Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 2 - 2016

Weekly pictures Archive 2016 two


Weekly pictures archive 2016 part two

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Weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing 2016 part two. 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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Lake Hintersee

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Forellensee

Weekly picture KW 18 2016

Lake Hintersee near Berchtesgaden can present many different views. This photo was taken 5 days ago. The weather was cold and cold rain showers were challenging anglers´ motivation.As rooms have to be booked well ahead, booking always resembles a lottery, all season long! In summer, you might experience heavy thunderstorms - and they always seem more violent in the mountains than out in the open country. In the fall, early snowstorms may impede your flyfishing experience.

The good news is that Lake Hintersee can take a lot of bad weather without getting unfishable. Just as fast as bad weather may come, the sun will eventually be back. Over 25 years ago I held a week long flyfishing clinic in the area. Lake Hintersee is perfect for beginners in our sport. After two days of practicing on the lake we took on the regional rivers: Königsseer Ache, Berchtesgadener Ache, and Schellenberger Ache. The lake as well as the rivers still hold trophy trout that might surprise you when you least expect it.

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Not the Best Weather (But We´ve Seen Worse)

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The Stellako River

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Stellako River

Weekly picture KW 19 2016

Either Vancouver or Seattle are the starting points for my BC excursions. From there, the first part of the trip takes us to Smithers via Williams Lake and Prince George. That is roughly 1150 km from Vancouver and even more from Seattle. About 200 km before reaching Smithers you will get to the town of Fraser Lake on the lake bearing the very same name. Just after leaving town, the highway crosses the Stellako River which joins Fraser Lake and François Lake. François Lake is 110 km long, which makes it BC´s second longest natural lake.

If you drive by and the weather is looking good, you just might think of putting in day of fishing. In the right season you might find very good salmon fishing. All year long, however, you might get hooked on trophy size rainbow trout. Your best chance are the salmon runs, as the rainbows will follow the salmon upstream from Fraser Lake. Where the Stellako runs out of François Lake there is a lodge run by a Swiss gentleman where you may obtain your classified water license, mandatory on the Stellako.

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Flowing out of Lake François: the Stellako River

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Bregenz Forest, Early Morning

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morning in the Bregenzer forest

Weekly picture KW 22 2016

The early morning hours in alpine regions may feel pretty clammy. If the night has been rainy, it is hard to predict what kind of weather the day may bring. Will it just be cold or is it going to rain again? Will the rivers be fishable or is the water going to be high and dirty? Or will it maybe be only high, but clear, but the fish will be hiding out in places you are unable to reach? Anyway, you´ll have to make the best of what you find!

This photograph was taken rather early in the year, when we were on our way from Egg to Switzerland. I had spent the night in my friend´s cabin right next to the Bregenzer Ache. It had been raining all night and fishing the Ache would have been pointless. Luckily, we had made other plans for the day, but I couldn´t resist shooting this scenery from uphill. It bore the fog of a rainy night, yet promised a pretty day to come.

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What´s the New Day Going to Be Like?

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Year After Year ...

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Ephemera Danica the mayfly

Weekly picture KW 23 2016

...Ephemera Danica, the Green Drake, appears as though it had been there all year long. And every year we get charmed by this beautiful aquatic insect. Ephemera Danica isn´t the only mayfly hatching around this time of the year, but it certainly is the queen of them all. In early afternoon, the under sides of foliage and branches near the river are full of imagoes resting up after the hard work of shedding their subimago skins, in order to recover some strength for the upcoming event: the mating flight. Even at distances 50 or more meters from the river they´re hanging there like ripe fruit.

This specimen comes from the lower Wiesent, a beat leased by the Roundtable of Franconian Flyfishers. From what I have experienced there seems to be a pattern that every third year has a relatively weak emergence of Ephemera Danica. On the Wiesent, however, even a weak year is a wonderful sight to see. The Pegnitz, on the contrary, seems to be having a real weak emergence this year. During flyfishing clinics in April and May I had difficulties finding enough nymphs and catching them with a sieve to show them to my students.

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A Timeless Beauty

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The Quick Bridge on the Bulkley River

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The Quick Bridge on the Bulkley River in British Columbia for fly fshing

Weekly picture KW 25 2016

One of the first spots I tried on the Bulkley is the stretch above and below the Quick Bridge. It had been a suggestion by a good old friend, Klaus Stühler. Klaus had been fishing this area when I was still traveling exclusively on Vancouver Island. Then the time had come for me to travel into the north of British Columbia. Klaus had noted a few places for me to fish, and not a single one of his recommendations turned out a flop. In the course of the following years I have been able to add many destinations, but I am still very grateful to Klaus for helping me get started.

The first visits to the Quick Bridge have always been spectacular. At times you could spot up to 20 steelhead from the bridge, and usually a quite a few of them fell for our dries or nymphs. After 2006 seeing seven or eight fish seemed a good situation, later the situation worsened still more. In due course, we caught less fish. 2015 seemed considerably better. Well, flights and RVs for 2016 are booked, and we´ll see what kind of surprises the Quick Bridge holds in store for us this year.

