Fishing in Bhutan

Fishing in Bhutan

Bhutan is one of the last unexplored fishing destinations in the world. For centuries, with its back turned to the outside world, Bhutan had remained a mystery. Fishing in Bhutan remains largely under-discovered. Due to the lack of a comprehensive survey, the complete list of the species is not very clear. About forty species have been recorded, with new species discovered every year.

Fishing spots range from large rivers to crystal clear spring-fed streams. Altitudes range from a low of 1200 m. to 3000m. The most common varieties are the snow trout (belonging to the carp family) and the brown trout (which has thrived since its introduction some decades ago). The best times for fishing are in spring (March to May) and fall (September to November).

In Bhutan you will experience the unique joy of fishing, in which beautiful trout streams, mountains and cultural scenes from 8th century mix in harmony. Fishing in the crystal clear rivers set against breathtaking landscape is what every angler dreams for. Our fishing trips offer a creative combination of fishing in the best spots and cultural activities. To organize a trip for only fishing would be a mistake. With its ancient culture, mystical religion, many historic sites, exotic festivals, and rich environment, Bhutan has many attractions to offer.

You could also choose to trek and fish in the picturesque lakes that dot the mountains. Or fish during the day and camp along the rivers wherever possible, with sight seeing along the way; with your own off-road car, guide and cook, we can offer you an experience that will be hard to forget. Write to us and we will help you design your own customized trip.

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Most rivers are teeming with brown trout, snow trout and the hard fighting Mahneer. Fly fishing, on a catch and release only basis, is now allowed in selected areas of Bhutan and at certain designated times of year and only for bona-fide tourist visitors holding the correct permits.

Currently fishing is permitted in these regions:

Paro Valley – Western Bhutan Thimphu Valley – Western Bhutan Trongsa Region – Central Bhutan Bumthang Valleys – Central Bhutan Lhuentse Region – North East Bhutan

And on these dates……

  • Fishing is permitted January-February inclusive and June-September inclusive. 
  • Fishing is also not permitted on selected ‘Auspicious Days’ as per the Bhutanese Lunar Calendar.

Please Note!!

  • Fly fishing only … catch & release only!
  • Bring your own gear…there is no hire equipment readily available in Bhutan, though we can arrange.
  • The daily fishing permit fee is Nu500 = approx US$10.00 per day.
  • Passport scan and passport style photo required for your permit.
  • Our operator in Bhutan,  will supply a guide with fishing knowledge.

Combine some great fishing with a magical cultural experience. Add in a trek too if you wish.

Contact Us

Adorable Bhutan Tours & Expedition

Building No.14

Post Box No. 1782

Taba, Thimphu

Kingdom of Bhutan

Fax: +975 2340914
+975 17164414 / 77283000