The Indian sub-continent’s numero uno predatory fish that makes for the finest angling experience is the Golden Mahseer or Himalayan Mahseer (Tor putitora). There are many sub-species of the Mahseer with varying scale colouration and snout shape. All have large fins and a strong, muscular shoulder which makes them immensely strong swimmers, what with the water currents they constantly have to swim against. These sporting fish are excellent fighters when hooked, especially in the Himalayan region. The fish can also be found in mountainous rivers and streams from Iran in the West, all the way up to Myanmar and Thailand in the East.
This “Salmon” of Indian waters, as the first British anglers often described it, is an angler’s delight. Catch one above 10lbs. and you’ll know what we mean by saying that. Catch one above 40lbs. and you’ll want to return again and again to hunt for them. Catch one above 70lbs and you’ll want to forget Canada and Alaska and keep coming back to the Indian sub-continent and to Aquaterra.
That stated, the fish is an endangered species and we follow a strict catch & release policy for these fish at Aquaterra.
The agile TROUT
Unlike the Golden Mahseer, which is an indigenous species, the trout and its various species and sub-species were introduced into Indian waters by the British, well over a century ago. They have since flourished in our mountain brooks, streams and rivers.
The Brown Trout (the more common, Salmo trutta) and the Rainbow Trout (the rarer, Oncorhynchus mykiss) are found in Indian waters ranging from the State of Jammu & Kashmir to Himachal Pradesh and into Uttarakhand. We will soon have this aspect of our Angling Adventures set up. Stay tuned and do not forget to register, so we keep you in to the loop.
Other fish possible to catch on some of our expeditions:
The Giant Devil Cat Fish a.k.a. ‘Goonch’ (Bagarius yarrelli), the Snow Trout a.k.a. ‘Asla’ (Schizothorax) and the Indian Mottled Eel (Anguilla bengalensi) can also be caught in the region, amongst a few other indigenous species.