Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 4 - 2018

Weekly pictures Archive 2018four


Weekly pictures archive 2018 part four

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Weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing 2018 part four. 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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Fishing Dry Flies in July

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Browntrout with dryfly

Weekly picture KW 31 2018

Temperatures have been rather high this July, and so they have been over a long period of time. The thermometer frequently passes 30°C before noon, and 37°C in the afternoon. Some smaller rivers in Franconia already suffer from lack of water. The Pegnitz, which is among Franconias larger rivers, suffers from "harvesting" by several regional water works, which could cause a critical shortage without much warning. Unfortunately, nature has to get in line behind man, even at the risk of collapsing.

Water levels in the Wiesent aren´t encouraging either, as several ditches tap its water to irrigate farmland. Despite it all I have been lucky enough to fish a very nice evening hatch last week. In the beginning, a little buck caddis worked very well. Besides several small trout I got a very nice brown. Later in the evening I should have changed to a somewhat larger pattern. I didn´t, because I had already had some problems tying on the first one. I guess I better take my glasses along next time.

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While I was playing my nice fish, I goofed a little and let my fish swim through the floating flyline. All went well though, and the fish didn´t get hurt but escaped in the last second.


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Weekly picture KW 32 2018

There are some stretches of the Ammer where you may obtain a day´s permit to fish on your own, and some others where you need to be accompanied by one of the local club´s members. It isn´t always easy to get someone you may not know to accompany you. Once you succeed, you have a chance to spend some very enjoyable hours on this river. Some spots, however, may turn out to put your physical fitness to a test. To get from one point of access to the next, you may have to climb - and descend - 100 meters. Some stretches will even remain inaccessible.

Some nice pools can only be accessed in waders in low water conditions. Not very many anglers go through all that trouble, and this is just why some very good fish can be expected there. As long as there is direct sunlight on the water in daytime, the fish will stay on the bottom, which makes nymphs your weapon of choice. Around dusk and during the evening hours both trout and grayling will feed actively on the surface. These fish may reach trophy size! I have two preferred patterns for this kind of fishing: the Buck Caddis and Irresistibles in grey or brown.

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A good rainbow trout is subdued after a good fight; unfortunately this fish, too, escaped right after I took the picture. By the way: Golden Retrievers love water and will play with any living being inside it. Make sure to keep them at bay!.


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Berchtesgaden, Waters in Abundance

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The Obersee

Weekly picture KW 34 2018

It was in the Eighties that I started casting clinic weeks in Berchtesgaden and today this beautiful corner of Germany is still worth a trip! The fishing isn´t exactly easy, but there is still the chance to catch an extraordinary fish. The fly-only-waters alone amount to a total of more than 20 km. On top of that come three lakes, Lake Königssee, Lake Obersee, and Lake Hintersee - all three of them with an impressive water-quality and lots of fish.

But, as always, where there is a lot of light, there is also lots of shadows. The drawback with the rivers is that a shower of the stronger kind will reduce the length of fishable water to about 4.5 km. The only one of the three lakes where permits can be obtained is Lake Hintersee. Neither Lake Königssee nor Lake Obersee are accessible to anglers. This area is always worth a visit, though, because it offers much more than just fishing, but also the scenery and the Great Outdoors. It´s a unique combination.

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Our picture shows Lake Obersee and the Fischunkelalm at the upper end of the lake. The scenery around the lake is unbelievable, the water quality is A+. Just around the corner there is the Röthbachfall - a waterfall dropping from a height of 470 m. Too bad no fishing permits can be obtained!


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Time to Get Going Again

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Typical river in BC, Canada

Weekly picture KW 35 2018

The best time to start your fishing trip to British Columbia is around the middle or end of September. This time is determined by the fish we want to catch: Steelhead! Steelhead are anadromous (sea-run) rainbow trout which may reach enormous sizes, depending on their native rivers. Why is their place of birth of importance? There are rivers where smolts head out to the sea at the age of 2. In other rivers, e.g. the Kispiox, smolts spend 4 years. When they arrive in the sea, they can handle much larger prey.

This way they gain weight much faster and grow to larger sizes. The Babine is another one of these rivers. Whereas a steelhead of 25 pounds is a top fish in the Bulkley, your nymph or fly might hook a fish 10 pounds heavier in the Kispiox. Anyway, the point is that any steelhead regardless of size has to be hooked first of all. Any kind of fly fishing has its own charm, be it dry or wet, fished dead drift or on the swing. Any of our methods has its moment. Patience is a prerogative, though.

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To all anglers going to BC to fly fish for steelhead: I wish you lots of wonderful moments on the water. The numbers of fish running up the rivers are exceptionally great! Unfortunately I won´t be around this season for the first time in over 25 years. See you again next year, maybe.


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Traveling in Western Canada

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Cool lodge for overnight stay

Weekly picture KW 37 2018

There is a reason I´m writing about Western Canada - I haven´t yet traveled in Eastern Canada. My personal knowledge of Canada is limited to British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta. That of the US to Washington State and Oregon. As long as you´re not traveling as a backpacker, you have two options. Either you use an RV, which makes you practically independent, or you use a car and the accommodation you find on your way. Either option has its advantages and maybe some drawbacks.

As a matter of fact, an RV is hard to beat. Being able to stop where you choose is a major advantage. Whether you stop for lunch or for the night doesn´t make much of a difference. Once you have arranged all your belongings in the RV´s numerous closets and drawers, you needn´t pack again until you fly back. Why would you consider a car, then? For once, a car consumes only about one third of the fuel an RV would need. A car may be able to handle roads an RV won´t. Finding accommodation, on the other hand, has never been a problem. There are lots of motels and other alternatives.

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Whether in Vancouver or way out yonder, there is always accommodation available. So the choice is entirely up to the traveler. RV or car, none of these is really wrong, and that´s the good news


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Fly Fishing on Lake Finkausee

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Fly fishing on the mountain lake

Weekly picture KW 38 2018

Lake Finkausee is part of the fisheries managed by Gasthof Bräurup and is among the westernmost of their waters. After picking up your permit in Mittersill, you take Bundesstraße 165 in western direction. When you reach the village Wald, you have two options to get to Lake Finkausee: either you continue in direction Krimml on a toll road charging € 9.50 or you turn right in Wald on a toll-free road. When asking about this road at a gas-station in Krimml I was told that my car would not very likely get through undamaged on the toll-free road!

The road toll is valid for one day in either direction. We used the toll road on the way up and the toll-free road on the way down. The car is still OK, in short, the info I got at the gas station was rubbish. The fishing is fly only, and there is grayling, trout and char waiting for anglers. We fished from belly boats in the morning, and from the banks in the afternoon. We fished both dries and nymphs successfully. The number of fish caught was not very exciting, probably due to lots of runoff from the glacier because of the summer heat.

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Meeting on belly boats was an idea of my friend and colleague Claus Elmenreich. The number of fish caught from the boat equaled that of fish caught from the bank. Wonderful scenery, even though you´re not very likely have it to yourself!


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