Fishing The Ramganga River

The western Ramganga River enters the tiger reserve and it is separated into four beats that offer fisherman an opportunity to fish in this well protected and completely unique fly-fishing environment. These beats present unique sight-fishing opportunities with similarities to the New Zealand style of fishing. Large Himalayan Mahseer can be individually spotted and sight-fished for. Compared to some of the larger rivers such ad the Saryu the Ramganga River is more suited to a sturdy single or a short double handed rod. Presentation and stealth can be more important and fishing early morning and late evening is often the most productive. Although the walks up and down the riverbank are not arduous anglers do have to be of a reasonable level of fitness to get the most of the fishing.

India: Mahseer Fishing In The Himalayas: Ramganga River Camp <<< Click here to find out where Ramganga River Camp is.

Sight-fishing for Large Mahseer Sight-fishing for Large Mahseer
Sight-fishing for Large Mahseer requires nerves of steel and patience

Location & Environment

The Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve has been described by many as one of the most prolific eco-systems of the Indian sub-continent. Enriching this land of the royal Bengal tiger is the emerald green, boulder-strewn western Ramganga River and its tributaries that cascade through its eastern periphery. The river runs through the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve and one of the highlights of this trip is that anglers are allowed to fish inside the Tiger reserve from November 15th through April. This is a truly stunning eco-system that is host to one of the highest concentrations of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Trails along the river-bank are common place and if you are lucky you may well catch a glimpse of one.

Ramganga River Ramganga River
The Ramganga River and its surroundings exude both charm and mystery

The Experience

Any remote fishing lodge can confidently say that they offer an experience however a trip to India is a step beyond most. Mahseer fishing in the Himalayas is far more than a fishing trip. You will be immersed in the local culture and surrounded by astounding scenery and wildlife. This is a chance to see and experience remote Northern India in all its beauty. On your journey some of what you see may be shocking, all will be eye-opening and enlightening and most of all it will be a true adventure.

Anglers and Elephants
Anglers and Elephants seem absolutely happy to co-exist

The Ramganga Camp & Staff

During your stay you will be hosted by the Himalayan Outback who have made it their mission to know more about Mahseer fishing in Northern India than anyone else. Most of the trips are hosted by Misty Dhillon who has either hosted or advised most of the well-known TV programmes and celebrity Mahseer anglers who have fished these waters. The emphasis during your trip is on colonial style comfort. In terms of manpower you are unlikely to find an operation with quite as many dedicated staff on hand to assist you. At times you will probably wonder what they are all doing however this is India and manpower is in ample supply! Each fisher will have an individual and highly experienced guide who will be able to assist with all aspects of your trip.

Ramganga Camp Ramganga Camp
Cottages are large, airy and beautifully furnished with Colonial style furniture

Anglers stay in individual cottages, constructed from locally sourced materials and decked out in colonial style comfort with British colonial campaign style furnishings that includes a rose wood bed, dressing tables, chairs, cupboard and luggage rack. Each cottage has a private veranda and sitting area overlooking the river as well as an ensuite bathroom with running water. An additional camp is set up down river to provide convenient access to some of the lower beats.

Our Testimonial

"Stunning scenery, crystal water and the opportunity to actually fish for Mahseer that you can see. That, to me, is of a massive importance. The constant awareness of so many big cats so close to you. Of course, many times, Iíve been aware of eyes upon me but never to the extent I experienced at The Himalayan Outback camp. The crackle and anticipation you could almost reach out and touch. And, vitally, just the levels of service, friendship, generosity and hospitality. These ingredients are essential to the mix and so often overlooked in so many camps"
John Bailey, Feb 2010

Meals are served in the main dining area and a variety of continental and local Tandoori cuisine is on offer including freshly baked bread, pies and cakes, all set amidst a breathtaking backdrop of the lower Himalayan ranges.

Alternative Activities Whilst in India

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Best Times to Go

The autumn Mahseer season in the Northern Himalayas follows the Monsoons and runs from Sept to mid-Nov. Skies are typically clearer and nights colder although the days remain a very pleasant temperature. During the spring the season runs from Feb-May with March-May being very warm.

Getting There

Guests fly to Delhi where they will be met on arrival by a representative from the Himalayan Outback. Although it is possible to head straight to the River most guests overnight in Delhi before heading to the River. The drive from Delhi to the River takes approx 8 hours although it is also possible to take a train.

Availability and Pricing for the 2011 Season

Season: The season runs from Feb-May & Sept-Nov
Rate: US Dollars from $2,600 for a 4 day fishing Trip
Trips are individually priced to meet schedules and requirements. You will be provided with a detailed itinerary and quote on application
Package Includes:
  • Price includes accommodation.
  • All transportation on arrival at Delhi International Airport.
  • All meals and drinks.
  • Itinerary is subject to change - Full details on request.
Note: Price does not include gratuities.

If you would like to know more about India, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Justin Maxwell Stuart Justin Maxwell Stuart

Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
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Background reading for your trip:

"Circumventing the Mahseer" by J. MacDonald

Our Comments:

Major A St J MacDonald is the doyen of Himalayan and Burmese angling and his book is recognised as a classic on the subject. It is now reprinted for anglers who would like to relive their golden memories of "Ye Fine Fishing of Ye Past" and for the younger generation of aspiring anglers who need to learn all there is to know about the magnificent mahseer.

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"Man-Eaters of Kumaon" by Jim Corbett

Our Comments:

A fishing trip to the likes of India is not just a trip in pursuit of a particular fish but a complete experience. If you really want to get a feel for old school India in the days when man-eating Tigers were the dominant rural authority then reading any of Jim Corbett's books should be considered an essential bit of background reading.

Jim Corbett was an author of great renown. His books on the man-eating tigers he once tracked are not only established classics, but have by themselves created almost a separate literary genre. Man Eaters of Kumaon is the best known of Corbett's books, one which offers ten fascinating and spine-tingling tales of pursuing and shooting tigers in the Indian Himalayas during the early years of this century. The stories also offer first-hand information about the exotic flora, fauna, and village life in this obscure and treacherous region of India, making it as interesting a travelogue as it is a compelling look at a bygone era of big-game hunting.

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