Not Your Average Fishing Trip
The Himalayan Outback is not your average fishing trip, just as the Golden Mahseer is not your ordinary fish. Pursuing this armored freshwater fish draws anglers into the Himalayan frontier of northern India, where the experienced local guides of The Himalayan Outback have established a unique fishing program with mobile camps and multi-day floats on productive stretches of the Saryu and Mahakali Rivers on the Indian and Nepalese border. Our outfitter specializes in customizing trips in this rugged frontier area and their guides have all lived and worked extensively throughout the region. A journey through the outback of the Himalayas leaves fishermen with memories of more than just a world-class fishing experience. The simplicity of the region, the people encountered, and the incredible landscapes are a sight unto themselves. You will definitely want to bring your camera for this trip.
On the river, the camp will be set up daily in a new location that the hosts have determined is located on a productive stretch of the river. The camps are basic and comfortable and include linens and blankets on large cots inside private tents. At the end of each day, a hot bucket bath and cold beers will be available, and anglers can relax with a small fire on the banks of the river.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast is served each morning in the dining area of the camp before the day’s float on the river. Packed meals are provided and served during the break for lunch. After each day of fishing, a full Indian dinner will be served under a canvas canopy. The in-house chef will prepare an authentic Himalayan meal that will reflect local cuisine.
Typical Length of Stay
Trip packages run anywhere from six (6) to ten (10) days. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details and specific rates.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The Himalayan Outback can customize any itinerary to include visits to the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, guided visits to Kumaon villages, mountain hikes, birding walks, or a drive to view some of the world’s highest Himalayan ranges. Trip arrangements can also be made to the region of Rajasthan, which is known for its incredible palaces, including the Taj Mahal.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available in most New Delhi hotels. Due to the remote fishing locations visited by The Himalayan Outback, WiFi and cell service are not available on the excursions.
How To Get There
Your trip starts upon arrival New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), where you will be met by a representative from The Himalayan Outback. After overnighting at a hotel in Delhi, you will board a train the following morning for a five to six-hour journey to the frontier of Northern India. There, you will be met by the guides of The Himalayan Outback and driven approximately five hours to the first river camp.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Yellow Dog will be happy to work with you to line up the correct international flight itinerary and transfers.
All foreign travelers to India must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the completion of their trip. Citizens of all countries also need a visa to visit India. There are no exceptions. Yellow Dog will be happy to assist with visa applications and information for India.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
While fishing with The Himalayan Outback, anglers will share a raft to access different sections of the river. Fishing is generally done by wade fishing from the bank, although on some larger rivers, fishing from the raft can at times be productive. For many scenarios encountered, we recommend a 200 to 250-grain sinking tip (or similar) fly line that will allow you to effectively strip streamers in deeper water and faster currents. Overall, a variety of presentations can be used, including skating dries, dead-drifting nymphs, or even swinging spey flies with a two-handed rod. Fishing for Mahseer is in many ways similar to fishing for steelhead or Atlantic salmon. The types of water that Mahseer inhabits in the Himalayan foothills range from crystal clear, small channels and streams to large, off-colored glacial rivers.
Northern India’s four-month fishing window consists of a Spring season (March through May) and an Autumn season (late September through late October):
By late February each year, the region’s short winter eases into a beautiful spring – usually by early March. This results in an immediate increase in fish activity. As the area water temperatures rise consistently, Mahseer that is generally inactive and sluggish during the winter months begin feeding actively – hunting in the shallows and feeding on both baitfish and insect hatches. As spring progresses towards the month of May, the heat intensifies and the snowmelt from the Himalayan ranges trigger an up-river migration of Mahseer. This marks a significant phase of the spring/summer fishing season, and the fishing keeps getting better! During this time, large numbers of Mahseer congregate at “hot-spots” in anticipation of the approaching monsoons, feeding voraciously whenever given the opportunity as they prepare for the yearly migratory ritual during the monsoons. The spring months are also a great time of the year to combine fishing with wildlife safaris. The Saryu/Kali rivers fishing adventure can be combined with wildlife safaris to one of India’s finest tiger areas – the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. Host to one of the largest concentrations of Bengal Tigers in the world and one of the only tiger reserves that allow overnight stays within the park, this is a great add-on and compliment to any India fishing adventure.
A large part of the spawning ritual takes place during the monsoons (July through mid-September), and in this raging and hostile environment, none but the toughest fish will make it to the next season. As the monsoon eases off and begins to dissipate towards mid-September, schools of Mahseer begin dropping back into their favorite resident pools, feeding voraciously before settling in for the winter. This marks the shorter autumn fishing season, which lasts for exactly one month (September 25th through October 25th). This is another great time for fishing for the Himalayan Mahseer, and the fall fishing weeks can be very productive.
Boats and Equipment
Fishermen will float-fish and wade fish via self-bailing rafts. Each boat is equipped with a cooler for food and drinks during the day. It is recommended that anglers bring all rods, reels, waders, boots, flies and terminal tackle.
2019 Season Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Packages usually run 12 full days in-country, although trips of other lengths of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
March 4-9, 2018: $1,920.00 per person
April 7-16, 2018: $3,900.00 per person
May 12-21, 2018: $2,780.00 per person
March 16-25, 2019: $3,900.00 per person
- Meet and greet at the New Delhi International Airport (DEL)
- 2 nights in the hotel in New Delhi
- 7 nights in private river camps (double occupancy)
- 2 nights in Te Aroha, Dhanachulli (double occupancy)
- Meals from breakfast on day 2 to dinner on day 11
- All beverages including bottled mineral water
- One fishing guide for every two anglers
- Fishing permits and taxes.
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare
- Meals in the Delhi
- Gratuities for camp staff and guides
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional accommodation/transfers/sightseeing that is not part of the itinerary