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Golden Mahseer fly fishing

What is the most elusive fish to catch in the world?

We're not sure if it's the most elusive fish in the world or the one that is most likely take a fly. But we do know that when you catch these fish, you'll be doing something right.

The Golden Mahseer, a native fish to the Himalayas, is one of the most elusive fish in the world. There are only three places left where it can be found: India’s Brahmaputra River, Nepal’s headwaters of Langtang Khola and Bhutan’s Manas River. In terms of appearance, it is small but very colorful with black vertical stripes on its sides and a large golden hump on its back. You’ll need nerves of steel to catch this fish because it takes off like lightning when disturbed by human activity or predators. If you’re lucky enough to catch one though, prepare for an unforgettable experience!

Golden Mahseer

This freshwater fish of the genus Tor putitora is found in the rivers of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. It has a golden body with black stripes on its back. The fish can grow up to 60cm long and weigh up to 3kg (7lb). The Golden Mahseer has been listed as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Elusive Fish” by Sport Fishing Magazine.

Golden Dorado

The Golden Dorado, also known as the Arawana (or “dragon fish”), is a freshwater sport fish native to the Amazon River and its tributaries. The species can grow up to 4 feet long, weighing as much as 40 pounds. The golden dorado has sharp teeth and eats mostly meat. These characteristics make it an exciting challenge for anglers to catch but still extremely difficult even for experienced anglers who might have caught hundreds of different types of fish in their life time.

The Golden Dorado is one of those elusive fish that rarely comes out during the day because they prefer shady areas with lots of vegetation cover such as fallen trees or bushes where they hide from predators like jaguars, ocelots and caimans (freshwater alligators). They also like shallow water near shorelines where they can feed on smaller prey items such as insects, worms or crustaceans. 


There is a fish known as the Payara, which is native to South America. The payara (scientifically known as Hydrolycus scomberoides) can grow up to 1.5 meters in length and has a golden color that makes it very difficult to see in the waters of the Amazon River, where it lives. This freshwater fish can be caught on lures or using live bait like worms or crickets. A large number of anglers have reported that catching this elusive creature can be challenging—but if you’re lucky enough to land one, you’ll surely have bragging rights for years to come!

Payaras are also known as Peacock Bass because their colors resemble those of peacocks beautifully. In fact, many people keep these fish as pets since they make great pets who do not require much maintenance at all; all they need is good food and water conditions in order to thrive well in captivity!

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