Mahseer fishing tackle
PENN CLASH 6000
The two biggest fish of the trip were caught on the spinning rod, using this reel. Its powerful drag did a great job on stopping these big fish when they tried to take advantage of the river’s current. The handle is comfortable, even during long fights. Also, the bail is very thick and strong, that can be important on rivers where you’re likely to slip and fall on rocks every day while wading, and damage your reel.
$239.95 | pennfishing.com
BERKLEY FIRELINE 8 CARRIER
Smooth casting and good abrasion resistance.We used 54lb braid on our spinning reel and the braid performed very well. In fact, a big mahseer got the braid stuck under a rock in the middle of the river for five minutes. After reeling the fish in, the guide checked all my braid and it didn’t even have the smallest nick!
$19.99 - $199.99 | berkley-fishing.com
RIO INTOUCH STREAMERTIP
A great fly line for casting streamers. We used the S6 model and the sink tip gets your fly down very quickly. The heavy head loads the rod perfectly, allowing you to throw those big flies in just a few casts.
$89.99 | rioproducts.com
ROSS EVOLUTION R SALT
If you’re looking for a fly reel with a very strong drag, the Evolution R Salt is definitely what you need. With its 16-disc sealed drag system delivering a mind-bending 30 pounds of drag pressure, the 7/8 model we used perfectly kept mahseers from running too far downstream. Also, the counterbalances make the spool’s spin really smooth when the fish runs. A beautiful, tough and lightweight fly reel.
$595.00 | rossreels.com
BKK LONE DIABLO HOOKS
Mahseers are brutal with hooks. These were recomended by the Himalayan Outback staff and they performed very well. Although we used crushed barbs only, No fish were lost nor any hooks bent. The small ring helps greatly for putting split rings on. Recomended sizes for mahseer : 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0.
ELKHORN AMP-908-4 ROD
We tested Elkhorn’s 9’ 8 weight AMP (Absolute Maximum Performance) on the Saryu river and were amazed by how smooth this rod casts. With its medium fast action it was perfect for casting streamers, and very convenient to travel with (4 pieces, sold with a rigid travel case). A well built and designed fly rod ! Highly recommended.
$359.00 - $429.00 | elkhornflyrodandreel.com