Since the days of the Britishers, Jia Bhoroli of Assam has been famous for Angling. It is a magnificient snowed sparkling river that rumbles and swirls down the rugged mountain valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, and then through the dense green Balipara Reserve Forest, forming gorges and fiery rapids to join the mighty 'Brahmaputra'.
It is one of the most fascinating rivers- full of joy and life which leaves the adventure loving tourists, anglers and naturalists in utter awe. The fishing seasonal camp at Potasah is easily accessible, and is only an hour's drive from Tezpur town, about two hours drive from the Kaziranga National Park and about 220 kilometres from Guwahati.
However, anglers have the choice of other base camps too like the Tourist Bungalow of the Government of Assam at the picturesque hilly township of Bhalukpong on the banks of the Jia Bhorob river or the tourist lodge at Tezpur town. The main highway leading to Bomdila and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh runs miles along the way.
However, the best way of fishing throughout the length of the river from Bhalukpong to Potasali (about 26 km of water stretch) is by using an inflatable rubber dinghy. In fact, a rubber dinghy ride has become so popular that the 'Inflatable rubber dinghy rafting competition' has been introduced by the Assam (Bhoreb) Anglers Association in 1992 along with the angling competition held regularly since 1981 in the early part of November every year.
The angling season with rod and line in the Bhoroll river starts from early October and continues upto late April. It is always pleasant and thrilling to raft down the Jia Bhoroli river in a rubber dinghy amidst the vibrant green, and serene surroundings. This gives the angler ample scope to try his luck with rod and line, and the choice of several splitting channels of the river, which meet downstream forming some of the excellent spots for casting the line in a school of fish.
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