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Bhutan Fishing Tour


Bhutan Fishing Tour

Bhutan the tiny kingdom in the Himalaya is a country traverse by many fast flowing streams, rivers and lakes that are consider the best kept open secrets of the kingdom. The fast flowing glacier fed rivers of Bhutan originating in the eastern Himalayas and gushing down to the southern duars, cutting through high valleys and low plains offers a challenging adventure spot for fishing enthusiasts to locate, hook and land different species of fish. The rivers are plentiful with high currents and depth reaching a maximum of about five meters. Importantly most rivers of Bhutan flow through steeps and deep valleys with high rapids depending upon the seasons and locations. Therefore, it can be of a high danger for fishing until and unless you do not observe the basic safety guidelines. These fast flowing glaciers fed untamed rivers of Bhutan truly offers one-of-a-kind experience for travelers seeking fishing adventure in an unspoiled and unexplored environment. It truly provides something to all our travelers irrespective of seasons offering exciting and recreational outdoor activities.

Though the rivers, streams and lakes are plentiful, due to its lack of comprehensive survey, fishing has been remained largely undiscovered and the list of different species and names are not very clear. However today fishing has become one of the fastest growing leisurely interests among both Bhutanese and visitors alike and about 40 species have been officially recorded with new species were added every year.

Species found are

  • Common Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Mahseer, the rare migratory game-fish — Deep bodied mahseer (Tor tor),
  • Golden mahseer (Tor putitora)
  • Chocolate mahseer or Katle (Acrossocheilus hexangonolepis)

Current fishing is permitted in the following regions

  • Paro Chu – Paro (Western Bhutan)
  • Thimphu Chu – Thimphu (Western Bhutan)
  • Mangdue Chu – Trongsa ( Central Bhutan)
  • Chamkhar Chu – Bumthang (Central Bhutan)
  • Kuri Chu – Lhuentse (North Eastern Bhutan)

Please Note!!

  • Bring your own grea, hiring equipement is not readily available in Bhutan
  • Passport copy & passport size photo are required to obtain your fishing permit
  • Experienced river guide with fishing knowledge will be supplied
  • Best time for fishing in Bhutan (March – May and September – November)
  • Daily fishing permit fee is USD 15 per day per person
  • Fishing is permissible only with rod and reel (Spinning and fly)
  • Fishing permit is only for fly fishing only (Catch and Release)
  • During the breeding season (December, Fanurar and February) fishing is not permitted
  • Fishing is not permitted during the religious auspicious day