Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 2 - 2018

Weekly pictures Archive 2018two


Weekly pictures archive 2018 part two

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2018 part two weekly picture archive at Fabisch Fly Fishing. Here 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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Beginning the season on the Wiesent

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Seasonstart on the Wiesent

Weekly picture 09 2018

The Wiesent is in Upper Franconia and thus has regulations that differ slightly from those of Middle Franconia. So grayling are closed in Middle Franconia from January 1st through April 30th, in Upper Franconia from December 1st through April 30th - all the better for Upper Franconia´s grayling. There are also often differences between privately owned stretches and those that issue day permits. Waters where day permits may be obtained often close longer than the minimum required by law.

There are beats that are open to fishing only from May 1st to September 30th and closed the entire rest of the year. If you own the fishing rights for a particular stretch you can fish whenever the season for the species you target is not closed by law, but it may be advisable to refrain from fishing anyway. On March 1st the season for brown trout has officially opened, but the fish are still staying very deep, they´re very slim and full of leeches. Their situation is bound to improve rapidly as soon the weather gets better. I wish you all a wonderful season in 2018!

Presently the scenery is still shades of grey, but the plants will catch up as soon as the weather gets better. All the brown trout have hatched but, when wading, think of the grayling and take care to stay out of their spawning areas.


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The Mouth of the Oyster River on Vancouver Island

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The Oyster river mouth

Weekly picture 10 2018

The mouth of the Oyster on Vancouver Island is situated slightly more than 20 km south of the town of Campbell River. The Oyster runs into the Strait of Georgia that separates Vancouver Island and the continent. Immediately south, adjacent to the Oyster´s mouth, you find Pacific Playgrounds, a little resort with an RV-park, a little marina and a few little cottages which tourists can rent. One km to the north you find Salmon Point, which has an excellent seafood restaurant.

The area of the Oyster´d mouth offers several highlights for fly fishers. For one there is flyfishing for king salmon jacks. Jacks are male fish that have spent one winter less at sea than the youngest females of their species. King salmon jacks weight between 5 and 10 pounds and are lots of fun on a seven weight fly rod. You may also flyfish for Coho on the beach using little silver colored streamers. Just look for surface activity and cast your fly where you find it.

Coho fishing starts just around the bend on the left side of the photograph. In some places you can wade as far as 80 m into the sea. Please keep in mind that you´re fishing in a tidal zone and water levels will change! The mountains on the continent are unfortunately not really visible on the photograph due to haze.


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Fly fishing Clinics on the Pegnitz

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Fly fishing clinics in Velden on the Pegnitz

Weekly picture 11 2018

Starting in April, I will be offering flyfishing clinics on the Pegnitz again. First we´ll have our annual reunion on the 12th through 15th of April, and the first clinic in 2018 will start the week after. For two years I have been offering these clinics taking turns between a 2-day-clinic in April and a 2-1/2-day-clinic in May, etc. Both clinics follow the same program, only the 2-day-clinic runs two hours longer on Sunday. This caters to clients who are not able to start on Fridays.

As you can see on the photograph, vegetation is still rather drab in April. Well, for once this makes it somewhat easier to swing a flyrod, on the other side it doesn´t provide much cover for anglers. Both will change in time during the season. These clinics are always designed to enable participants to find their own ways on the river. We also teach a little entomology and in April and May we show the nymphs of the famous Green Drake (Ephemera Danica). Starting in June, they will start to hatch, and only smaller specimens will still be available as nymphs.

The Pegnitz has to offer everything flyfishers might be looking for. Some spots are easy to access, others have considerable obstacles, especially for your backcasts, then some are almost inaccessible. Enjoy the clinic, and have fun fishing!


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Something Different for a Change - Looking Forward to Holidays

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Soon it will be vacation again

Weekly picture 12 2018

Some people have the most wonderful holidays only 100 km from their home, others fly across the world to hike in drizzling rain for weeks. When planning a vacation, distance doesn´t matter at all. As with a lot of other things: looking forward to it is the very best part. The toughest of my own experiences was when I started my trips to Canada. I had 21 days off, 18 of which had rain all day long! Reading this, one might wonder what a lousy kind of vacation this may have been. But living through it...

