Pahalgam is one of Kashmir's popular trout fishing
beats. Kashmir is famous for its trout although they
tend to be rather small. Additionally, fishing licences
are hard to get and rather expensive. A compulsion is to
keep am guide and one is also permitted to catch six
fishes, which is the daily limit.
The Lidder Valley is a fisherman's dream - pure mountain
tranquility and bountifully populated waters. The Lidder
River feeds the entire region of lush meadows and
magnificent clear lakes with a series of tributaries and
streams, all of which teem with rainbow and brown trout.
The best time for fishing stretches from April to
September, and the best spots are recorded by locals, so
we always know where to head to find the best fishing
We arrange fishing expeditions out of Srinagar into the
Lidder Valley on an individual basis, according to your
time frame and according to the best current fishing
locations. Permits are issued for a maximum of three
days at a time on a first-come-first-served basis, and
are charged on a per day per rod basis. We will arrange
your permit as well as the hire of fishing equipment if
you require. Overnight expeditions in the Valley are
available, sleeping in modern tents, with cooked
breakfasts, packed lunches and cooked evening meals
The Fishing Season
The season runs from April to October. Only artificial
flies are allowed and each licence entitles the angler
to keep six fish a day, none being shorter than 7.5 cm.
Beats may be reserved for a day or a week at a time in
one of the three basic types of streams.
Larger rivers like Sindh or Liddar are full with snow,
melting from May to July, with an occasional pool under
boulders. Spinning is allowed here, but the wet fly and
weighted cast tests the skill of the angler and will
produce good results. In April, August and September
these rivers are quieter, and the bigger fish are said
to lie in the stiller waters.
Tributaries and water channels near these mainstream
beats provide another type of fishing throughout the
These are the smaller streams where only flies are
allowed, with wet fly fishing good all season. The third
type are the small spring fed streams and high altitude
lakes suitable for both dry and wet fly tackle.
Equipments Used for Fishing
Complete facilities for the fishing are made available
by the administration and tourism department for the
ease of the travelers. It is difficult to carry a light
two to three metre fishing rods as hand luggage on
aircraft for security and other reasons with an eight cm
reel will suffice. As flies are one of the important
requirements for the fishing in Kashmir, the generally
used flies in Kashmir include Peacock, March Brown,
Butcher, Jinger Quill, Coachman, Woodcock & Green and
Geography of Pahalgam
Pahalgam is a town and a notified area committee in
Anantnag district in the Indian District of Jammu and
Kashmir. It is a popular tourist destination, and every
year, many tourists visit Pahalgam.
Pahalgam is located at 34.03° N and 75.33°E.It has an
average elevation of 2740 meters (8989 feet).
Arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth, the
town of Pahalgam (Village of Shepherds) offers you
breathe taking views.
How to reach Pahalgam
By Air: The nearest airport is located in Badgam
By Rail: The nearest railway station is located
By Road: Pahalgam can be reached from Srinagar and