The seeds for The Himalayan Outback began with a young outdoor enthusiast, Misty Dhillon. In 1994 young Misty Dhillon was first seduced by the mighty Golden Himalayan Mahseer and after his first few encounters, with what he calls a ‘Majestic Goddess’, it became apparent that his extraordinary passion was more than a seasonal obsession. Misty’s burning desire to encounter the Mahseer consumed him as he spent hours, days, and years researching and pioneering patterns and techniques for catching these fish on both spinning and fly. This majestic fish lured Misty into the great outdoors of India, exposing him to amazing river valleys, villages, and the people who make the outback of India so special.


It didn’t take long before Misty began to dream of making his personal passion for the outdoors into a fulltime career. In the year 2001, Misty took a step toward achieving this dream when he took a job with well a reputed white-water rafting company. During the next 4 years Misty managed, guided and quickly learned the ropes for running a successful outdoor adventure outfit. In 2004 Misty took a huge leap toward his dream by joining Mickey Sidhu to create their own company, The Himalayan Outback.

Upon the foundation of The Himalayan Outback in 2004, Misty and his team of mountaineering and rafting experts set off on several exploratory trips in pursuit of the finest waters to catch this elusive fish and to identify the most picturesque treks and rafting locations in Northern India. The company was clear on the high standards it wished to offer its clients and on its conservation oriented approach to benefit the locals, as well as the future of natural habitat for the Golden Himalayan Mahseer.


On the conservation front we participate in various efforts by providing support to local communities for the benefits of sustainable outdoor tourism. These efforts slowly yield results in protecting the Golden Himalayan Mahseer and the surrounding ecosystem in these sections of remote rivers. In the year 2007 Misty got associated with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) as one of their two International Representatives for India.

Over the years The Himalayan Outback has had the opportunity to host television shows for the promotion of the very special Golden Himalayan Mahseer fishery. Angling show producers such as Canada based “What a Catch Productions” hosted by Kathryn Maroun, “Reel Outdoors” hosted by Chris Bailey, and “Hunt for big fish” hosted by Larry Dahlburg have all been hosted by The Himalayan Outback and have produced television shows on this legendary fish.


In 2008 The Himalayan Outback took over UK based Tigerfish River Tours & Travels that brought about new opportunities for explorations and resources hence resulting in an even closer understanding for both angling and non-angling travel in the Himalayas.

In the early part of 2009, The Himalayan Outback established a permanent camp in another great location: the Western Ramganaga River, just outside of the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve in the north Indian state of Uttrakhand. This opened doors to another great river and excellent opportunities for some dry fly fishing and sight fishing for these amazing fish, as well as a perfect location for clients interested in spotting a Royal Bengal Tiger and its lush and indigenous surrounding eco-system.

In early 2010 Misty got certified by the Federation Of Fly Fishers (FFF) as the first Certified Casting Instructor (CII) of India. Hence taking a step forward to promote this wonderful sport amongst anglers from India and around the globe.

The Himalayan Outback began as a young man’s dream to explore India’s untouched outback, and has led the company to connect to stunning eco-system and sincere people that populate these areas. We are delighted to share these precious gems of India with you.