Misty Dhillon is a lifelong fisherman, explorer and conservationist. He got obsessed by Golden Mahseer at the age of just 15, and spent his 20’s and 30’s exploring rivers in the foothills of the Himalayas for their fly fishing potential. He pioneered leading fine-detail, specie-oriented expeditions in search of the Golden Mahseer—an iconic, bio-indicator species that is considered to be the hardest fighting freshwater fish on our planet. His journey had him living outside India’s oldest Jim Corbett tiger reserve, fly fishing in and around critical tiger habitat and running river expeditions on the borders of India and Nepal.
Misty Dhillon is a pioneering guide and fly fishing instructor who has led anglers through India’s most remote wilderness. For over two decades he has also brought attention to the mindful aspects of the sport and creating transformational expereinces.
At the age of 33, Misty became India’s first FFI-certified casting instructor and has since trained local guides in the art of fly fishing, outdoor hospitality, and fine detail logistics in running camps. He pioneered a number of Golden Mahseer flies that have proven their success over the years.
Misty’s not just a pioneering guide but also an excellent host—be it in an inclusive lodge operation or float trip floating through critical tiger habitat, expedition camping and likes of it. He specializes in putting together the best teams, tirelessly working with guests before their adventure to make sure they are ready.
Transformative Travel is proud to offer high-level service on our fly fishing journeys, and that’s because we’ve been doing it for over 20 years. Our founder, Misty Dhillon, has been in the industry since before it was cool—and he’s seen it all.
When you book with us, you’re booking with a company that has more than just experience: we have expertise in not jus the outer aspects of travel, but also the inner aspects. Our guides know what they’re doing, and they know how to make sure that your time on the water is safe and potent.
We also do more than just provide great gear and expert advice. Transformative Travel is all about honoring these five potent aspects of travel.
Misty Dhillon has traveled the world, from the Himalayas to Howard County. He’s spent 15 years organizing expeditions in the Himalayas and lived in the Jim Corbett National Park, which is India’s oldest critical tiger habitat preserve. Misty and Aikta moved to Howard County to start Transformative Travel, offering meaningful journeys around the globe. With over 20 years of connections in the travel industry and a passion for hospitality and mindful travel isn’t just what Misty does—it’s who he is.
His love for fly fishing is infectious. You’re looking at a man who pursued fly fishing for Golden Mahseer when everyone said it wasn’t possible. That too living in India for most of his life, Misty’s come a long way to offering world-class fly fishing instruction here in Maryland waters and bring awareness to the potency of stepping outdoors by honoring yourself every time you step out, locally, nationally or internationally.
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