Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 2 - 2015

Weekly pictures Archive 2015 two


Weekly pictures archive 2015 part two

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Weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing 2015 part two. 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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Aquatic Insects

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nymphs in the river wiesent

Aquatic Insects at the river bottom

Weekly picture KW 13 2015

Unfortunately, there are rivers who do not hold adequate populations of aquatic insects. About 30 years ago a river near Hof in Northeastern Bavaria, as far as insect life was concerned, was practically dead. A good friend of mine started hauling nymphs from other rivers to this one by the bucket to stock them, and about three years later he had built a self-sustaining insect populations from those nymphs.

He had collected those nymphs mainly in the Wiesent. Being known mostly for its mayfly hatches, the Wiesent also holds immense populations of most other relevant aquatic insects. The river bottom looks like the attached photo over long stretches. Larger rocks and dead wood are so crowded with nymphs you might think they'd jump right out of your hand. It goes without saying that you will avoid to wade in these spots.

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Insect Life in the Wiesent

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Just a little while...

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Steelhead, a dream fish

Steelhad, even in Canada a dream of a fish

Weekly picture KW 14 2015

The time of year when fly fishing is somewhat restrained may be long. In some areas the time of not-being-able-to-fish is longer than the time of fishing. In the beginning, there's lots of things to do, like cleaning equipment, doing maintenance on reels and rods, and what have you, applying fly-line-dressing on your lines, and storing them on large-diameter spools over the winter. Then there's tying flies. Lucky are those who can pass their non-fishing time tying flies!

Of course, the first thing that comes to your mind is filling the gaps in your fly-boxes, which brings back happy memories of all the fish you've tricked into taking your fly last season. Then, when it comes to creating new patterns, your thoughts may run wild about that one, the unbelievable, the unheard-of fish. Some of us might even get to hook it - and lose it in a good, fair fight. That's what makes us fishermen humble, and isn't it wonderful? Happy Easter! Wolfgang

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One Dream of a Fish

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Accommodation

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Swiss hotel

Swiss Hotel in a dream location

Weekly picture KW 16 2015

All our lives we seem to be looking for accommodation. I don't mean the places where we live, which we might even own, but the accommodation we need during our life's travels, be it a little tent on the shore of Lake Hallstatt, a RV in Canada, a lodge in Alaska or a hotel in New York City.

My photograph shows a hotel in the Swiss Alps. Even the drive to get there is quite adventurous. Access is by a one-lane-road with practically perpendicular rocks on one side and a seemingly bottomless abyss on the other. Nothing for people with an inherent tendency to get nervous. The good thing about it: once up there, you can hike for days without meeting anyone at all.

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Hotel in Perfect Scenery

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The Marmot

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a marmot

A curious Marmot

Weekly picture KW 17 2015

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you are bound to meet all kinds of animals. Some of them may look funny, others - especially in Canada - may be rather dangerous. Then there are some you can't really expect to meet - like running into a cougar in the woods.

Well, unfortunately I haven't yet got a good photograph of a cougar out in the wilderness. I did meet the marmot here, though, not one one of my fishing trips, but panning gold in the Swiss Alps. He wasn't too shy and appeared well fed, and thus well prepared for the coming winter.

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Curious Marmot

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A Mousetrap

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almost a mousetrap

Like a Mousetrap for humans

Weekly picture KW 20 2015

I suppose just about any country on our planet has landscapes that might eventually kill people or entire groups. This can happen through quicksand or bogs near a lake (e.g. Silverhope Lake near Hope, B.C.). Once you go under in a quaking bog, you will require lots of divine protection to survive.

The picture shows the Bridge River Gorge near Lilloet, B.C.. Rumor has it that some fishermen have succeeded in reaching the bottom of the gorge unhurt, but never got out of it again. Whenever you intend to undertake an excursion that might include risks, leave a note with the local police! The life it saves may be your own.

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Point of (practically) No Return

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Sick Leave

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work creation

Work creation in sick time, Goldbead Nymphs

Weekly picture KW 22 2015

Some people may consider it a nice present of a couple of days of (paid, at least over here in Europe) additional vacation time, when their doctor advises them not to go to work for a while. But believe me, even a common cold that sticks with you for weeks can be pretty annoying. Everyone else seems to be out on the river catching fish while you pass your time brewing - and consuming - concoctions of fennel and thyme.

Luckily, we have fly tying! It pairs well with those herbal brews, with or without honey. Of course, your concentration under those circumstances lasts just about three flies, but you can pick it up again after a 30 minute break. In case 30 minutes seems not enough, make yourself another cup of herbal tea. It's about time this cold went away!

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Results for one Week

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Caddis Nymphs

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caddis nymphs

Nice Population of Caddis Nymphs

Weekly picture KW 23 2015

The Wiesent keeps surprising us with its abundance of aquatic insects. It not only holds a world-famous mayfly population, but also lots of caddisflies in varying sizes, with some nymphs reaching up to 4 cm in length.

The nymphs shown on this photograph are much smaller, but they thrive in enormous quantities, which leads to trout in top condition. Due to these circumstances, fly fishermen better be prepared for very selective trout. Sometimes, this may amount to stress for some anglers.

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Nice Population

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A Last Salute

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big Green Drake

End of the Green Drake season

Weekly picture KW 25 2015

It had just begun, and again it has passed too soon: the famous hatch of the Green Drake (Ephemera Danica). About four weeks ago the first hatching mayflies could be seen on the lower Wiesent. As in previous years the trout seemed to be almost scared of these big insects, but after a few days, the binge got going.

Fly fishers had the chance to experience a few real highlights, not just on the water, but also along the banks. The emergence of the new generation as well as the wedding party above or in the bushes along the banks. Mating and egg-laying, then the spent mayflies float downstream. Now, about 4 weeks from the beginning of the emergence, there's only a few flies left on the water. But as every year, we look forward to experiencing the same spectacle again a year from now.

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Fragile Beauty

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