Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 1 - 2016

Weekly pictures Archive 2016 one


Weekly pictures archive 2016 part one

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Weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing 2016 part one. Here once 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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Yuletide

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quiet christmas time

quiet time before Christmas

weekly picture KW 01 2016

Christmas week starts on Monday, and there's not a trace of snow in sight all over Germany! How appropriate, that envoys of governments all around the globe recently convened in Paris to save what (their governments, the planet, whatever)? They all put up a great struggle to save Mother Earth, ready even to forgo financial gain if need be. Of course, everyone would like to see everyone else reducing their emissions, but what when it comes to our own economies???

Aren't we lucky to have politicians ready to practically put their lives in jeopardy to save us, our world, our nature? You think I'm being sarcastic? I don't; I rather feel like sitting down at night like a wolf and howl at the moon. Why does that picture pop up in front of my inner eye all the time, of a guy sitting in a tree and sawing away as best he can on the branch he's sitting on? Anyway, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody! Wolfgang Fabisch

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Winter Calm: the Road into Lungsdorf in the Pegnitz Valley

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Fall in BC

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Fall Mood on a Canadian Lake

Fall Mood on a Canadian Lake

weekly picture KW 02 2016

After presenting only a very short scene, winter has quit the stage again. Somehow the weather seems all mixed up. The good news is that for the next five and a half months the days will grow longer last. Some more good news could be the absence of spring flooding from snowmelt runoff. I bet cities like Cologne would appreciate that.

The photograph was taken on a Canadian lake not far from the US border. We had spent a few days there before hopping on our plane back to Germany. The calm of this place is just beyond comprehension. This picture to me still radiates the calm we felt when we were there. I have decided to make it my screensaver. Relax as you're watching it, and let your mind roam to whatever corner of this world it decides to go.

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Fall Mood on a Canadian Lake

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Stocking Trout Eggs

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stocking trout eggs

Stocking brown trout eggs

weekly picture KW 03 2016

Hard to believe, but we're finally having a proper winter. Unfortunately for us, winter arrived at the wrong moment. We had known all along the trout eggs would be due these days, but we hadn't planned to be standing in the river in the middle of a snowstorm. There was three of us to do the chore, one with some experience with WV-boxes and two newbies.

To make things more interesting, we mounted the boxes on the base plate on the river. Nice fingerwork at temperatures well below freezing. 10,000 eggs in 18 boxes, a little over 500 per box. Mounting the first one is easy, but the filled boxes should not be lifted out of the water while the rest of them are being mounted to the base plate. Next we had to wash gravel - gold panning has made me an expert in that - fix the wire mesh cages to the bottom of the river, and fill the whole thing up with gravel. We're quite content with this year's achievement, but we'll do even better next year.

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Stocking Brown Trout Eggs in the Wiesent

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Campbell River Chum

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Campbell river chum

Chum Salmon

weekly picture KW 04 2016

Around this time of the year there isn't a lot of flyfishing going on in Germany. Not everyone wants to pay excessive fees for permits for Huchen, neither does everyone wish to fly to South America, New Zealand or Australia to cast a few flies. That leaves us with flytying, stocking our rivers, and musing about last year's memories or fantasies of the season to come

As I'm a rather down-to-earth guy, I stick with memories. At the end of our 2015 Canada Tour we spent a few days on Vancouver Island. Unfortunately the conditions were not exactly favorable for flyfishing. Most rivers on the island were unfishable due to flooding. Only two of them were in acceptable condition: the Campbell River and its tributary, the Quinsam. The coho I took on the Quinsam has already been in the weekly pictures; here you have a nice chum taken on the Campbell. These fish put up a great fight on a flyrod!

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Chum in Spawning Colors from the Campbell River

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A Slightly Different Steelhead Photograph

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Steelhead picture from another angle

weekly picture KW 06 2016

Many situations would best be documented by photographs. Especially when living creatures are involved, the act of taking a picture should be kept as short as possible. Once any of us anglers happens to catch an extraordinary fish, we are usually happy if we get a fairly good photograph of this occasion. If we're lucky, someone with a smartphone might pass and take one. Whether it's a good picture or not, you can only judge a posteriori - it takes some luck to run into someone who knows how to take a meaningful picture with a smartphone.

On my Canada trip in 2015 I had plenty of luck. First I managed to improve my own steelhead record for the Bulkley from 87 cm (34 inches) to 92 cm (36 inches), and eventually to over 1 m (>40 inches). When I caught the 92-cm-fish, three young flyfishers were present who knew better than myself how to handle my S5. The one from Ontario said to me: hold the fish like this for a change; when it gets free, you'll get your first picture. I hope you like the picture. Next time, try to do something differently yourself. Here, the scene lasted hardly 30 seconds.!

