Even though there are two distinctly different seasons for Golden Mahseer fishing that are dominated by the south-west Monsoon, a yearly phenomena. Picking the right season can be tricky. Here’s why?
While most Himalayan rivers typically fish well only for 2-3 weeks each season, before fish get pressured or move away.
Much like most Cypriniformes, Golden Mahseer are highly illusive, mobile but also aware of not just what is in the water but also outside. Given their highly evolved lateral lines, Weberian apparatus that plays and even more significant role in long range sound localization.
Hence devotees of notoriously finicky fish such as Carp, Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead, Permit as well as Tarpon will get the right set of expectations that are required for Golden Mahseer fishing.
So what are the two seasons?
What is your “call to adventure”?
Why do you want to take this journey and what is most important to you? Is it just a picture with a “big fish” or is it more than that?
And if your pilgrimage is just about that “big fish”. The trophy. It requires anglers to start learning about the habitat of the Golden Mahseer even before you get to the river to make your journey most potent.
What form of Golden Mahseer fishing are you most drawn to and why? And are you willing to push your personal fishing boundaries?
Are you an ardent fly angler and a confident fly caster?
Is this your first trip Golden Mahseer fishing?
It is important to consider personal fitness. Expect to be fishing in high temperatures. Walking or paddling good distances. Accessing some of the best waters is not as easy, as it may seem.
Travel partners and diversifying your itinerary to fit other priorities such as wildlife, cultural explorations can also play a role in picking a season.
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