Flies for Mahseer Fishing
An old friend and associate Brian Gies of Fly Water Travel LLC asked me a question that got me thinking. “What are 5 Flies You Must Have for Mahseer Fishing?” he asked.
In our little world of The Himalayan Outback; fly fishing for the Mahseer is evolving rapidly.
In our excitement of discovering new and more; we often forget our most precious memories from over the years. Brian’s question took me back into some of those precious moments of my life that I am most grateful to have experienced. In those special moments, we TRULY bonded with those beautiful flies as they took us closer to the fish of our dreams.
Flies that broke-new-ground into this incredible fishery, as well as consistently stood by us over the years. Keeping us convinced that the Mahseer on even the slowest, hardest day’s fishing can be caught, given the right flies.
Flies that became LEGENDARY in our little world of fly fishing for these majestic creatures. Flies we’ve had many conversations with both on the tying-vise as well as on those slow and blank-days, swinging flies on a Mahseer river. Flies that got put away and forgotten about, as fishing boundaries moved on. Then pulled out again, after months, sometimes years, inspired by a new idea improvising them further to the likes of the Himalayan Mahseer. Flies that in my opinion would catch you a fish on almost every Mahseer river given the right conditions.
I have been an avid fly-tier all my fly fishing life. Almost to the extent of – it I can’t tie it – I’m not a 100% happy fishing with it. If that makes any sense. Using the very best hooks in their categories is important for these flies (I’ve listed models below); secondly the colors and variations Mahseer are most drawn to. Hence, it would be best to ideally tie them or have them tied by a friend or professional. Make sure you have plenty. Our Himalayan rivers can be brutal on your fly box.
I also wish there was a simpler and less overwhelming answer to Brian’s question. Over the years fly fishing for these efficient ominous have had us try a variety of things. We’ve had those days where we can see the fish though cannot figure out what to bit. Its definitely an evolving answer but as of right now, here are my two cents…