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Thanks for replays...

Well. So, as I understand, I need to catch the canny/spooky fish. This fish likes minnows (probably in silver/gold colours) and something from dough (like carp). Thinking about various insects and their life-forms too...

We will see and if everything will be OK I put report and photos here.


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Hi Janik,

Scored a 16lber on a self tied Hellgrammite imitation in Jan 06. It looks like a dragonfly nymph on steroids. Here's the dressing:
Hook: Size 2/0 Dai-Ichi livebait hook
Tail: None
Body: thin lead wire or foil, built up to 4mm thickness, lathered with dubbed dark olive antron, build it till halfway down the bend of the hook
Head: Light brown cotton thread built upto 6mm thickness, varnished with clear lacquer

Winter is good for flyfishing, especially on Northern mountain waters, especially the Ramganga. The fish are there and feeding on abundant insect life due to clear water. You need to look for rocky water, not more than 2' deep, preferably with some evidence of weeds (plenty in winter and just after). Don't bother fishing slow pools. The best will be taken in broken water where they can't inspect the lure too closely. Dead drifted nymphs on a tight-ish line and fast stripped baitfish imitations (Green Clouser Minnow! Yeah!)

Don't use anything less than a 12lb fluorocarbon leader,

Other flies that work are Walker's Mayfly nymph, most beadhead nymphs, esp if theyre greenish.
Oh yes. Take a page from the British era books and buy some fly-spoons. If you can't get them anywhere, fix yourself one, or several: take a small spinnerblade (0-2). Fix a small swivel (carp rig swivels very good) with a good, small split ring and mount a straight shank single on the ring. Casts like a fly, catches like a plug. My best on flyspoon was 21lbs just after the rains on the Ladhya river, one of Jim Corbett's favourite fly rod rivers.

Hope above helps, Cheers
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Vedan

Enjoyed reading yr post :-)

Must get started on a fly rod..

Thanks again


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Hi Viraj

You absolutely must.
If you've never felt like crying in fear with a fish on the rod, be prepared for an humbling experience.
A single handed fly rod on mahseer takes some getting used to and on tiredness count, I don't know who tires who- my arm and shoulder need a double cig break after landing anything over5lbs.

Spring would be the perfect time to get into it say end Feb or so.

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just one final suggestion. I recommended 5lb clear mono leader, v suggested 12lb flouro.

If you're trying to chuck a heavy fly / flyspoon, then tapered leaders are much easier to cast with. clear mono is very important on the ramganga.

An extensive range of tapered leaders are manufactured for bonefishing which are ideal, 15lb reducing to 5 - 10lb at the tippet.


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Hi Janik,

I live very close to the Ramganga and fish it often. If you're there in Feb, I'll keep my eyes open for you- there can't be too many flyfishers on the Ramganga, especially below Marchula.
Let me know dates when you're there and I'll see if I can join you, as I travel quite a bit.

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