Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 4 - 2015

Weekly pictures Archive 2015 four


Weekly pictures archive 2015 part four

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Weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing 2015 part four. Here again collected pictures from the areas fly fishing, fly tying and nature. The pictures were taken in Europe as well as North America including Canada.

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Swiss Alpine Scenery

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Unobstructed mountain landscape

Nice Alpine View

Weekly picture KW 38 2015

Our weekly pictures seem a bit lopsided towards Switzerland these days. Well, that's true, and owed to the fact that I'm taking these pictures vacationing in Switzerland, which is full of motives, be it animals, urban views, inhabitants or nature in general. You're bound to find excellent motives in Switzerland.

This photograph was taken en route to Vals, a town in a cul-de-sac valley about 22 kms south of Ilanz. While writing my text for the weekly picture, I usually do background checks on the Internet on the area the picture is about. I can hardly grab it, but there are plans to build the world's highest hotel right in that valley. 381 meters, 82 storeys high!!! Check it yourself on Google if you wish! For the sake of nature, I hope these plans will not prevail.

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Unblocked for the Moment

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Greetings from BC

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Monster Steelhead

Big Monster Steelhead

Weekly picture KW 42 2015

There's one thing that seems to be the same every single year: you've barely made it to Vancouver, and - whoosh - your vacation's over! Three and a half weeks are just not enough for this country. A few days from now we'll turn in our RVs and board the plane to Germany. We do, however, tote a sack full of memories back home to help us pass the time until we take our next trip to BC. The four of us have met a lot of great people in Terrace, and we'll make sure to stay in touch.

Unfortunately I have lost my hardy companion of many a year - my wallet - fishing for grayling in Northern BC. On the asset side of the balance sheet figures the biggest steelhead I caught on the Bulkley so far, measuring exactly 100 cm. My three fellow travelers have also played their share of fish, so we've all been having a great time in BC. More info to follow soon. For the time being, three Franconians and one Bavarian emigree to North-Rhine Westphalia send you all the best, live from Hope, BC.

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Nice Bulkley Steelhead

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Weather Phenomenon at New Hazelton

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New Hazelton weather phenomena

Weather phenomena at New Hazelton

Weekly picture KW 43 2015

Anyone who has ever been up there will remember the single lane steel bridge crossing the Bulkley on the road from New Hazelton to Kispiox. As we had some newcomers on our team this year, I didn't want them to miss the view. It requires only a small detour of about 4 kms and is well worth seeing. It is, however, not the ideal route for people suffering from acrophobia.

The view into the canyon alone is pretty stunning already. This year we have been presented with unusual meteorological phenomina on top of it all. While the sun kept shining , some spots received torrential rains while others stayed dry. The photograph gives some impression of what we saw; let your imagination fill in the gaps.

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Spectacular Weather

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Die erste Steelhead | The First Steelhead

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first Steelhead

First Steelhead

Weekly picture KW 45 2015

I suppose no one will ever forget this first steelhead, especially if it was taken on a flyrod. I caught my first one at the end of february on the Quinsam River on Vancouver Island, and I remember my disappointment at the fact that it was not even 60 cm (approximately 24 inches). After catching another one with almost identical size I just thought it couldn't be true.

Our friend who caught his first steelhead this year on his first trip to BC obviously didn't have that problem. This bright strong fish put up a great fight on his flyrod and was measured at 75 cm (almost 30 inches). After he had his picture taken all he could say was: I better sit down for a moment now! Congratulations from me, and may St. Peter, our patron saint, grant him many more fish as beautiful as this one!

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A Beautiful First Steelhead

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Arctic Grayling

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arctic grayling

Arctic Grayling

Weekly picture KW 46 2015

As one river in southern BC was unfishable this year, we had two days to spare on our way to Smithers. This situation led us to the conclusion to try fishing for arctic grayling north of Prince George for a change. We had no intention of driving hundreds of kms towards the North but were thinking in terms of 100 to 150 kms. In retrospective, I can only advise you to start this trip well prepared, and don't forget to gas up your car on leaving!

You're likely to end up in the middle of nowhere. If anything breaks down, it would be nice to have enough gas to keep the engine running at night. Around the end of September, nights can get pretty cold out there. It would be even better to be traveling in a convoy of two (or more) cars. All of us caught some grayling, no giants among them, but fish up to 40 cm. We didn't get them on the small grayling nymphs we brought from Germany, but on big heavy steelhead-nymphs. I intend to go there a couple more times in the future, although taking the trip in an RV seems pretty crazy.

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One Beauty of an Arctic Grayling

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Incredible Coincidence

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Perfectly Parked

Perfectly Parked in Lillooet

Weekly picture KW 47 2015

It may be hard to believe, but nothing on this picture has been staged. There is, however, a credible witness, my fellow driver Rafi, and my word that this has taken place completely unintentionally. The site was a parking area right after a bridge crossing Cayoosh Creek in Lilloet. Rafi and I had intended to try a little gold panning in the early morning before we went on the ferry to Vancouver.

We had told our fellow travelers to take their time with breakfast etc. The parking area was just about 300 m away, so we got going, crossed the bridge and u-turned onto the embankment of the opposite lane.I backed up a little so the RV would be out of the way of the oncoming traffic, braked, put in the foot brake, set the transmission on P, done! Rafi got out, on the driver's side, that is. Neither he nor I had been aware of the sign. It hadn't been touched by the fender or any other part of the vehicle, but only one finger's breadth was left on either side. Incredible, but true!

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Perfectly Parked

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Vancouver Island Coho

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coho silver

Coho Salmon

Weekly picture KW 48 2015

The Quinsam River is still incredibly productive. Starting October 1st, though, fishing there can become annoying for flyfishers, because anglers may keep cohos as long as they follow regulations. All the pools are under siege by lots of anglers wielding bait casting equipment or spoons. 90 percent of the fish caught are snagged. Flyfishing gets cumbersome under these conditions.

More than ten years ago my late friend Larry had told me about his secret fly for cohos. I could hardly believe him, because it was a nymph tied on a size 10 hook. We would fish nymphs in that dimension in our local chalk streams Pegnitz, Wiesent or Püttlach. But trying out his nymph convinced me in a matter of minutes. This year it took me four casts to take this beautiful coho, fresh in from the Sea.

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Quinsam Coho

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Fly Fishing ?

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fly fishing

special kind of fly fishing

Weekly picture KW 50 2015

A little lake near Hope was where we spent the last days of our 2015 steelhead trip. A brook runs through it, and steelhead use it to run up to their spawning grounds. In low water conditions, the run ends in the lake, but when we fished the brook running out of the lake, water conditions were just about perfect. Even the brook flowing into the lake yielded about 2 cubic meter ( 71 cubic feet ) of water.

This year I witnessed steelhead being caught in the lake for the very first time. Our group landed a few, too. The Coquihalla still being closed to all fishing, we had all the time to explore the lakeshore all the way around. That's when I saw that forked branch rammed into the ground. I couldn't resist putting my rod there just for the photograph, but I seriously doubt this could be called fly fishing.

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A Particular Way of Fly fishing

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Weekly picture archive 2018

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