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Always Worth a Visit, the Quick Bridge

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Lake Hintersee in Austria

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perfect for fly fishing, the lake Hintersee in Austria

Weekly picture KW 26 2016

Two weeks ago we vacationed in Austria, east of Zell am See. Due to heavy rain there was absolutely nothing we could do on the Salzach River. Our efforts to do a little gold panning failed miserably, and fly-fishing was altogether inconceivable. So we visited friends, stores and sights to pass the time. The Hotel Bräurup was one of the places on our list. We got there on Saturday and paid a visit to their fly shop.

You all know how it goes, once you get into talking, time flies. Actually I had planned to find a motive for my weekly picture and by chance we spoke about Lake Hintersee. It holds a fishery managed by the Hotel Bräurup and is within a 15 minutes drive from the hotel (though it has the same name, it is not identical with Lake Hintersee near Berchtesgaden in Bavaria). We drove over and found two flyfishers casting for occasional rises. This lake, not affected by floods even in heavy rainfalls, is a real alternative to the alpine rivers in the area.

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Snugly Tucked in Between the Mountains - Lake Hintersee

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Fly fishing on the Morice River in BC

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Fly fishing on the Morice River in BC

Weekly picture KW 27 2016

The Morice is by far the largest tributary of the Bulkley River. Another tributary by the name of Bulkley - contributing less than 10% to the water of the river - runs into the Morice near the town of Houston. Why the river changes its name to Bulkley from there on remains an unsolved mystery to me. The picture was taken about 20 km upstream from Houston and illustrates the size of the Morice. The fly fisher in the picture all but vanishes in all that scenery.

If you approach this river without a (pontoon-) boat, you will find few places allowing access, and they´re hard to find. The Morice is quite long. I have walked many a kilometer along its shores without finding a place allowing me direct access to the river. The banks are quite steep, even immediately next to the bank, your chest waders turn out to be too short. Nevertheless it is a fantastic river embedded in gorgeous scenery.

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Fly fisher, hard to find

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Sanitarium for Fly fishers?

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fly fisher sanatorium

Weekly picture KW 28 2016

On my excursions in the Alps I have always liked exploring the less-known secondary valleys. These valleys may frequently turn out rather narrow, and I admit these excursions are to do less with flyfishing than with not so obvious places to try gold panning. Thus one of my excursions took my into the Northern Alps last weekend.

The valley I meant to explore had so far been altogether unknown to myself. That is why I chose the wrong way for my first approach. Unfortunately, even a very limited kit for prospecting is a good deal heavier than the tools of a flyfisher, so I was pretty happy to find an alternative route before ending up on a remote alpine pasture. On this alternative route I passed by this building in its idyllic surroundings. My first thought was: this place should be a sanitarium for stressed fly fishers!

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Idyllic Setting by a Brook

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Inaccessible Alpine Valley

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narrow alp valley

Weekly picture KW 31 2016

Here´s another small secondary valley in the Northern Alps in Germany. This photograph has been taken from a bridge crossing that valley. Right upstream from the bridge is a short gorge, about 10 m long, that declines very rapidly. By very rapidly I mean a drop of about 15 m in altitude over 10 m of distance. Under the bridge, the gorge is already about 20 m deep and, as you see in the picture, continues to drop sharply. Along the left side of the gorge, outside of it, a narrow trail takes you along its course.

The little valley ends in a small pool feeding a waterfall dropping about 10 m. All along, I haven´t been able to find any spot allowing access to the gorge from above without the help of a rope. Access from below by climbing up is equally impossible, I´d refuse to even think of it. Should you fall in, and manage to survive, your cellphone won´t be of any help either, even if it, too, survived the fall. Even above the gorge, you hardly reach any net at all. I admit having a tendency to test my limits. In this remote area, however, I prefer to be careful instead of taking excessive risk.

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There´s No Way of Getting out of Here without Help

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The Skeena River in Terrace

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the Skeena River

Weekly picture KW 32 2016

Terrace probably is the largest town on the Skeena River. It is situated about 150 km upriver from the Skeena´s mouth into the Pacific Ocean. Several world-renowned steelhead rivers join the Skeena upriver from Terrace, e.g. the Babine, the Bulkley, the Copper, and the Kispiox. All of them have a reputation for hosting steelhead either in large numbers or in very large specimens. So it does make sense to think about the fact that all these fish have to pass Terrace and might also be caught right there, before reaching their native rivers. The Skeena, however, is a big river and some anglers might feel a bit lost facing the Skeena with a flyrod.

Just about in the middle of Terrace the Skeena flows around an island by the name of Ferry Island. This island is not too small; after all it is big enough to hold a campground with 100 lots. The photograph has been taken on the south side of the island and shows the old bridge from Highway #16 to the Center of Terrace. This very south side of the island is always worth a try with a flyrod. A friend of mine caught a steelhead of 1.04 meters on a nymph a few years ago. Another point to consider: so far, fishing there does not require a classified water license, and you also may fish on weekends without hiring a guide!

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The Old Road Bridge in Terrace

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