Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 4 - 2017

Weekly pictures Archive 2017four


Weekly pictures archive 2017 part four

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The weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing part four 2017. Collected pictures in 2017 - 4 from the areas fly fishing, fly tying and nature. This pictures were taken in Europe, North America including Canada.

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Smithers, British Columbia, 2017

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the last evening at the Bulkley in Smithers

Weekly picture KW 41 2017

Smithers in British Columbia is the center of steelhead fishing on the Bulkley River. The Bulkley starts near the little town of Houston, Canada and joins the Skeena near New Hazelton. During Steelhead Season the river and its shores are pretty busy. Whether you drive from spot to spot by car or use the services of a guide with a boat, the Bulkley has enough worthwhile fishing spots available. N.B.: if you´re immersed to the brim of your waders, you won´t be too enthusastic about jet boats passing you with a nice wake.

Our traveling group in 2017 consists of three persons, and they all know what steelhead fishing is all about. Still, the fishing seems kind of slow this year. The locals are also saying that this year´s steelhead run is rather small. Well, all of us have caught steelhead in six days of fishing, the largest specimens measuring around 85 cm. Now it´s time to say goodbye to Smithers and to look forward to Vancouver Island.

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Our Last Evening On The Bulkley Near Smithers


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The End Is At Hand

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nice Bulkley Steelhead

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Sounds worse than it is, actually. The fishing on this trip in 2017 has been slow and challenging. When we started, the Coquihalla was so low the fish had no way of running upstream. Now, two days from our scheduled departure, the river is high and dirty, and it will take at least 3 to 4 days before it will be fishable. That´s just about what happened to us on Vancouver Island a week ago. The Gold River was way down low, and the total absence of both anglers as well as bald eagles did not bode good news.

So, in the end we are happy that we did catch steelhead even though the fishing up north was difficult. With all anglers on the Bulkley and the Copper being unhappy with their results, we were not too bad off, we found out. The three of us had caught 19 steelhead, which is not so bad in view of the given conditions. Last year the North was a complete failure due to high water and the South had to make up for that. Let´s see what next year brings. There may be some negative effects due to the use of new giant trawlers at sea. They don´t really target steelhead, but these are caught in their dragnets anyway and consequently die miserably.

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Pretty Steelhead From The Bulkley


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Summary Canada 2017

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Summary Canada 2017

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The fishing has been slow this year, and I´d rather not write any more about it. Maybe a few other details would be of interest. If you drive from Vancouver to Terrace, from there to Vancouver Island, and maybe take a short trip to the Thompson River, your odometer indicates about 5,500 km more than it did at the outset of your voyage. Driving a 25-ft-RV at 25 liters per 100 km is next to impossible! The most expensive gas station charged Can$ 1,37 per liter, which would amount to Can$ 2,200 just for gas. Fortunately, fuel prices up North were up to 25% less, and the gas bill was shared by two persons.

Licenses for classified water, 8 times up North, and twice on the Thompson, make up for another $220 per person. Airfare and a place on the RV were $2,000 per person this year. It seems to make sense to compare these costs to three weeks+ in a van and motel accommodation. This version offers a little less freedom then the RV-version, because you can´t just stop overnight whenever/wherever you please. At this time of year you would frequently drive an RV until late at night before stopping at a parking lot, which can imply big surprises when getting out of the vehicle on the next morning.

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Parking Area On The Thompson Near Kamloops


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Fall Is Here

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Ferry to Vancouver Island

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Originally I had planned to write about our home region Franconia today. Ten days ago I returned from Canada, and I´m still battling my jetlag. Three times I had started out to fish the Wiesent but didn´t make it there for several reasons. The fourth try was almost perfect, well, almost. I had well prepared everything. The new waders I had brought from Canada, my little scissors and the fly-floatant were hitched to my vest, everything was just hunky-dory, even the weather! Only thing I have noted down: next time I should maybe bring along a fly-rod!

Well, to bring a touch of joy into our cool and foggy season: here´s a photo taken in Vancouver the night before takeoff back to Germany. The weather and the temperature were but a dream. It seemed to mock our stay, when it had rained cats and dogs most of the time. Enjoy the warm hues, looking back at the ferry leaving for Nanaimo. A trip from Tsawassen south of Vancouver which takes about an hour and fifty minutes. Should you ever take this trip I advise you spend your time on deck with your camera, and enjoy the view!

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Ferry Ride Into the Sunset


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Fliegenfischen und Bären - Flyfishers and Bears

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Black bear on Vancouver Island

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A question I´ve been asked over and over: are there bears, and if so, are they dangerous? Yes there´s bears there, even more than just one species! And yes again, they may be dangerous. So some people might ask themselves: why fly there and take risks? Well, those bears are not hiding behind trees waiting for some angler to pass by just in time for dinner. As a fact, humans are not part of bears´ regular diet. Moreover there are a few helpful tools to protect us from bears.

I would put bear spray in first place. Except for 6 years I´ve always had it with me, without ever using it, though. Furthermore you should always make some noise as you move through the bush, thus avoiding to surprise the bear. You may use little bells, whistle, or sing along as you march. Grizzlies may be huge - you´ll never have a chance fighting a grizzly. Some think it is advisable to play dead, as grizzlies supposedly prefer their meat with a bit of haut goût and might turn back just to wait for you to mature some more. Black bears are more prone to start their meal right away. As flyfishers we don´t usually handle salmon roe so we don´t smell nearly as interesting as bait anglers - a little advantage, maybe.

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This One Has Put On A Good Layer Of Lard


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A Nice Creek, Actually...

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Creek at Lillooet

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Over here in Europe it is hard to imagine: there´s miles and miles of a beautiful creek or river, practically asking to be fished with a flyrod, but absolutely unaccessible without mountaineering equipment. Of course we have long gorges that are very hard to access, but they are far from what can be found in Western Canada. The picture shows the Bridge River in BC. From here to the largest river, the Fraser - for many miles the water is practically unaccessible. Of course, the Fraser looks a lot more impressive, but the fact of the matter is just the same.

The water is nice to look at, but that´s about it. Even if you could get down to the water - where the photo was taken there´s no way to get there for another 15 km - you would only be able to move for a few meters. Due to the depth and the current, there´s no way of crossing to the other shore. Nature thus manages to create large zones that are absolutely protected, at least from anglers. On this trip I traveled alone and resisted the urge to try and get down there with a rope. The car on the photo used to be my home for almost four weeks.

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These Walls Go Down Deep, And They Are Almost Perpendicular


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Fly Fishing With Instruction

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Fly Fishing With Instruction

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It has been more than 30 years that I´ve been running my fly fishing school, and along with all this time I´ve picked up a lot of experience. All these different kinds of anglers that want to take up fly fishing. After spending half a lifetime with "coarse" fishing or right after taking the angler´s exam (mandatory to obtain a fishing license in Germany), there´s so many different motives. Some dive right into casting training as though it were a marathon, some prefer to play it cool, but there´s one thing they all have in common: after a while, casting mistakes start to sneak in. Well, that, too, is absolutely normal.

No one takes a critical look at their cast, and if someone does, advice is more often rejected than taken. Listen, Dude, who do you think you are, and what are you trying to tell me anyway? Of course, you might book a second, third or umpteenth casting clinic, but that will possibly dig deep into your savings, provided you have any. There are, however, arrangements of mutual benefit. A combination of casting instruction and actually fishing. Especially when it is about refreshing abilities that you have already had. This picture was taken when I was fishing the Ammer with three participants, a perfect win-win situation. All of us had lots of fun.

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The Foundation Of A Successful Cast - A Good Back Cast.


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