The colors gold and silver, in addition to energy, which make the masher a much coveted trophy. We captured specimens of 6 kg, with flies and lures in the Saryu River, the heart of the India.
The golden mahseer (or Indian salmon), a member of the CARP family, has made its home in the rivers of the Himalayas. His fighting spirit has earned the esteem of the athletes during the time of the British Empire. So much so that Rudyard Kipling, the famous English writer of the early 20th century, Nobel Prize-winning author of, among others, The Jungle Book, he said about the mahseer: “which has the value capture him is that it is a true fisherman”.
Our search for mahseer begins with an 8 hour flight from France, followed
a train of 5 hours in Delhi to reach our first overnight stop. Then
another 5 hours by car on the winding road in the hills of Uttarakhand, a small State on the North of India, bordering Tibet and Nepal. A camp marks the end of this part of the trip, organized by Himalayan Outback. That same night we perform submissions against a bonfire beside the river Saryu.
All the characters
Our team was formed by European fishermen French Gilles and Arnaud, and the first to arrive. The relatively experienced Gilles had succeeded in convincing his friend, who never in his life had touched a fishing rod. Ana and Nevid formed an amazing Spanish pair of fly fishermen. Two citizens of the world who fell in love in India, while working in Bombay a few years ago, and now live in Barcelona. Finally, Andrew, an English gentleman who marvels just by the fact of being in nature.
We also met with Misty Dhillon, our host and founder of Himalayan Outback. As a true master of fly-fishing, his conversation is much appreciated and we anticipate the pessimistic that our chances of success are: as sometimes happens during a fishing trip, the weather plays tricks.
Violent storms come erupted during the night, which makes it virtually impossible to fishing the next day. In the words of Misty: “water is the color of coffee with milk. And even though it was clarified during the day, closer to the tone of the tea, it is still too dark so that the fish can see our lures.”
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