Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 3 - 2017

Weekly pictures Archive 2017three


Weekly pictures archive 2017 part three

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The weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing part three 2017. Collected pictures in 2017 - 3 from the areas fly fishing, fly tying and nature. This pictures were taken in Europe, North America including Canada.

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Fly Fishing, OK, But Where???

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Romantic corner at the Wiesent

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Whether a beginner is preparing for his mandatory test (yes, that´s the law in Germany, notwithstanding exceptions for fishers from abroad) to obtain a state fishing permit, looking for equipment in a sporting goods store or in the bar at the end of the day, when it comes to flyfishing, people start bitching about a perceived lack of opportunities to flyfish. Most of us live within about 50 miles from Nuremberg, and while we don´t have fly-fishing rivers coming out of our ears, we suffer no lack of such waters either. Almost all fishing clubs have such fisheries, some of them definitely spectacular ones. Unfortunately in many of them spinning lures are also permitted. But still, our region is blessed with opportunities for fly anglers. Walk a couple miles in any direction, and you´ll probably fall into a good flyfishing spot.

The top rivers in our region are definitely the Pegnitz and the Wiesent. The Wiesent at least is renowned all over Europe. Her tributaries Aufseß, Püttlach, Leinleiter, and Trubach are also very interesting waters for Fly anglers! If you look east towards Regensburg, There are several fisheries by the name of Laber. The Nuremberg Fishing Club holds the Wiesinger Laber, towards the South there´s the Schwarzach, which joins the Altmühl near the town of Kinding. Also, often unnoticed, the Schwabach, flowing all the way from Weissenohe to Erlangen, altogether over 30 km. Bitching about not knowing where to go flyfishing means complaining at top level for no real reason.

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Romantic Scenery On The Wiesent


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The Salzach, Unfishable

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Upper valley of the Krimmler Ache

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We have been moving around the Salzach near Zell am See for six days now. Fortunately our goal was gold panning, not fishing. Current water levels and conditions (high and dirty) keep us from even thinking of flyfishing. Even gold panning is pretty rough with a visibility of less than 1 cm. Daily thunderstorms and several construction sites quench all hope of a better situation. The funny part: 4/5 of the day the weather is quite fine. We´ll have to take care not to get sunburned.

Things being as they were, my wife and I chose to go on an excursion on Tuesday. After driving around to see several valleys, we decided to take a closer look at the Krimmler Achental, and we did so "hardcore". We parked the car in Krimml and then hiked upstream towards the Krimml waterfalls, and beyond them up to the Hölzlahneralm, a steep uphill trail of some 6.5 km. Upstream from the Alm the water looked fishable, a little high and only slightly grey. Worth a try, anyway. For anyone who is not a hardcore athlete, though, I would advise that the best way to access this area would be to take a taxi.

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Upper Valley of the Krimmler Ache


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Fly fishing in Berchtesgaden

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the Königsseer Ache

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Berchtesgaden and its fisheries are among a flyfisher´s dream destintions. Many years ago the German magazine Fliegenfischen featured an article dealing with my flyfishing clinics in Berchtesgaden. These clinics used to start on May 1st, lasting up to six days. Unfortunately, they had to be discontinued for this time of the year after about twelve years. During the first years the water conditions had always been just about perfect around the beginning of May, in later years this season showed more and more problems due to snowmelt/spring runoff, resulting in high and troubled water.

It is about time to re-evaluate the fishing situation on the rivers of this region. My wife and myself have been in Schönau on the Königssee since Monday. For Tuesday, I had bought a permit for The Königssee Ache and the Berchtesgadener Ache. The price of €22.- seems rather moderate. All the beats on this river were fishable then, but conditions have considerably worsened since. We´re expecting a few more members of the Franconian Flyfishers´ Roundtable on Friday, and we´ll see how we can cope with situation. You´ll be able to read all about it by the end of next week on my homepage!

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Fishing Pockets on the Berchtesgadener Ache


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Canada again? Yes, please!

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Lake in West Canada

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Again we have booked our flights and RVs. Again there are some little details to figure out. Will our flies and nymphs be enough for the entire trip, have we packed enough leader material? Before you risk running out of supplies you better get the old vise working and stock a few extra spools of leader material. Those who travel to Canada more frequently usually have friends over there who will stock a few boxes of supplies for them, this way you don´t have to carry rods, waders, and wading boots on each and every flight.

British Columbia, Canada, I´d never thought I´d get such a crush on this country. It´s not just the fishing, it´s the country itself. Vancouver is one hell of a city, but after three or more weeks out in the wilderness, it is almost frightening. It´s these magic moments when you are perfectly at peace with the world. They´re magic, whether you share them with someone else, or whether you enjoy them alone. Magic, like the scene on the photograph, on a lake far away from the next town. Without the light-pollution of nearby human habitation, the night skies are spectacular, and I´m looking forward to it.

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Peace Of Mind, All Around


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Grayling in Alpine Regions

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Fly fishing on the Ammer

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When speaking of Alpine regions, I mean also rivers in Alpine promontories, as e.g. Alz, Ammer, Isar and Loisach as the most prominent rivers, the smaller ones being rivers like Ramsach and Rechtach. These are but a few samples, there are lots of other possibilities in the Allgäu region to fish for grayling. All this is in Germany, but other countries bordering on the Alps also offer excellent fisheries for grayling. The Isar is my personal favorite, and I´ve been fishing it for decades already.

