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Meet Misty Dhillon, our in-house Golden Mahseer fishing expert.

The legendary Golden Mahseer stands as the most iconic catch within the realm of Himalayan fly fishing enthusiasts. This majestic freshwater species has maintained its position among the top 10 angling pursuits for numerous years. Fascinating generations of anglers by its elusive nature stems only in a select few rivers coursing through the lofty Himalayan terrain of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan as well as Myanmar.

Thus good prep. stands as the linchpin of success along with careful advance planning are imperative, ensuring readiness to confront any challenges that may arise, while you find the sweet spot of the swing. However, if you are serious about Golden Mahseer fishingt, it’s crucial to seek the guidance of an expert.

Hailing from the Himalayan foothills of northern India, Misty’s roots trace back to the region. His fascination with the Golden Mahseer took root at the tender age of 15, transforming into an unwavering ardor that compelled him to spend hours, days, weeks, and even months on the water. Throughout his 20s and 30s, he immersed himself in guiding and organizing expeditions dedicated to pursuing the enigmatic Golden Mahseer along the borders shared by India and Nepal—an area teeming not only with this prized fish but also the iconic Bengal Tiger and a plethora of other wildlife.

Misty Dhillon’s travels revolved around his quest for the elusive Golden Mahseer since 1995. Yet, the true odyssey commenced with his co-founding of Transformative Travel, driven by an unwavering passion.

Misty also stands as a travel designer par excellence, adept at intricately crafting experiences that center around specific species pursuits, like the Golden Mahseer. These endeavors are infused with the principles of conservation-oriented regenerative tourism, employing tools such as catch and release fly fishing, alongside community-based tourism initiatives.

So what are Golden Mahseer?

The Golden Mahseer, much like the Bengal Tiger, serves as a bioindicator species. Concerns about their future are shared among anglers worldwide. However, the combined efforts of local engagement and community-driven projects, like catch and release angling, are effectively raising awareness within local populations, largely thanks to the influential reach of social media platforms.

It is our aspiration that the valuable work carried out by entities such as the Mahseer Trust, local forest departments, diligent yet resource-stretched fisheries officers, indigenous guides, and locally-owned small business lodges will persist in its excellence, just as it did prior to the pandemic.

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I was recently posed with the intriguing question: “What are your top three rivers for Himalayan Mahseer fly fishing, and what makes them stand out?” This thought-provoking inquiry has motivated me to pen down and impart some of my cherished personal encounters during my Mahseer fly fishing expeditions.

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