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Catch the best Golden Mahseer fishing season in the Himalayas.

Monsoon-dominated season: Golden Mahseer fishing is a seasonal affair. There are two seasons for Golden Mahseer fishing:

  1. Pre Monsoon: The peak of the pre monsoon season begins in March and continues through June. It’s important to understand this when planning a fishing adventure, especially if you’re new to Golden Mahseer fishing. 
  2. Post Monsoon: As early as August and as late as November depending on the location. The timing of the migration of Golden Mahseer is highly variable, but generally spans for just 2-3 weeks on a river, which makes is even shorter than the pre monsoon window.

Much like most Cypriniformes, Golden Mahseer are illusive, but mobile and 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. 

It’s no secret that fishing for Golden Mahseer are the toughest of them all. Hence if you are a devotee of pursuing notoriously finicky fish such as Carp, Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead, Permit as well as Tarpon you’ll be right at home in Golden Mahseer fishing water. 


What is your “call to adventure”?

We are all trying to discover ourselves through fishing. Some people are looking for a picture with a big fish, while others are looking for the journey.

And if your pilgrimage is just about that “big fish”. It requires anglers to learn about the habitat of the Golden Mahseer even before you get to the river to make your journey not just potent, but also productive. 

There is a pretty good chance you can catch them on flies, lures and even bait. Though fly fishing and lure fishing are the best way to fish these rivers.

If you want your rivers to keep giving, it’s 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.

Season is a key factor in travel planning, but also one that can be hard to nail down. Take advantage of the possibilities—from local festivals and cultural events to wildlife sightings and low-key escapes.

Seasonal Recommendations

By Region

  • Western, central or eastern Bhutan: From March 15 through early June and October. 
  • Western Nepal: From March 15 through early June. End September early-mid October. 
  • Northern India: March through early June. End September and early-mid October. 
  • North Eastern India: February, March, August, September and October. 

Feeling called to an adventure can be overwhelming.

Live it up and manifest your dream. Consider a trip to Bhutan, Nepal or India while being guided by the best guides in the business. 

Check out our 2023-24 calendar of Golden Mahseer fishing in Bhutan, Nepal but also India. 

Blog - Best River for Mahseer Fishing

Dive Deeper and learn more.

Someone recently asked, what my top 3 rivers are, and why? 

A great question that inspired me to write and share some of my personal experiences while fly fishing for Mahseer. 

Mahseer fly fishing Saryu India


Golden Mahseer

The iconic Golden Mahseer is one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish as it has evolved with the youngest mountain ranges of the world, the Himalayas. 


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Things you need to know before planning your adventure to the Himalayas for Golden Mahseer fishing. 

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