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Hill Trout

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HILL TROUT of Hindustan is no trout, but a large bony fish of a silver-grey spotted with black ; will eat can swallow ; is often taken with an infant brother while spinning for his high-caste neighbours, with an artificial minnow of glass, with a piece of rag or paper, with bees, or dragon-fiies caught off the bushes by the river, with a morsel of cabbage leaves boiled, but in general with the orthodox spinning, the minnow, or the artificial fly, made very largo and showy. In Kashmir, Live bags of these fish have been caught, some weighing 7 lbs. each. One seen in the market was 12 lbs. The Walur Lake, the Dhul Lake, and the Jhelum all swami with them about the mulberry trees, the fallen fruits of which seem to afford them in legions a sweet and pleasant diet, if one may judge by the mighty rush ensuing on a shaking of the boughs. Boatmen avail themselves of this, cover a bent pin with a phinip mulberry, and drop it amid the shoal. This fish is widely distributed ; abundant in the backwaters of the Ganges, in the great rapids of that river far above Hurdwar, and in Dehra Doon, in lat. 27 28' N., in

13 the upper branches of rahmaputra, and in the Mishmi and Abor backwaters, also in most of the small rivers of the Panjab, in which latter locality it does not seem to grow very large, though plentifully, owing perhaps to its being the common food of numerous fish of prey. Is abundant, though small, in Central India, in Bundelkhand and Jhansi districts. That it is eatable, is all that can be said, but giving good sport in its way, and yielding subsistence to the monsters of the deep, and useful in diverting their attention from mischief to their own breed. The Europeans in Northern India apply the name of trout to three spotted carp, species of Barilius. B. bola, which takes a fly well, is said to attain 5 lbs. weight. It is found in Northern India, Assam, and Burma. B. tileo, smaller, is of Assam and Bengal ; and B. bendilisis is a third small species. See Chiliva ; Fish ; Fisheries.