Kashmir is the
best place for Trout fishing. The brown or Rainbow trout
of the Kashmir water is a good fighter like the Salmon. It
makes flashing runs, interspersed with repeated leaps from
present in all the streams and Nallahs of the valley. The
important ones are Lidder, Wangath, Gurez, Hamal, Lam,
Sindh, Kishenganga, Sukhnag, Doodhganga, Erin,
Ferozpur(Tangmarg), Bringi, Aharbal, Hirpora, Dachigam,
Kokernag, Naristan, Madhumati and Nowbugh. These streams
have been divided into a number of trout beats by the
Department of Fisheries.
The Fishing Season
The season runs from April to October. Only artificial
flies are allowed and each licence entitles the angler to
keep six fish a day, none being shorter than 7.5 cm. Beats
may be reserved for a day or a week at a time in one of
the three basic types of streams.
Larger rivers like Sindh or Liddar are full with snow,
melting from May to July, with an occasional pool under
boulders. Spinning is allowed here, but the wet fly and
weighted cast tests the skill of the angler and will
produce good results. In April, August and September these
rivers are quieter, and the bigger fish are said to lie in
the stiller waters.
Tributaries and water channels near these mainstream beats
provide another type of fishing throughout the season.
These are the smaller streams where only flies are
allowed, with wet fly fishing good all season. The third
type are the small spring fed streams and high altitude
lakes suitable for both dry and wet fly tackle.
A light two to three metre Rod (fishing rods cannot be
carried as hand luggage on aircraft for security reasons)
with an eight cm reel will suffice. Common flies in use in
Kashmir include Peacock, March Brown, Butcher, Jinger
Quill, Coachman, Woodcock & Green and Watson's Fancy.
There are 61 beats open for reservation throughout the
season, ranging from the turbulence of the Sindh and
Wangat Rivers to the tranquility of the high altitude
lakes Krishanshar, Vishanshar, Gangabal and Nunkhol.