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Sunbansiri Fishing Tour

Few fishing trips can mergethe quiet joy of angling with the sheer thrill of rapid rafting than India-Angling’s tour of the Subansiri river in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

To begin with, the pristine sceneryof the Himalayan foothills gets you hooked even before you’ve taken the rods out. Humpbacked mountains sweep the landscape and steep cliffs rise alongside the sandy banks of the Subansiri. The river itself is given to display different moods along its course and is best fished rafting downstream. One moment, you may be trolling in tranquil pools, having all the time in the world on your hands. A few dozen yards downstream, you may find yourself rafting through class III rapids, having your fill of the river adventure. Rest easy in the knowledge that you will be in good hands of our experienced guides whose rafting skills and fishing knowhow is second to none in the area.

The fish to go after in the Subansiri is the Golden Mahseer, aptly nicknamed ‘Tiger of the River’ for its golden scales and predatory prowess. This wily aquatic hunter may elude the angler for hours – at times, days – on end, and the cleverest of casts is more likely to hook up the Golden Mahseer’s docile cousin, the Chocolate Mahseer.

The pools abound with the Chocolates weighing anywhere between 4 pounds and 12 pounds. On a lucky day, you may even reel in a 20 pounder. All this makes for a good warm-up before you move on to the more daunting pursuit of the Golden Mahseer.

Despite being an omnivore who would nibble at almost anything, the Golden Mahseer isn’t easy to tempt. Silver and copper-gold lures when cast deep are most likely to catch this fish’s attention. When hooked, the Golden Mahseer puts up a good fight. It may take off downstream at a pace to strip yards of line in a go. It may then turn about and head upstream or bore itself down into the riverbed to confuse the angler. Any Mahseer weighing upwards of 10 pounds is going to be a challenge to land. And the waters of the Subansiri are known to throw up a 50 pound Golden Mahseer, though nobody is keeping records.

The itinerary of India Angling’s Subansiri fishing tour is drawn to make you fish at the best spots along the river. As the area is remote with hardly any human habitation around,you will overnight in tented camps.

The Subansiri itself may not be the easiest river to fish, but it is a good bet if you want to land a Golden Mahseer. British angling veteran John Edwards, who has devoted 40 years to fishing Mahseer in India and Nepal, gives Subansiri a ten-on-ten for throwing up the Golden Mahseer. And his word is worth the fish’s weight in gold.

Day 01Delhi/ Dibrugarh

Arrive at Dibrugarh airport meet assistance and drive to City centre Hotel. Overnight Hotel.

Day 02Dibrugarh/ Tirbin

Morning after early breakfast drive to Bogi-Beel Ghat on bank of mighty Brahmaputra River board the ferry across the river and continue drive to Tirbin. Check in at Likabali Check Gate to enter Arunachal Pradesh. On arrival check in Inspection Bungalow or Tourist Lodge.

Day 03Tirbin/ Lida/ Sibi

Early morning drive to Lida have lunch and get on the raft sail down till Sibi to camp for the night. Overnight Tented Camp.

Day 04Sibi/ Situng

Morning after breakfast sail down stream take on Class-II Rapid to get to some good pools. Day around the pool for some good angling around Taimukh. Put up the camp at Situng. Overnight Tented Camp.

Day 05Situng/ Hawa Camp or Siberite

Morning after breakfast go fishing in the pool around the camp. Pack and sail down at 10.00 hrs downstream till Hawa Camp or Siberate depends how the day go by. Come across some Class-III Rapids and fishing around the Confluence of Subansiri & Kamla River. Put up camp at Hawa Camp or Siberite. Overnight Tented Camp.

Day 06Hawa Camp or Siberite/ Rachas Mukh

Morning after breakfast go for some good fishing in pools around. Pack up and sail downstream before noon down till Rachas Mukh near the confluence of Sipi and Subansiri River. Day to come across some long rapids.

Day 07Rachas Mukh/ Gerukamukh/ Tezpur

The last day on the river till noon. Morning fish around the camp. back for breakfast and pack up and raft down till Gerukamukh. Fish in pools around Ghaimukh. Get off the raft around 12:00 hrs. Meet the cars and drive to Tezpur. Overnight Hotel.

Day 08Tezpur/ Guwahati

Morning after breakfast drive to Guwahati airport connect flight to onward Destination.

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  • All hotels in Arunachal Pradesh are non-star category.
  • Guests with adventurous mind should travel Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Room heaters may not work in Arunachal Pradesh due to voltage fluctuations.
  • In this region there are no relevance between the distance and time travelling as it depends upon the conditions of roads and congestion of traffic.
  • Mobile services may not be active in all destinations. Pre-paid roaming and International roaming connection does not work in this region.
  • Credit Cards / Traveller’s cheque are not freely accepted.
  • Every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes, landslide etc., which are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes and any additional cost, will be borne by the guests directly.
  • For Arunachal Pradesh tours, all Foreign Tourists require PAP (Protected Area Permit). Need to send scan copy Valid Passport & Indian Visa copy by email.

Tour Name : Subansari Fishing Tour

Trip Duration : 8 days

Group Size : 2,4,8,10,12

Best Time : Mid Oct till Mid April

Trip Activities

  • Fishing
  • Birding
  • Wildlife watching
  • Nature Photography
  • Rafting
  • Camping

Trip Highlights

  • Mahseer Fishing
  • Rare Wildlife experience of India
  • River camping
  • Rafting in Subansari
  • Rain forest adventure
  • Captivating nature beauty

Basic Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival Dibrugarh & Transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.

Day 02 – Drive to Tirbin ( Crossing Bharmaputra by Ferry ). O/N Lodge.

Day 03 – Morning Drive to Lida, Later Rafting & Fishing to Sibi. O/N Camps.

Day 04 – Full day rafting & Fishing. till Situng. O/N Camps.

Day 05 - Full day rafting & Fishing. till Hawa. O/N Camps.

Day 06 - Full day rafting & Fishing. till Rachas Mukh. O/N Camps.

Day 07 - Morning Fishing & later Raft till Gerukamukh, & drive to Tezpur. O/N Hotel.

Day 08 - Morning drive to Guwahati.

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