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Fishing is one of the best leisure sports that test both the agility and the patience of the sportsman. Quiet moments on the banks of a gushing mountain river or stream surrounded by thickly wooded hillsides resounding with the chirping of birds can be one of the most rewarding experiences in ones lifetime. With its perennial snows, glaciers and high mountain lakes that feed the numerous streams and rivers of the state, Himachal Pradesh is a veritable angler's paradise. Of the 3000 kilometres of freshwater streams and rivers, 1200 kilometres have been identified as Trout territory. This hardy game fish was introduced into Himachal's rivers by the British as early as 1863 and has flourished thanks to the constant efforts of the state fisheries department. Two of the most sporting freshwater game fish to be found in abundance in Himachal's rivers and streams are the Trout - brown and rainbow and the Mahseer a type of giant carp found in the warmer streams and rivers in the lower hills.

The streams of Himachal Pradesh fall under two categories: General waters and Trout waters, with estimated length of 600 and 2400 kms respectively. The major State's streams include- Beas, Satluj, Ravi, Tirthan, Sainj, Uhl, Baspa, Pabar, Lambadug, Giri, Rana, Nugal Gai, Baner, Bata, etc.
The major fishes available in these streams are Trout fishes, Mahseer fishes, Nemacheilus spp, Barilus sp, Schizothoracids Crossocheilus sp. Glyptothorax spp. etc.Fishing in these streams is regularsied under the state fisheries Act. In trout water, licenses only for rod and line are permitted while in general water both rod and line as well as cast netting is allowed.

The department has identified the following stretches as potential fishing sports for trout and mahseer.Chirgaon has the trout hatchery, and other sites are - Seema, Mandil, Sandasu, Tikri and Dhamvari; all are within 5 to 25 kms of Rohru. Kinnaur's Baspa river in the Sangla valley also holds trout.

The fish also abounds in the UHL river near Barot. Good spots on this beat are - Luhandi, the Puran hachery. Tikkar and Kamand. The upper reaches of the river Beas in the Kullu valley, and its side streams like the Sarvari, Parbati, Sainj, Hurla and Tirthan - especially the areas around Aut, Patlikuhl, Katrain, Raison and Largi - are excellent for this adventure sport. These are all up-stream of the Pandoh reservoir and are close to, or on the Mandi-Manali highway.

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