O brothers of the angle,
Feast thine eyes on some righteous pahari waters...
Sorry, no big fish but actually, I haven't picked up the spin rods at all this season, the fly hatches were so mad. Refurbished my old fly rod and put to good use along with some new flies. Pretty much everything worked. So in two sessions, total 9 days, 62 mahseer, 6 Indian trout. All on the fly. 8 mahseer on dry fly. Best 8lbs on the Hellgrammite. One fish broke my17lb striper tippet, it had a stonefly nymph at the end. One other fish, very large (gillie says 8-9kgs) got off a Rogan's Gadget after a 40 minute tussle. 6 other fish fell to it later as did a 5" chilwa and an Indian trout.
And oh, the sunrises were something else....
Fast water, single handed 6wt rod
They'll always surprise you. 20 minutes, 4lbs on a Woolly Bugger.
The Holy Grail of flyfishing- mahseer on a dry fly. To me, when flyfishing, size does not matter. Maybe later....
Good fly water. Amazing evenings, except for the blithering wind...
Another fishing sunrise.
8lbs on a chartreuse Clouser Deep Minnow.
Another gratuitious flyfishing 'mood photo'.
Someone asked about how Bongs cast with a reel not designed for casting (one of the gearless centrepin jobs). The method's been described in other posts by Owen, GRC and Co., but the moment I love is above- total Tai-Chi and Zen all rolled into one. That's a very good friend in the pic- Suprio. Stillwater carpman, gentleman and now, a convert to river fishing for mahseer. I've asked him to join IA.
Anyhow, hope I haven't clogged up the bandwidth, enjoy the eyecandy.