Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Release of Mahseer fingerlings on 26th March' 2015

Sikkim And North Bengal is blessed with beautiful and luxuriant natural resources both fauna and flora from water and jungle. Sikkim has two major rivers, Teesta and Rangeet, with a total length of 900 km. These rivers originate from the glaciers of North and West Sikkim. Along with myriads of tributaries, the rivers harbour a diverse and rich fish fauna. The most important is  Mahaseer (Tor putitora).

The great “Masheer” (Tor putitora), a predator, is one of the larger and common  species of fish found in the glacial and spring fed rivers and streams of the region of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, and Pakistan. The Golden Mahseer is heralded as the aquatic Tiger of the Asian sub-continent, it is a formidable opponent. Golden armor-plated scales line powerful flanks and bucket-shaped fins provide it with immense power both to hold its position in the fastest of currents and equally to strip line from a reel with unstoppable, finger-burning speed. Its voracious appetite and sheer strength has given it an almost mythical status, allowing it to obtain weights in excess of 100lbs. Even in the colder, faster-flowing rivers of Northern India it can obtain sizes in excess of 50lbs.

The lower belt of the Teesta and toe Rangeet rivers harbour one of the most popular game fish, Mahaseer (Tor putitora). But it is very unfortunate to note that this precious game fish population has already dwindled and the species is under the threat of becoming rare.

Rogue Anglers Company feels proud to be part of historical release of three hundred thousand Mahseer fingerlings in river Teesta jointly organized in association with Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and Fisheries Department ,Government of West Bengal. Rogue Anglers Company working for last 2 years on  project reports, frequent travelling between Calcutta and Darjeeling, numerous meeting to save mahseer of Teeesta river.
 Probably this is first of a kind such a large scale Mahseer fingerlings release of in India involving all stake holders, media, Government departments and officials. anglers from Bengal and Sikkim, Rafting Association members. 
Rogue Anglers Company only after being convinced about the fact fingerlings are 100% native from nearby and connected rivers, got involved with this project. So NO HYBRID fingerlings were released. Authority also decided to issue fishing permits and impose strict law against poaching subject to imprisonment and heavy fine, restrict catch sizes as suggested by our company.. So we are hoping to have again golden days of Mahseer fishing in India.

Trying to land your first Mahseer is in no way a bald experience; it is journey into India, her people,traditions and cultures and mysticism an myth. Indeed, angling for Mahseer is becoming part  old fishing lore. If you are here to live in the shadow of world greatest freshwater fighting fish, to revel in its company and maybe blessed by cuddling one in your arms then you have made the right choice. 
If you  fish with us then you can be promised  one thing can not rest any longer because in every  moment of your life all you can feel  is the incredible of the incredible monster you call the Mahseer.

Important notes:
End of February to End of May and again From September to November is the best season. Nearest International Airport is New Delhi or Calcutta. From there one need to take domestic flight for Bagdogra.
For further details one can contact  Chandan Gupta at or visit