Fishing in Kashmir
Kashmir is rightly described as Angler’s Paradise and this scenic state located in the northern most part of the state has so many picturesque mountains streams and high altitude lakes.
Best Time for Fishing in Kashmir
From April to October
Major Fishing Areas in Kashmir
Kashmir has good number of mountain streams and high altitude lakes which are the perfect spot for fishing. Some of the major streams, lakes and rivers to name are Rivers (Jhelum, Liddar and Wangat), Lakes (Dal, Gangabal, Vishanshar and Nunkhol).
Facilities for Fishing
Fishing in Kashmir is quite unique feature that most of the people may not know about, but this adventurous sport has universal appeal that draws the attention of tourist and anglers from across the globe. Well in order to make the fishing tours in Kashmir more entertaining and enjoyable, the administrator and the tourism department of Kashmir have made great arrangements and provides fishing equipments as per the comfort of the tourist and anglers.
Well apart from all, there is some restrictions from the administrator and the tourism departments and anglers are only allowed to use artificial flies as well as allowed to fish only 6 fishes a day.
So if you are planning for trout fishing in Kashmir it is advisable to book the beats before arrival through the department of tourism to enjoy the tours in a much enjoyable and cherished way. After all it’s fishing in Kashmir and truly you will enjoy a lot.
The Exact Season
Fishing season in Kashmir runs from April to October. The tourist department and the administration has set strict policies for fishing like - only artificial flies are permitted and each licence authorizes the angler to keep only six fish a day, none of them being shorter than 7.5 cm. Beats can be booked for a day or a week at a time in one of the three basic types of streams.
The larger rivers like Sindh or Liddar are covered with snow, which starts melting between the month of May to July. Spinning is allowed at these rivers, but the wet fly and weighted cast tests the expertise of the angler, which may produce good result. In the month of April, August and September these rivers are calm & quieter, and the bigger fish are said to reside in the stiller waters.
The river tributaries and other water channels near these mainstream river beats allows another type of fishing all through the season. The smaller streams allows only flies, with wet fly fishing good for result all season. The third type of fishing are the streams fed by small springs and lakes set at high altitude are suitable for both dry and wet fly challenge.
Equipments Used for Fishing
Complete facilities for the fishing are made available by the administration and tourism department for the ease of the travelers. It is difficult to carry a light two to three metre fishing rods as hand luggage on aircraft for security and other reasons with an eight cm reel will suffice. As flies are one of the important requirements for the fishing in Kashmir, the generally used flies in Kashmir include Peacock, March Brown, Butcher, Jinger Quill, Coachman, Woodcock & Green and Watson's Fancy.
There are 61 beats open for booking for the travelers and tourists throughout the season, ranging from the turbulent Sindh and Wangat Rivers to the tranquil lakes Krishanshar, Vishanshar, Gangabal and Nunkhol, situated at the high altitudes.