This specimen Redfin Mahseer was caught on the Maha-Kali river at Pancheshwar by Mr Christopher Oldmeadow a vetran angler
This particular fish is a bit of a rare catch for the Northern Himalayan rivers. There is currently not much information out there regarding its classification, is it just a difference in phenotype or could the genetic makeup be different?
From our observation, this species has a distinctive mouth which generally is pointing downwards “Sub-terminal or ventral”. This generally indicates bottom-feeding behaviour. The fish has a deeper body and is also bulkier than the Golden Mahseer. Up north the Redfin is certainly present in the Ramganga river but only catchable during a very short window. Recently, however, we have caught a few of them on the MahaKali river system.
Angler: Christopher Oldmeadow
Guide: Ramesh Pant
Outfitter: Camp The Himalaya