Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 5 - 2018

Weekly pictures Archive 2018 five


Weekly pictures archive 2018 part five

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Weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing 2018 part five. 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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On the Bregenzer Ache

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Fly fishing on the Ache

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On Saturday, September 22nd, examinations for certified EFFA instructors were held in Diepoldsau, and I had the privilege to act as examiner. A few fellow EFFA members and myself decided to profit from that meeting by fishing the Bregenzer Ache on the day before the examination. We met at Claus Elmenreic´s home in Egg, and drove together to the Ache. Claus can also supply information as to obtaining permits and to regulations applying for this fishery.

Unfortunately the water conditions were extremely low, like on most waters in Germany, too. We decided we´d best fish any deep spots, as spotting trout was very difficult under these circumstances. We caught a few trout, although mostly rather small ones, the largest ones measuring around 30 cm. The brown trout show beautiful colors, and they are all wild ones, spawned in the Ache or its tributaries.

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The photograph shows me fishing a nymph in a rather deep pool. Looking at it you might believe stories telling of trout beyond 50 or even 60 cm in this river. So it wasn´t a big surprise that I caught my biggest trout of this day in this very spot.


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A Fabisch Pool on the Copper?

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the Fabisch pool at the Copper river

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The Copper River is one of the highlights of any fly fishing tour in British Columbia. Unfortunately, it is subject to West Coast weather which means it is frequently stricken by heavy rainfalls. It would be over-optimistic to think you could fish the copper on five out of ten visits. In favorable conditions, however, you may count on excellent fly fishing! Now how come that a pool on this river might be known as Fabisch pool?

Some Canadians still know me from the time I was operating a wholesale fly fishing equipment dealership in BC. You keep meeting people and many a time the conversation is about fish caught. As a matter of fact 80% of the steelhead over 20 pounds I ever caught were caught on the Copper. Apparently, the word goes around. Presently the future of this part of the Copper is imprevisible. Last year the pool was half-filled with boulders, and this year it´s supposed to be even worse.

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This photograph of 2017 still shows some deep spots within the pool whereas this year you can easily wade across to the opposite bank, so I have been told. Should the pool really be so full of rocks, it may take years before it holds fish again.


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Casting a Nymph with a Fly Rod

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Casting with a nymph

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My first couple of years of fly fishing I spent casting dries only. Even when I took my first trip to the Gmundner Traun and followed up taking three trips a year to that destination, I stuck to dry flies. Why change a winning system - I managed to hook lots of good fish. I switched to nymphs after meeting Frank de la Porte. He fished nymphs extremely well and could thus bridge the times when no fish were rising to the surface.

What makes casting nymphs so different from casting dry flies? First of all you should be aware of the fact that you might easily break your rod with a nymph. If your dry fly hits the rod in a cast, there isn´t a problem. In case the same thing happens with a bead head nymph, you may have a problem! Your timing has to be next to perfect with a weighted nymph. Any sloppiness in your cast or backcast will be punished immediately. It is not enough to wait until your line is stretched out, but you´ll have to wait for your leader, too. Leader lengths may vary greatly in nymph fishing - better keep that in mind!

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When nymph fishing, do not attempt to cast very tight loops! On the photograph I´m fishing a leader of 6 m length. The longest leader I ever fished was 12 m on Lake Hintersee near Berchtesgaden. When I did that, I soon had lots of elbow room because my fellow anglers distrusted my abilities. When fishing weighted nymphs, please pay attention to your health and the health of your neighbors!


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Is This Already Autumn?

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It is autumn on the Salzach

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Somehow I get the impression we´ve already had six months of summer this year. We´ve been well grilled this year, with a few short intermissions. Now finally temperatures start to decrease a bit. What we are still waiting for is precipitation. Rivers, creeks and brooks are almost dry and if rain falls at all, it turns out to be torrential and all the water runs off somewhere. The soil is parched and cannot absorb much water, so you get flooding in other places, destruction and even deaths in some cases.

Somehow this year doesn´t fit my expectations at all. As I´ve been used to visiting Canada in fall, this year´s visit to the Yukon Territory and Alaska in May and June was quite a new experience: almost 24 hours of daylight; you leave the pub a 2 a.m. and it feels like 2 p.m.. It takes an effort not to get confused! As far as the weather is concerned, we are told to expect more of the like in the future. Great! Already there is a reduction of the jet stream, which accounts for longer flight times going east from Western Canada to Europe.

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Fortunately there are still some places where nature acts more or less like it has done in the last decades. I took the photo an early October morning on the Salzach. I had slept in the car and the night had been very cold, but still I have enjoyed my couple of days off very much.


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Last Resort - a Roll Cast?

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A roll cast as a means of choice

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Of course we all enjoy watching casting demonstrations at fly fishing fairs, shows and the like. 30 m casts like they were shot from a pistol, straight as an arrow and even the leader perfectly straight, a cast like right out of a fly fisher´s dream. I enjoy showing off casts like that, too, as spectators enjoy seeing them. The question is, however, how often will you be fishing at this sort of distance? Next question: how often do you catch fish at these distances? Aren´t most fish caught within 15 yards?

There are some exceptions where you would fish that length of line, but mostly it is necessary to prepare a good drift, e.g. on the Gmundner Traun in Austria or fishing for steelhead with nymphs in Canada. Just fishing near our homes it seems more important to get your dry fly or nymph to your targeted fish even though there is practically no room for a back cast. Particularly on small rivers the roll cast is probably the most frequently used cast of all. If you pick the right dry fly, you may able to present it several times to your prey.

