has often been referred to as an angler's paradise, with a network of rivers
and streams as well as high altitude lakes all abounding in trout - both
brown and rainbow. Trout fishing in Kashmir is far, far cheaper than it
is in any other part of the world.
Kashmir's fabled natural beauty needs no introduction here. Criss-crossing the state are the well-known Sind and Lidder rivers, alongwith their tributaries and a silvery network of smaller rivers and streams. The geographical variation along the course of each river is immense, afford-ing endless possibilities for the angler. Nearer the source of each river, the gradient is steeper and the waters faster flowing. The landscape is generally hilly, with dark brooding pines towering an around. As the river runs its course, the gradient evens out, and the flow of water loses its torrential force. You are now in open countryside where the horizon is wide and sweeping, and where trees are willow, poplar and walnut. Rivers and streams are divided into approximately 100 beats, most of which are are within a two hour drive from Srinagar.
If you are more adventurous, you can fish in one of many high altitude lakes (14,000 ft above sea level) which are reached by a trek. On trek in particular starts from Sonamarg and goes on to Vishansar, Kishansar, Satsar, Gadsar and Gangabal, all alpine lakes. When their surface is frozen over during the winter, the fish (mainly brown trout) keep close to the bottom of the lake, rising nearer the surface as the ice melts. In these lakes, the use of spoons and spinners is allowed.