All hell breaks loose, like the turning point in a well-crafted plot when a fish strikes a line, set out with bait. The sport is all about giving the fish on the hook a fair chance to get away and the anglers skill is tested in making a game of it by fair means. As a fresh water sport, angling rules are liberal and the fee is nominal. Of the estimated 3000 kilometres of fresh water stream and rivers in Himachal about 1200 kilometres of them have been identified as Trout country. Both Rainbow and Brown trout, which were introduced into the cold streams by the British way back in 1863, have flourished ever since.
Tributaries of Beas River - Parbati, Sanj, Tirthan and Uhl; the Baspa River in Sangla valley of Kinnaur; and the Pabbar River in Rohru valley are rich in trout pools.
As the rivers and streams descend from the cold zones into warmer areas, we enter Mahseer territory. Mahseer is no ordinary fish but the undisputed king, which rules Indian waters.
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Rest houses and forest rest houses dot the landscape, which can be booked for a fishing holiday. The countryside offers beautiful camping sites in natural surroundings and the more than friendly people make the experience a memorable one.