Seems like Mahseer fishing trips to Jim Corbett Park have asserted a legendary status in Indian fishing history. A pilgrimage any passionate Golden Mahseer or Goonch catfish angler must make.

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The Ramganga River & Jim Corbett National Park


The western Ramganga River flows into the Jim Corbett Park, India's oldest National Park.  Not only are you living in and surrounded by some of India's finest unspoiled surroundings, but whilst fishing you will have the opportunities to sight fish to large Himalayan Mahseer due to the water clarity in the Ramganga.

Although the fishing schedule, as a result of national park restrictions, is outside the Corbett park itself, it is still within walking distance of the river-front retreat where you will stay and sleep.  In addition to the fishing, there are two very popular excursions,  a tiger safari search of a tiger in the wild and a Himalayan tour, both by foot and vehicle to see the amazing mountain views. 

Sight-fishing for Large Mahseer

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Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve


literally, 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.  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 commonplace and if you are lucky you may well catch a glimpse of one.

Although every aspect of India is liable to be new and overwhelming to the senses, to really get into the feel, tracking down one or some of Jim Corbett's books will give you a feel for the area in a way that you will not find in any guide-book!

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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.

 

 

 

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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. Many 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 staff, you are unlikely to find an operation with quite as many dedicated people on hand to assist you.  Each fisher will have an individual and highly experienced guide who will be able to assist with all aspects of your trip. 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.  Meals are served in the main dining area and a variety of continental and local Tandoori cuisine is on offer.

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Fishing Style


Compared to some of the larger rivers such as 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.

Fishing with spinning gear is also permitted and can be the most effective way of catching a large Mahseer or a Goonch

  • 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, I’ve 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

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Sample Ramganga Itinerary

Day 1

-Fly from Delhi to Pantnagar
-3 hr scenic drive to the lodge

Day 2 & 3

-Early starts with full day fishing, focusing on the home beat section or travelling further afield.

Day 4

-Early AM start with a wildlife tour of the Birjrani Forest within the National Park.
-Lunch back at the camp and fishing in the afternoon/evening over the best period

Day 5

-Another early rise to view the Kumaon Himalayan vistas when the air quality and clarity is best. Includes the Nanda Devi, one of India's highest peaks.
--Lunch back at the camp and fishing in the afternoon/evening over the best fishing period

Day 6

-Breakfast and return to Pantnagar airport
-Flight to Delhi

Schedule is fully flexible and can include as much fishing or alternate activities as you wish

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Availability and Pricing for the 2011 Season

Season

The season runs from Feb-May & Sept-Nov

Rate

US Dollars from $2,600 for a 7-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 full board accommodation
Full details on request

Note

Price does not include gratuities.

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.

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