Fly Fishing in the Himalayas – Harsh Rana Rating: ****
By: Yovana Pataroo
This article is a brief summary of the fly fishing experience on the streams and rivers of the Himalayan waters. It discusses the different types of fish including their characteristics and skills/tools needed to succeed a catch.
Himalayan waters are mostly composed of wild brown trout mostly found in cold water streams or rivers. The best trout waters are tributaries to the mainstream rivers of the valley of an altitude of 4500ft to 9000 ft. These river valley also offer amazing site seeing, birding, indigenous cultures, many other nature attractions and fly fishing. In order to fly fish in the Himalayan Rivers curtains baits are needed to be used at the appropriate time. Within different occasions nymphs or dry flies work well. To have a successful catch the best rob suited for this sport is 8ft/4/5wt with a clear line. Another common species which are widespread in Spring Rivers, glacial rivers and lower range lakes are the Himalayan Golden Mahseer. These fish are indigenous fish which have evolved over centuries to survive and are productive in both size and numbers. They are also among one of the most challenging fish species to target with a fly rod [9ft 7wt] and tend to be very aggressive using the current to their advantage. The best time to fish Golden Mahseer are in April-May and October- November.
From this article I have learned more on the outdoor fly fishing technics and about the appropriate equipment needed. It has showed me the patients required when dealing with any outdoor situation. This sport requires a lot of patient and can be challenging without proper equipment or knowledge. It has also shown me different links in nature, how everything is connect to one another. For example in this article Mahseer trout are known to be vital indicator of the Eco-system’s health. Since Mahseer are omnivorous fish which consume algae, insects, frogs, crustaceans and other fish the well-being of the fish found it the rivers also indicate the Eco-system’s health. This article has definitely shown me the interesting links in nature that are invisible to the eye and has me interested in this new sport.
Rana, Harsh. “ Fly Fishing in the Himalayas.” Global . Web.Nov. 3. 2014. < http://globalflyfisher.com/global/the-himalayas/>