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Angling in India
 

India, with its dozens of rivers and thousands of streams, offers vast opportunities for sportfishing and angling. Whether you are a first time angler or an expert angler, India’s waters, both fresh and salt, can be a pleasant surprise for you. The country has an estimated 50,000 km of waters (rivers, streams and lakes included) and an additional 3,000 km of coastline. Major rivers like the Ganga and its tributaries, the Yamuna, the Brahmaputra, the Mahanadi, the Krishna and the Kaveri are home to a wide spectrum of fish, including mahseer, rohu, katli and trout.

   
 

In India, most major cities lie along the rivers, as a result finding a fishing zone is generally not a problem. In addition to this, most states have well-organised Departments of Fisheries, where special breeding areas assure that there’s always a gene pool of local and exotic fish. Fish sanctuaries and breeding grounds in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other states through which major rivers flow, conserve a vast stock of fish which are specially bred for re-stocking rivers.

   
  Things to Bring
   
 

The basic fishing equipment required includes rods, lines, hooks, reel, flies, spinners, spoons and bait - in the form of worms, paste or other lure. Light, waterproof clothing - brown or green in colour - is essential, as are waterproof shoes or light sandals which can easily be slipped off to drain out sand or water. Sunscreen, a light hat and dark glasses are necessary, and during the winter make sure you are well clad with sufficient woollen clothes.

   
 

Some travel agencies and tour operators in India provides everything from equipment and experienced guides to boarding, lodging and transportation to the anglers.

   
  Major Learning Centres of Angling in India
   
 
These sorts of fishing and nature camps offer the opportunity to explore the natural surroundings. Come and discover peace and fun enjoy the feel freedom from the bugging city life. Some famous fish camping sites in India include:
   
  • Cauvery Fishing and Nature Camp (along the mighty Cauvery River).
• Kali Wilderness Camp, Dandeli.
• Kabini River Lodge, Karpur.
• Beemeshwari, Doddamakati and Galibore in Karnataka.
• Potasah, Assam.
• Bhalukpong, Tezpur, Assam.
   
   
 
 
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