504 WILD SPORTS OF BURMA AND ASSAM
covered with forest jungle. The General made some very pretty sketches of this and other parts of the river.
The Cossyah boats are very light, broad in the beam, have a very small false keel, are safe and easily propelled. I went up stream as far as I could, without getting a run ; I was trolling with a spoon-bait, but coming back at a rapid I struck a fish; we were carried down at such a rate the boat could not be stopped till we got into smooth water again, by which time my fish was dead. It wras spotted something like a trout, and 2 lbs. in weight. I then passed the village and our camp and four rapids, and to the extremity of the gorge, where there was a weir, without a run ; but on my way back I caught two, 3-i and ij lbs each. In the gorge itself I heavily weighted the line and trolled very deep; I was using a spoon of the size of a large gravy spoon, treble gut, spinning tackle, and one of Farlowa s best mahseer rods ; at last I felt a tug and a half, and more than 70 yards of line out of 120 was carried out. I got the boat to a sand-bank, and landed to play it ; it fought me for half-an-hour without allowing me a glimpse of it. The morning sun was full on my face, and the perspiration running down all but blinded me. I gradually drew the fish into shallow water, and could note its every movement. It did all it could by lying down on its side and rubbing its mouth into the sand to get rid of the hooks, but I did not give it much liberty and it did not succeed in its efforts. At one time, a fish almost the image of it approached, and my monster went at him open-mouthed. General Blake came up and looked on at the struggle, and after three-quarters of an houra s hard fight I landed about the handsomest fish I ever caught. It weighed between 28 and 30 lbs. My weighing machine was only graduated to 20 lbs., so we had to cut the fish in two to weigh it. The two, after loss of blood, entrails, etc., weighed over 28 lbs. For the next trip I got a proper fish scale showing up to 60 lbs. Always weigh a fish as soon after it is caught as possiblea it loses weight as it dries up. We then had a bathe and went back to breakfast. In the afternoon in the rapids I caught two, 4b lbs. each, and one \ lb. I then went through the gorge, and close to the weir I caught a monster of 40 lbs., but it did not give half the