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Steelhead from a Different Point of View

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A Little Color for Early March

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Grayling River

weekly picture KW 09 2016

Already we have more than one third of our way to summer solstice behind us. Sometimes, the sun already delivers welcome warmth, sometimes all we get is snow and slush. Anyway, our thoughts venture ahead to the coming season. Brown trout are already open, so we may expect the first catches in a few days. The trout, however, are still going to be rather skinny.

This picture is supposed to bring a little color into our early season. The fall colors on this Canadian grayling river could hopefully accelerate the coming of spring and fire up our anticipation of fishing adventures in 2016. Will our new fly and nymph patterns actually work? Will that hidden giant fish we spotted last year still be there? I wish you a good start into your new season

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Grayling River in Full Fall Colors

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Maybe not a Great Picture, but ...

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black bear on the river

weekly picture KW 12 2016

Flyfishers moving along a river usually don't carry heavy equipment. This is true also on the rivers of Western Canada, but you usually cover greater distances than you would when fishing in Central Europe. For this reason, you try to reduce the weight you carry even further. You should, however, keep an eye on your priorities.

It would certainly be great to have a great camera with a long telephoto lens available at all times, but as a rule bear spray has a higher priority for me. You wouldn't believe how many opportunities for great shots you miss over the years, just because you left your camera in the car and carried your bear spray instead. When I took this week's picture, all the equipment was available, even a 200 mm lens, but this guy just wouldn't move the least bit outside his cover.

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In the great outdoors: don't forget to keep your distance!

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Beginning or End of the Season?

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seasens end in the alps

weekly picture KW 13 2016

Every once in a while, when driving home from the Salzach as I did last weekend, I take the back road via Dienten and Maria-Alm in direction Saalfelden. Unless the weather is really bad, this is a beautiful ride along spectacular scenery. Especially now, at the end of March it seems like a winter dream. A dream, however, about to come to an end.

The ski lifts on the Hochkönig are still running at top capacity, and the towns are filled with people with skis either on their feet or over their shoulders. Most of the lifts will close by the end of this week and skiing season will be over. A short distance from here, in the Salzach Valley, fly fishing season is getting on its way.

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Coming to an End, a Winter Dream

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Addition to my Touran to Dry Wet Garments

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Touran with drying room

weekly picture KW 14 2016

About three years ago I started to modify the interior of my Touran in order to have accommodation during summer. By now it has a bed of 2 m length and .8 m width, one locker for clothes and another one for food. Fishing gear or gold panning equipment can be stashed underneath the bed. During the evening or at night, light is supplied by an LED desk lamp - enough light even for fly tying.

On the wall side along the bed is a little built-in bar with some friends from Scotland. All of these modifications make for a cozy place for overnight stays. A problem that remained unsolved until recently were wet waders and other garments. It doesn´t make sense to take them into the car you intend to sleep in, and you´d better not just hang them outside. For one, there´s rain and morning dew, and then there´s those € 600 you just spent on those brand new Patagonia waders... A little addition on the driver´s side of the car solves that problem. Even at temperatures around 2°C everything dries.

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Doesn´t it Look Like a Little Winter Garden?

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Crowded

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Steelhead run at the Bulkley

weekly picture KW 16 2016

Sometimes things take a turn that makes you feel like blowing your top. You´re on a fishing trip with a couple of friends to fish that beautiful spot, and by the time you get there the crowds make the place look more like an amusement park. This blow stings particularly when it happens in Canada, which you remembered as a land full of scenery with relatively few people. For once, there´s really enough room for anglers to disperse some more, then, this place can´t be reached in a 5 minutes drive.

Here we are on the upper Bulkley River. This pool allows for perfect fly fishing, especially when you´re right-handed, and every one in our group was that day. Unfortunately, the place is also the perfect spot to launch jet boats and drift boats. So the anglers fish this run rather superficially to get the feel for their flyrods before they start their boat ride. And Wolfgang-come-lately can gaze at the moon!

A Perfect Run - With Too Much Traffic

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Weekly pictue archive 2014

2014 part four

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Weekly picture archive 2015

2015 part one,   -   2015 part two,   -   2015 part three,   -   2015 part four

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Weekly picture archive 2016

2016 part one,   -   2016 part two,   -   2016 part three

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