Last May I went to New Caledonia for GT popping. One evening, over some spirits on the boat I started talking to David ( LPB charter Operator) about fishing in India and invariably the topic rested on Masheer!
David was rather excited about the mighty fresh water fish and I invited him over to India to fish the Ganges .
I picked him up from the New Delhi Airport on the 17th October Morning and found ourselves in a jeep 18th at day break driving from Hardwar to the upper Ganges.
We spent 5 days on the river, rafting, camping and moving from spot to spot without one single bite. No fish sighted, no chase nothing ….nothing. WE were casting from day break to noon and afternoons to sun down sometimes even in the nights.
We started to doubt our capabilities as anglers . Endless questions and theories on the migration pattern, are they resident do they disappear once the water cools down to lower altitude??I Is the Tehri dam’s opening and closing of sluice gates 3 times a day causing tides yes .. tides low tide high tide 2 meters!! Changing the feeding pattern of the fish??
David wanted to catch at least one fish among us so that he can see what we were after.
On the last day just before packing at around 5 .30 in the evening the guide pestered us to make 5 casts each. We dragged ourselves to the the river and 3rd cast David hooked up and I followed both landing miniature versions of the Mighty Masheer hardly 3 pounds .
At least David got to see the beautiful fish . Other than that the experience on the river was great with some nice rafting experience. Lots of wildlife. Lots of quality time around the bon fire talking nonsense that sounds like sense when you are high.
Summary : Fishing is just that, no amount of planning can guarantee you fish.
Note: I should have consulted IG , M. Ken, and the rest of our members who know the North Indian Rivers better.
Will we go again ?? you bet!
Our rescue buddy
A view from the camp
The Gods didn't smile