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Well, I finally made it to Galibore with enough tackle for every eventuality though some of which never came out of the case. Really impressed with the camp and the river though people were commenting on how low it was, apparently at March levels and it was to get lower as the week progressed.

The low water had apparently forced the larger fish downstream and some anglers had moved down to Galibore with them. However, our group struggled to connect with anything of any size. We all got our names in the book with fish over 10lbs but the best were a couple of 20's and a 30. Other people fishing there seemed to do better, picking up 20's and 30's with a couple of 40's as well. Fishing was generally slow with some sessions not even producing a fish.

The highlight, which I wish I'd seen (the pictures were stunning) was a superb 95lb Golden caught by a Spaniard in his last session there on 13th Jan. There was a bit of a party that night !

I had gone there with the intention of trying to catch a Mahseer on a fly and was struggling until the last day. I didn't send much time trying, the guides were keen to stick to methods that worked - ragi, chilwa & crab. Therefore most of my efforts were expended during the lunch break. I had fun with the carnatic carp under the trees by the camp and had a reasonable number on a dry fly (french partridge mayfly and grasshopper) but couldn't get anything to connect with my streamers in the faster water.

On the last day I opted to spend the whole morning fly fishing with nymphs. This was a good move as I returned with 3 mahseer and a carp. They were small, not much more than a couple of pounds but put up a great fight on a fly rod. I think I'm right in saying that I was the only one of our party to catch a Mahseer that morning so it was really worth doing.

If I was to return, and I'd love to in 2010, I'd not bother spinning but would spend more time fly fishing as well as chucking out large balls of ragi. I'd love a 10lb (or more) fish on a fly rod and I can't imagine what it would be like to connect to a 95lb fish on any rod - must go back.

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nice write up john. got any pics? :D


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Only a few hundred pics ! I'm trying to sort them and end up with a sensible selection. I'm also trying to get a copy of photos of the 95lb fish. I'll post it if I succeed In the meantime here a few.

This is Mysoremara for those that know it, it may give an idea of the water level.


This is a 43lb fish caught by the same guy that got the 95lb. This is just below the previous picture a few days before.


A small Mahseer on a small fly on a big fly rod.


A slightly bigger carp on a dry fly (grasshopper) on a smaller fly rod.


My largest Mahseer, only 14lb. I caught 17 but only three were over 10lb. They all fought well, especially in the faster water, but only those around 8lb upwards were memorable.


Thre more I write about it the more I wish I was still there.

John


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