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Wet wading

#21
Yes we were told about the temple area to fish, he was very honest and reckons you could get a taxi from Delhi and buy a permit locally to fish it. But with no cap on numbers of rods means it could be a nightmare and not my idea of a dream trip. We're on the Mahakali float trip so will access some remote areas of river well away from the crowds. If we can catch fish into double figures then I'll take that.

Good shout for the stone loach imitation lures, apparently Perch and trout patterns are pretty good, rapala x rap and j 13 lures also recommended. Will take a few classic patterns too. Can't have too much tackle..:)
 

Rhys Perry

Senior Member
#22
Still kicking myself for not getting out there when I had the chance before the stupid ban.
I did get out there eventually but had to settle for fishing krs dam in the end for carp. Joe, the chap who ran it, was a great host, he did manage to wangle me a couple of days on a private bit of water where I had a couple of small blue mahseer, 12 + 20lb, plus some nice carp.
Wasn't quite what I had in mind but enjoyed it.
Seems these northern trips are all that's left to go for, though I think Nepal has largely untapped potential. Definitely going back at some point as I still haven't seen a wild Tiger, another on the bucket list!
 
#23
Rhys, check out 'Tears for Tigers' on Facebook and use link to website. It was one company we considered but didn't take up due to extra transfer to Kathmandu and he couldn't promise us the amount of fishing time we were after. Possibly catch Mahseer and do a Tiger trek in one trip, he will tailor trips to suit. Maybe another time...
 

Mark Swaby

Senior Member
#24
Fishing in Coorg 2 years ago,there were two enormous roars on the far bank,we were desperate to see the owner of the roar,the guides were pooping themselves,alas no luck.I always wondered if you put up one of those motion cameras what you would see wandering about the camp at night,probably leopards.My mate Bill Rolfe nearly walked into a Tusker elephant about 2am in the middle of the camp at galibore when heading back from a bit of night fishing.I asked him how he knew it was a tusker,he said he shined his torch straight into its face. Corbett national park fishing was a favorite to see tigers whilst fishing,then they banned fishing in the park.
 
#25
Fishing in Coorg 2 years ago,there were two enormous roars on the far bank,we were desperate to see the owner of the roar,the guides were pooping themselves,alas no luck.I always wondered if you put up one of those motion cameras what you would see wandering about the camp at night,probably leopards.My mate Bill Rolfe nearly walked into a Tusker elephant about 2am in the middle of the camp at galibore when heading back from a bit of night fishing.I asked him how he knew it was a tusker,he said he shined his torch straight into its face. Corbett national park fishing was a favorite to see tigers whilst fishing,then they banned fishing in the park.
The wildlife should be interesting although don't want to get too close to it all. I'm really more concerned about the smaller, crawling, biting, stinging insects etc. One extra reason I'll be hanging up my boots at the end of each day!
 
#26
You are lucky you never fished Galibore there was a terror called Dave mac who took great delight catching all sorts of beasts.The first time in camp,within the hour, he caught a pit viper and brought it to the table for us to photo,it had a frog in its mouth,the table cleared.He would bring scorpions,spiders,snakes etc in often.There was a vid on youtube of him jumping in the river after a 7ft snake (' The snake man' uploaded by hosegood on october 19 2007 with 1902 views)i was glad i was with the lad filming opposite side of the river.He tried for a King cobra for a couple of days after seeing one go into a depression under a rock the size of a house, fishing right next to the rock.If you have Sanjew for a guide he catches King cobras for extra pocket money,so keep him close.Bobbie is also a top guide if you can get either /both then do so.
 
#27
Rhys, check out 'Tears for Tigers' on Facebook and use link to website. It was one company we considered but didn't take up due to extra transfer to Kathmandu and he couldn't promise us the amount of fishing time we were after. Possibly catch Mahseer and do a Tiger trek in one trip, he will tailor trips to suit. Maybe another time...
Is that Tiger Tops in Bardia? I stopped in a place close to that about ten years ago, considerably cheaper than Tiger Tops which is top dollar. Wasn't there for the fishing but did manage a couple of hours with some poor local tackle and saw three big fish which I spooked with a dodgy looking lure! Not sure what they were but guessing mahseer. Cracking national park, nice and quite, not too many tourists and I'd say some good potential for fishing.
I got a bus there from Pokra which took about 24 hours! Think I'll fly if I ever go again!
 
#28
Is that Tiger Tops in Bardia? I stopped in a place close to that about ten years ago, considerably cheaper than Tiger Tops which is top dollar. Wasn't there for the fishing but did manage a couple of hours with some poor local tackle and saw three big fish which I spooked with a dodgy looking lure! Not sure what they were but guessing mahseer. Cracking national park, nice and quite, not too many tourists and I'd say some good potential for fishing.
I got a bus there from Pokra which took about 24 hours! Think I'll fly if I ever go again!
Could well be Rhys, it's run by a guy named Jack Boucher. Specialises in trips to Nepal, Sri Lanka etc that are generally off the beaten track. An interesting option some day I reckon.
 
#29
Well the wet wading is no longer a mystery (left the boots there) and the trip is done and dusted. What an awesome experience it was, the people, the setting, the wildlife (lots of leopard activity etc) the food was fantastic and the rafting was great fun, the fishing really was a bonus with a truly inspirational backdrop.

It was a steep old learning curve, continually casting into class 2 rapids on a snow melt river was worth the effort though and my lure casting is now spot on, it was as far removed from a trip to the Kennet as you can imagine.

I was lucky enough to catch a few a Mahseer with the best 2 an estimated 23/24lb and beast of around 35lb that’s still making me smile. I’d put up some pictures if I knew how...the power of the first run has to be seen and felt to be believed, it’s something else.

Unfortunately time is running out for the river as plans are afoot to build a Dam, access roads are already being built so don’t hang around if you fancy fishing the North Indian/Nepalese border for Mahseer on the Mahakali river.

It’s tough going with the heat and very rough terrain but well worth the effort. Would be happy to pass on any tackle advice etc to anyone interested.
 
#34
We're doing the float trip so waterproof luggage a must. Just brought a decent waterproof hold-all and looking for a day bag currently. Still got rods and lures to buy as well, looking at the Daiwa whisker spin rods as they're recommended by someone who has spun for Mahseer. Getting quite excited even though 10 months away.
Wow! what a fantastic trip that will be, I have stuffed my head full of all the tv programmes and books on the subject. :)
 
#35
Highly recommended Neil, far exceeded our expectations and the people we dealt with at the Himalayan outback were fantastic from start to finish.

Like a lot of people our age we’d grown up watching John Wilson catching here, there and everywhere and the seeds were sewn back in the 80’s after seeing the Mahseer episodes of Go Fishing.

Well worth saving up for that’s for sure.