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Our photograph shows the perfect situation for a roll cast. My friend Bernd on the Pegnitz with his back to the wall. Last resort may be saying a bit too much, but if I had to chose only one cast to use in the future, I´d certainly pick the roll cast!


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Big Hatch on the Salzach

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Massive hatch of mayflies

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It was a few months ago on the Salzach that I took the photograph below but only now I happened to see it again. Anyway, I´d like to show it to visitors of my weekly picture page. The reason for my visit to the Salzach had not been flyfishing for a change. I guess most of you realize that I have lately taken time off to do a little gold panning. I even have a few claims to my name on the Salzach.

If you spend much time on a river without fishing, this leaves a lot of room for exploring nature without fishing pressure. Over the last eight years I´ve seen lots of things you´d have a hard time believing. Unfortunately you frequently either don´t have your camera on you when things do happen or else they happen so quickly they´re over by the time you get ready to shoot. Here I watched a massive hatch of mayflies, unfortunately in the worst weather.

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It was so windy lots of mayflies were blown back down on the water, some even before their wings had dried. On top of that it rained hard so it took me quite a while before I even realized a hatch was on.


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Nature, You, and the Grizzly

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Strong Grizzly on Horsrfly River

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Isn´t it great to have friends, especially when they´re not around when you need them? I´m talking about my friend Lou, a very nice guy and a member of the First Nations. He knows his way in the outdoors and also the dos and don´ts in any given situation in the wilderness. This day we had been fishing on the Horsefly River. After a while he said he´d go ahead and I could follow along any time I felt like it. He had been gone hardly ten minutes when this grizzly came to the river on the far bank, my first grizzly.

They say you´ll never forget the first time. Things went well, but my nerves were pretty tight. Anyone who might get into an encounter with a grizzly should be informed about his options. I had met black bears many times, but a grizzly is still another dimension. Running away is no option, it will just wet his appetite. Don´t try climbing any trees unless their diameter is above 30 cm.

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So, what can you do when you face a bear in the wilderness? Pull yourself together and keep your cool! Don´t ever look him in the eye, but keep track of how, and where he moves! Try to slowly!! increase the distance. Remember, the bear is not looking for your company!


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Fishing in Difficult Terrain

If you are moving through extremely difficult terrain with your flyrod, there are a few things you should keep in mind.No matter how careful you move, a misstep can always happen. The photograph shows a river that looks like that over about 10 km. Even a sprained ankle makes it very, very hard to get back into civilization. Seems like a good idea to make sure someone knows where you´re heading. Good as this idea is, there are a few points you should take into consideration.

In many parks in British Columbia it is mandatory to inform a ranger or the RCMP about your tour - where you intend to go and by what time you expect to be back. These parks are huge and it is easy to get lost in them. Even without any injury it may be essential that someone comes looking after you if you´re overdue. The searches in that case are very thorough and also costly. So if you make it home, don´t forget to report back! Otherwise you might have to face an enormous bill!

Here in Canada, an ankle is sprained quickly

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It is not my intention to give you more unsolicited advice than you can stomach. After all, 99% of the people getting in trouble are grown up and fully responsible for their actions. Just don´t forget about safety, so you can enjoy my weekly picture page for many more years!


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The End of Fly fishing in 2018?

No, of course not! In Upper Franconia, however, fly fishing for salmonids is closed from December 15th on. In Middle Franconia fishing goes on until the end of December. In other Areas in Germany there may still be different regulations in effect. Let´s give the fish the time and the leisure to concentrate on spawning. For us fishers, the next chore is stocking fertilized eggs (in Whitlock/Vibert-Boxes) in our rivers. Then comes stocking live fish, and deciding which sizes and quantities will be adequate.

Staying on the Northern hemisphere and looking around a little, we can still find some activities connected to fly fishing. Right around the corner, south of us, they´re already busy honing their hooks to flyfish for Huchen (Hucho Hucho). Temperatures below freezing point are considered favorable. A bit farther towards the West, in Western Canada, the hunt for winter run Steelhead is at its peak. Over there, there are more than a few degrees below freezing, though. On our coast on the North Sea or the Baltic Sea, diehard flyfishers go after sea run brown trout.

End of Flyfishing in 2018

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In case you find winter fishing at freezing temperatures too stressful, look forward to next year´s spring season and pass the time tying flies, remembering this year´s best days, and hoping for even better days next year. Hoping for crystal clear creeks and rivers full of active fish, and all that without the draughts we´ve seen this year.


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Christmas Melancholy

A few days ago I decided to visit a good friend in Wunsiedel. It is only a 100 km drive so I could deliver a few items in time for Christmas. As I wasn´t in a hurry I drove on country roads instead of the Autobahn. Route B2 passes the town of Pegnitz. For over 35 years I have been a member in the fishing club of the county. I have had unforgettable moments with a flyrod there, but also my life´s very saddest day of all. On the first of May 1982 my family, my girlfriend and I were sitting at the dinner table at noon.

My father and I agreed to meet on the Pegnitz to fish at 3 p.m. Before I took off for Pegnitz my girlfriend and I had to to meet with her parents. I thought I´d catch up the time we spent there by more or less reckless driving, still I was a few minutes late. The photograph shows the place were we had agreed to meet. When we got there, my father had already passed away a few minutes ago. Heart attack, dropped dead after a few casts, game over. Even now, decades later, I feel the sting inside whenever I visit this place.

A little melancholy

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If you look around these days, you see couples that despise each other, friends that stop talking to one another, etc. etc. Maybe this Christmas is the time to try and fix what can be fixed, sometime it will be too late! I wish you all happy holidays, and may all your wishes come true! Kind regards, Wolfgang.


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