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Incredible India – Day 8, Filming 2nd Ultralight Trout Show from Hymalayan Trout House, Deori, India.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

[nggallery id=460]The Thirthan River in Deori, India has some of the best clear-water trout fishing in the world.  Today we moved to the Hymalayan Trout House in Deori, India on the Thirthan River.  We met the owner Christopher Mitra and planned our strategy for the day’s fishing both in the upper and lower stretch of the Thirthan River. 

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For those of you that are not familiar with this river, it has about 40 km. of excellent brown and rainbow trout fishing waters.  The upper stretch of the river is bordered by the Hymalian National Park, and the southern boarder is where it meets the Beas River (there is a dam on the Beas just below where the Thirthan flows into it).  The upper section is crystal clear while the lower section has a silty tributary flowing into it which dis-colors the water a bit.  Both upper and lower stretches hold lot’s of trout. 

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We decided to use Rapala Avantis and Classic Trout ultralight spinning outfits to do our second trout show.  Our lures of choice were the Vibrax #1 & #2 Spinner, 1/8 oz. Lucky Strike spoons and the Rapala Countdown Minnow in the CD1 & CD3 size.  The weather continued to be rainy but we were able to again shoot an action-packed show in a matter of hours. We enjoyed another tasty shorelunch right on the river and caugth lot’s of trout in all the stretches we fished!

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Our timing in the Deori, India section of the Thirthan River coencided with a major protest that was being staged by the community to stop the construction of a proposed dam on the Thirthan River.  The Thirthan River is one of the few rivers left in India that does not have a dam on it and where brown and rainbow trout thrive.  We also shot a segment of the protest for out TV show.

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Besides the great fishing we also had a chance to visit the local communities and get some shots of the “relaxing” dogs.

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We met many of the locals who live in the community of Deori, India and who love the Thirthan Valley.

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Incredible India – Day 7, 1st Fly Fishing TV show From Riverview Resort on the Thirthan River, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Yes!! This was or first full day of fishing on the famous Thirthan River in Himachal Pradesh, India.  We were in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Greater Hymalayas and Barbara & I were eager to fish!!  After having coffee and snacks in front of Riverview Resort, we were driven up-river to the buffer-zone of the Himachal National Park.  The plan was for us to fish from there south to the first community.  Sanjey our key co-ordinator made plans for us to fish while he went back to Riverview to pick-up our breakfast which we would have in a few hours after catching a bunch of fish.

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After catching about 3-dozen browns and rainbows we took another break for an early afternoon lunch.  Unfortunately, after lunch it started to rain and we did very little fishing worried that our camera gear might get too wet.  At any rate, we had lot`s of fish for our first Thirthan River Fly fishing episode!

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Fishing anywhere in India is much, much more than fishing.  It`s an incredible experience. I had to show you some of the people-shots we took while in the community near Riverview Resort.  The people here are so friendly.  They have a wonderful culture, grow awesome crops and they dress very well.  When you look at the face-images please keep in mind that most of the cloths are hand made.  The jackets are custom made from hand-collected and hand-spun whool.  The beautiful hats are also hand made and each color variation and pattern signifies a different community.  You can see in the faces of the people that thy are very fit (even the elderly), and they work very hard to grow their crops.

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No matter where we travelled in India, children and adults can be seen playing cricket in open fields and in the city streets.  It was  no different in the Thirthan River Valley,

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Incredible India – Day 6, Narkanda to Deori, India (Thirthan Valley).

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

[nggallery id=453]As we climed to 11,000`+, the roads got narrower and the people looked very different from Delhi, India.  Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful region with high mountain peaks and deep, narrow, lush valleys.  In the distance you can see the mighty snow-capped Hymalayas.  We also started to see some of the inhabitants of the region and they ranged from small nomadic communities that lived in temporary tents, to very nice housed with vast terraced-agricultural areas surrounding their homes.

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As we neared the river the communities were definitely agricultural and it was common to see people carrying items, goats, etc.  Our first stop fishing in the Thirthan River was at the Riverview Resort which was right on the river.  To get to and from the resort they use a zip-line rigged with a box large enough to sit in and to transport additional items.  This was a thrill in itself because it gives you a great view of the Thirthan River below.  The resort is very comfortable, right on the river and even the pool right at the Resort are full of rainbow and brown trout.  Infact, while our gear was being transported up to our rooms I donned my Rapala polarized fishing glasses, headed down to the first pool and started scanning up and down around the rocks and sure enough, I spotted several trout varying from 8-15`cruising in and out from underneath rocks.  Bhupinder Singh Thakur, the owner of Riverview Resort was very gracious and made sure we were comfortable and able to enjoy our trout fishing to the fullest.

On our first evening, after un-packing, we only had about an hour to fish before we sat down for dinner.  Full of excitement to fish the Thirthan River for the first time the camera crew, my wife Barbara and I headed down to one of the pools and sure-enough we started hooking trout right away.  Barbara landed the first brown trout using a nymph on a number 12-hook and a 6-7 wt. floating line with Cortland fly fishing combo.  I also started catching fish on nymphs and than switched to a Rapala Avantis ultralight spinning outfit loaded with Sufix 4 lb. test 100% Castable Fluorocarbon line and a Rapala CD1 brown-trout colored minnow.

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Incredible India – Day 5, Delhi to Shimla, India.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

[nggallery id=451]Our day started early again and we departed from Delhi to Shimla, India in the province of Himachal Pradesh, in the Greater Hymalayas.  Shimla was the summer capital of India under British rule.  Presently it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.  Shimla has many important historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India & Pakistan which was signed here.  This city is famous for it`s natural beaury, architectural buildings, wooden crafts, apple production and it is also recognized as the honeymoon capital of India! We filmed at Summer Hill and the Viceregal Lodge which besides being a historical building is now also a teaching institution. We enjoyed luch at the Combermere Cafe, filmed in the Shimla Market (where we started to see the Himachal Pradesh monkeys), and Scandal Hill, and than drove to the next city, Narkanda to overnight at the Hatu Peak Hotel.

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Incredible India – Day 4, Jaipur to Delhi, India.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

We started our day by visiting the Wind Palace in Jaipur, India which is located downtown and is very breathtaking.  At the same time we also did a segment on “wedding horses” that are traditionally used when men are about to get married in India.

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From the Wind Palace we headed to the main monument in Jaipur which is the Amber Palace.  It’s history can be traced back to the 12th century.  There we enjoyed an elephant ride to the palace, and also talked to fishermen who were catching carp and catfish in the lake in front of the palace.

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Along the drive back from the Amber Palace, we also stopped and filmed at the Summer Palace which is located in the middle of a lake that is full of tilapia!

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Next we travelled to film at the Jewels Emporium in Jaipur.  This is one of the jewelry emporiums in Jaipur which uses traditional techniques to melt/fashion gold/silver jewelry and than adornes them with precious and semi-precious stones.  Every piece is a work of art and not one piece is duplicated!!

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