So far, the Isar has given me my largest graying, measuring 58 cm, but the Ramsach/Rechtach watershed has yielded my second largest one - 57 cm. Not the size of the river is most important, but the availability of food. The rivers in the Alps and Alpine promontories yield large stonefly nymphs practically all year long, which lets grayling grow to considerable size. The photograph shows a grayling larger than 50 cm caught fishing the Ammer with friends two weeks ago. We had a real nice weekend!

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Pretty Ammer Grayling Caught on a Nymph


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New Routes in British Columbia

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Town in British Columbia

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Without any doubt the scenery in Western Canada is breathtaking: mountains, small deserts and gorgeous rivers. On your first or second trip to the same destination you can´t absorb enough of all that beauty and stop every few kilometers for another photograph. This goes on for a few years, wearing off only so slightly. Here I am en route from Vancouver to Smithers by car or RV. This ride is 1,150 km long, so one had better plan an overnight stay. I have driven this route more than 30 times, so I like to take a detour once in a while.

The drive up to Smithers may sometimes get a little boring. On the way back I drive through the Coast Mountains, a drive I´ll never get fed up with. When driving up North, you have two alternatives when you reach Hope. Normally I used to continue on Hwy #1 via Lytton and then follow the Thompson River for a while. The alternative is to to take Hwy #5 (aka Coquihalla Hwy) from Hope to Merrit, and then follow Hwy #8 in direction Spences Bridge. This route is barely 50 km longer compared to the normal itinerary.

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The Town of Merrit Seen from Highway #5


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Traveling to British Columbia on a Budget

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British Columbia cheap

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If you look around on the web, you will find airfare to Vancouver for around €650.-, and with some luck you might find an even better price. A Dodge Grand Caravan with 7 seats can presently be found for €995,59 for three weeks starting end of September. This way flight, car, and "housing" come for € 1,650.-, provided you sleep in the car. I have done so repeatedly, for up to four weeks. If you decide to bring your own sleeping bag and air mattress, you will have to add to the above the cost for excess baggage. The price indications above are standard and are not to do with my job at Nuremberg Airport. As long as you travel alone, this will work out fine. For two persons you´ll have to find different arrangements.

This would probably resemble what you see on today´s photograph. I also use a canvas, because it is very uncomfortable (to say the least!) to spend the night in the car together with your wet waders. This way you´ll have to add the price for the tent. It may be cheaper to buy the tent in BC and to give it away after the trip than to carry it over from here. With the help of a good friend I have buried a slightly larger tent in BC - another way of keeping something in stock over there. But I wouldn´t advise you to try this system on your first trip to BC as there´s a lot of things to keep in mind - just think e.g. of bears.

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Prospectors´ Camp on the Fraser


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Going to the Source...

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To the sources of our waters

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Somehow I keep meeting flyfishers fishing in the best of locations, radiating not the serenity of our sport, but agitation and disturbance. It´s been a long and stressful ride to get there, so they have to hurry to get in a few extra hours of fishing before nightfall. After that they practically empty their suitcase while taking a shower, then buzz off to dinner before the kitchen closes. The permits for the next two days, Saturday and Sunday, have already been bought. The idea to start fishing before breakfast is quickly discarded, because Friday has already been stressful enough: get home from work quickly, pack the bare necessities, and finally drive 600 km on the highway...

Sure, that´s exactly what I did in years gone by. I don´t particularly like to remember driving home on Sunday evening after three days of fishing the Gmundner Traun. The sun still warmed the car and I had my third attack of microsleep before I even reached Passau. Today it doesn´t hurt me anymore to skip the fishing for a day, even though I might be in the middle of a beautiful fishing area. What I like to do on those days is follow the waters back to their source. In the Alps, you might find the most beautiful sceneries, like the one on the photograph, the mother of all sources!

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Wherever You Look, Water Coming Down from Everywhere!


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The West Coasts of Canada

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Vancouver Island west coast

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The West Coasts of Canada are part of British Columbia, a.k.a. BC, so why use the plural? Because we shouldn´t forget about Vancouver Island the largest Canadian island west of the North American continent. The island is almost 500 km long, its western coastline being extremely jagged so the length of the coastline is several times the length of the island. The Pacific coastline of the continental part of BC is also very jagged and has fords of more than 100 km length. It is not surprising that neither coastline has practically any roads running parallel to its course.

The main land traffic in North-South-direction runs way inside BC. If you start in Vancouver, you set out directly on the coast. By the time you reach Williams Lake, you´re 450 km from the coast, and over 700 km in Prince George! There are some parts of the road where you might need about 14 hours for 300 km, e.g. from Bella Bella to Prince George. Most of the transport along the coast is done by boat. Be it goods or tourists, most of its transport takes place on the sea, carried by private transport companies of all sizes up to BC Ferries. How come I chose this topic today? Maybe because I´ll fly to Vancouver on the 27th of September

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Gold River on Vancouver Island, 40 km of Fjord to the Open Sea


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