Bhutan Guide School – The land of the Thunder Dragon:
“WorldCast Anglers conducted our first guide school abroad in December 2016 and we were lucky enough to do so in Bhutan! As if catching a Mahseer on a fly rod is not challenging enough to begin with, how about trying to teach students who have never seen a fly rod before or rowed a boat to fish for them along the way!
Upon our arrival in Paro we all purchased Gho’s which is the traditional dress for men dating back to the 17th century which to this day is still required by the country of Bhutan to be worn in government offices, school and formal occasions.
Left to Right: Vance Freed, George White, Curt Hamby, Mike Dawes, Matt Breuer, Brian Johnson
Prior to our journey to Manas National Park that afternoon, we all made the trek up to Taksang (Tigers Nest) the first thing in the morning; as it is a must see for all. Taksang is one of the most impressive monastery locations in the world and it is humbling to be in its presence.
Upon arrival in Manas we were treated to an impressive presentation about the conservation and research efforts taking places in Manas and the surrounding areas. Manas National Park and the surrounding regions are definitely proving to be a strong hold for both the legendary Golden Mahseer and the Chocolate Mahseer.
Throughout the seven day course there were many highlights and as challenging as the elements, the fish, and the time allotted to teach were, the instructors saw some incredible progress.
Timing, techniques, and lodging still need to be ironed out a little further. However, a trip to fish for Mahseer in Bhutan’s magical Manas National Park is not far off with the right expectations in place (like all fishing!)
The common theme that all of the instructors reported back on was the people and the country. Everyone was awe struck by the kindness of the people and the natural beauty of their environment. Bhutan is a very unique country that I feel very fortunate to have been to multiple times now, I feel even more lucky watching others witness it as well. The fishing and the fish is just a bonus to something much larger at play.
I think it is also important to note that as far as anyone had heard, this is the first time both Golden and Chocolate Mahseer have been caught with a fly rod out of a boat while rowing like you would on Western River in the US for trout, which was extremely exciting and makes you wonder……..
We look forward to being back in Bhutan sooner than later. Here are some photos highlights of the school:”
WorldCast Anglers President