Saryu and Mahakali rivers, Himalaya, India
An unforgettable fly fishing adventure
Our operators in India create unforgettable fly fishing trips in the beautiful region of Uttarakhand in north-east India bordering Nepal. These trips offer adventurous anglers the opportunity to catch a mighty golden mahseer.
Fishing edge of India and Nepal
Mahseer are one of the greatest and hardest fighting of all freshwater fish, and perhaps only truly understood by catching one. For fly fisherman this is a tough challenge, with the largest mahseer seemingly unattainable and unstoppable on fly tackle.
Mahseer are omnivores; feeding on a variety of fish, insects and crustaceans. Given the opportunity they will feed just as readily on figs and seeds. These pack hunters can sometimes be selective feeders; especially during clear and low conditions. Over the years, fishing methods have been finessed in order to tame these incredible fish, and Himalayan Outback lead from the front on mahseer fishing techniques.
The Himalayan guides include some of the best-known in the region and they know the behaviour of the hard fighting mahseer like the backs of their hands. They will help you select the appropriate fishing gear and ensure you fish in the best places to maximise your chances of the ultimate prize. This trip is for adventurous fishers but non-fishers are welcome too as there are constantly new areas to explore and new sights to see.
The season focuses either side of the monsoon, with prime fishing periods in October, and March to April. For more non-fishing orientated trips we recommend November, although the fishing is not at its prime the weather is consistent and viewing conditions are at their best.
Whether you are on a 10 day trip, fishing the Saryu River from base camp, on a 10 day float trip taking in the Saryu and Mahakali rivers or basing yourself on the edge of Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve to fish the Ramganga for mahseer you will be challenged and rewarded in equal measure; this is truly one of the world’s special places.
An incredible experience, from mountains to valleys
The accommodation on the river tour varies from expedition-style safari tents furnished with British campaign style field furniture, bedside table, lamp and crisp linen to comfortable, permanent chalets overlooking the river.
The team are dedicated to providing excellent customer service making the whole trip a comfortable experience from the minute you arrive to the time you check-in to fly home. Non-fishing excursions can be made to several lodge options in and around the Jim Corbett National Park and elsewhere throughout the region.
Explore The Uttarakhand region
The Uttarakhand region is famous for its rich flora and fauna including the endangered Bengal tiger that thrives in this area thanks to the Jim Corbett National Park. Its rivers are equally revered, and home to golden mahseer, chocolate mahseer, snow trout and the mighty gnooch.
In the shadows of the Himalayas these trips search the waters of the Ramganga, Saryu and Mahakali rivers while experiencing the local culture of this relatively untouched part of India.