Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 5 - 2017

Weekly pictures Archive 2017five


Weekly pictures archive 2017 part five

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The weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing part five 2017. Collected pictures in 2017 - 5 from the areas fly fishing, fly tying and nature. This pictures were taken in Europe, North America including Canada.

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A Visit To Bass Pro In Vancouver

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Visiting Bass Pro

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When visiting a fly shop in USA or Canada and comparing it to our shops, ours don´t look very impressive. The number of fly and nymph patterns seems incredible. The value of the merchandise in stock makes our heads spin. Same thing with fly rods, depending on the shop´s favorite brand, Sage or Orvis rods come by bundles. The same goes for the entire program for fly anglers. Be it leaders or waders, there is enough to leave no wish whatsoever unfulfilled.

And then there are the really huge outfitters, like Cabela´s, Bass Pro and the like. Visiting such a store may leave you breathless. And not every location is the same! Cabela´s in Nanaimo will impress anyone, but compared to the Cabela´s in Lacey, Washington it is just a sort of kindergarten. Of course the store caters not only to anglers, but also to hunters. Boats of all sizes are in stock. No problem spending a whole day in such a store, no problem spending a fortune either.

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A Beautiful Ceiling At Bass Pro Vancouver


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10 years of review, British Columbia 2007

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Nice Steelhead Back From 2007

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10 years is not a very long time, many sectors of life have not seen a lot of change since. Others , e.g. home entertainment, have since been redefined over and over. But let´s stay with BC. Gasoline prices have almost doubled in the last ten years. The most expensive gas station charged can$ 1,36 for one liter of gas in 2017. Food prices have gone up considerably whereas prices for fishing licenses have remained the same. Around half of the time since 2007 to today, the new regulations for classified waters have come into effect.

In 2014 there has been a large rock slide on the Coquihalla, ever since there have been huge obstacles for the steelhead run. Unfortunately, these problems still persist today. Good water conditions on Vancouver Island are becoming less and less frequent. Either there´s hardly any water at all or the whole area is flooded. I´m talking about September and October. After heavy rains and consequent flooding, the water runs off in a matter of days, and the rivers lack water again. Over the last few years, our results have been below average. Let´s see what the future brings!

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Nice Steelhead Back From 2007


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What's up in Steelhead Country?

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View to the West

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The photo below was taken in October. On the right you see the single-lane steel bridge between New Hazelton and the town of Kispiox. The camera points almost exactly in Western direction. At that time, daytime temperatures were around six to eight degrees Centigrade, nighttime around freezing point. - 11°C are expected for next week. The current water flow in the Kispiox at 15 m³/sec is still well below what it was on September 7th. The situation on the Skeena is similar: 800m³/sec near Usk on September 7th, currently 400 m³/sec. On the 26th of October, however, the Skeena had over 2500m³/sec.

Temperatures on Vancouver Island are still considerably warmer, but there is a little rain. When we got there in October, the Gold River had about 25m³/second, but only two days later it had over 1,300m³/second. The rain that caused this rise rendered the whole island unfishable. The current level is around 100m³/sec, which should provide enough for a good winter run. Enough numbers for today, I guess. But the numbers have illustrated the risk that is always inherent whenever you have to plan long-distance fishing trips well in advance. If there is a lake or two to be found near your destination - all the better!

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Not Long Before Sunset


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No Winter In Sight

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Winter in Gold River

Foto by Michael McGee

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Wherever you may look, there´s not a trace of winter in sight over here. Most of our precipitation is arriving in the form of rain and thus fills our creeks and rivers up to the brim. In case heavy rains should fall onto the snow in the Alps, this could lead to a situation causing floods in Cologne. I´m sure, in time it will get cold and we´ll have the usual problems on snow-covered roads, but I don´t see any of that arriving before the new year.

In this situation I particularly appreciate the photograph I just got from a friend of Gold River on Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island doesn´t get a lot of snow in winter, except for some areas in the mountains. Instead of winter, you might as well call these months rain season. Gold River has an altitude of just 100 meters above sea level, which doesn´t exactly stand for good conditions for lots of snow. All the more surprising is the snow in mid-town Gold River shown on the photograph. Considering the fact that there are also warm maritime currents touching the island´s western shores, it seems almost the world turned upside down.

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Not in the Alps, but On Vancouver Island


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