There are three main species that are considered
game fish within the length of the beat.
Golden Mahseer (Barbus Tor Putitora)- An apex species
and similar to the Humpback Mahseer found on the
Cauvery River. The largest fish caught within the
beat has been approximately eighty pounds.
Trout - Not found in the immediate proximity of
the lodge, due to the presence of the Mahseer, but
reasonably prevalent further downstream.
Goonch - Large bottom feeder, growing up to 200lbs
- a hunt for this species requires extensive preparation.
Well versed in methods two
and three above, lack of good fishing accessories
and prices of imported tackle has meant effective
exclusion to locals - ironically to those who know
the river and surrounding area the best. The Tiger
Reserve in conjunction with the Mahseer Conservation
Society and local government, has introduced a Ghillie
Training Programme to encourage, develop and support
local participation. Please bring your own tackle,
including rods, spinning reels, spinners and lures.
Accommodation consists of five individual cottages,
set back from the river, each of which has a bedroom
with twin beds, bathroom and dressing room with
an external covered veranda, overlooking the valley.
- Fly Fishing - local experts
have landed up to 10lb fish on the fly, but
this fishing technique is generally unknown
- Bait Fishing -
(a) Live Bait - Popular with
local anglers, who have a high success rate,
especially in murky water.
(b) Attar or Ragi Paste - Dough
based preparation that is compressed into a
ball on the hook. Useful in pools and slower
water, and experience has shown that the larger
the ball the larger the fish...
- Spin Fishing
- Hand Nets - These are small
hand woven nets approximately 90cm by 90cm utilising
stone weights, which are used by local villagers.