The British introduced the trout to the srtreams of the valley in the 20th century and the varieties succeeded in establishing in the torrential mountain strream flow down from the ranges of Pir Panjal and outer Himalayas. By 1920 the tout had successfully established in the waters of the Brinji, Lidder, Sindh, Nambal, Madhumati, Eric etc. The Lidder and Sindh streams proved best of trout.
Many beats are within a two-hour drive from Srinagar. The more adventurous can fish at one of the many high altitude lakes that are reached by trek. One requires a permit to be issued by the Department of Fisheries; conditions also apply regarding use of bait, period of fishing etc. Only fly fishing and fly rods are permitted; spinning rod/reel and live bait are not permitted.
Directorate of Fisheries,
77, Gogjibagh, Near J&K Bank Training School,
Tele: + 91 194 2313378, 2312046
Fax: + 91 2313100