This year´s vacation starts rather early, to be precise 6 weeks from now. From Nuremberg via Amsterdam to Vancouver, not for the first time. Then I´ll drive a heavy SUV to Whitehorse, where a large motorhome will be waiting for me. From there I´ll spend a few weeks between Whitehorse and Dawson looking for a claim where I might do some prospecting for gold next year. As I have so far never fished the Yukon, I´ll bring a flyrod for sure. The fishing license for the year is supposed to cost around € 30.-.

I´m very curious about the Yukon. It is about the wildest region to be found in Canada, so maybe I´ll get to shoot some real nice photographs.Up there, however, you should use even more caution outdoors than farther south.


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The New Mouth of the Rhine into Lake Constance

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the Rhine mouth

Weekly picture 13 2018

If you keep asking, you may be able to drive pretty close to the new mouth of the Rhine into Lake Constance. But even then you´ll have to walk another 30 minutes until you have Lake Constance in full view. It will take another 2 hours to get to the end of the channel forming the mouth of the Rhine. In its vicinity you will find several sites concerned with the extraction of gravel. Supposedly the extraction of gravel will also lead to some extraction of gold.

The trout of Lake Constance will grow to enormous sizes, this goes for lake-run browns as well as rainbows, locally called Lake-Constance- steelhead. Better conditions for lake-run browns have only been created when they were almost facing extinction. Twice, I have had the opportunity to fish the Rhine near the mouth of the Ill. The fish I caught were very pretty, but none of the famous "monsters" took my fly.

These barges with their washing plants for gravel remind you of TV-Specials about the gold rush in Alaska. As the Rhine is carrying some gold, I suppose it will yield some of it in these operations. All I can say is "Glückauf" (a traditional greeting among German miners)!


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The Northern Alpine Rim

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Northern Alpine Rim

Weekly picture 14 2018

Early this week I had an appointment near Salzburg. On my way I had the opportunity to take this photograph of the Northern Alpine Rim from the Irschenberg. It was early in the morning so the colors are not deeply saturated. The Northern Alps hold the sources of many exceptional salmonid waters, I´ll mention a few examples of rivers in Germany. In the very East the Salzach forms the border between Austria and Germany. Then there is the Saalach, also coming out of Austria. In between you find the Berchtesgadener Ache and farther west the Red Traun and the White Traun.

Next comes the Tiroler Ache; its spring is in Austria and it runs into Lake Chiemsee. This makes for 8 major rivers within 80 km, not counting the smaller ones. Almost all of these rivers can be fished if you purchase a day permit, provided they´re fishable at all. If you take a look at all the snow that is still up in the mountains, you can figure out the dimension of spring runoff due as soon as temperatures rise a little further. A coiuple of years ago spring runoff in Berchtesgaden was due roughly from Mid-April to the end of May, but - as always - give and take a few weeks.

If possible, start your fishing season before spring runoff. Once that starts, the rivers may not be fishable for weeks. This would take us back to fly-tying - sorry for that, I was just trying to be funny!


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Looking Good?

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Ephemera Danica

Weekly picture 16 2018

As I offer fly fishing classes on both the Pegnitz and the Wiesent, people keep asking me about the difference between these rivers, if any. First of all there are many factors that are identical for both rivers. Both of them are chalkstreams, and both have a plentiful supply of water from subterranean caverns. Although I haven´t initiated any chemical tests I still believe that the water quality is just about equal. When it comes to quantity, things are different - the Wiesent is way ahead of the Pegnitz.

As if to make things even harder for the Pegnitz, enormous quantities of water are being "harvested" from the Pegnitz. Once the pumps are being turned on, you can watch the water level fall as far as 20 cm. Along the shores a lot of what is supposed to be the river bottom runs dry, and millions of nymphs, scuds, and other food sources for trout and grayling die along the whole length of the river. What is happening is a stinking shame! The Wiesent has always been ahead of the Pegnitz as far as food sources for salmonids are concerned, but the Pegnitz keeps falling back farther and farther. If rivers could scream, you´d need hearing protection in the Pegnitz valley.

A good handful of sediment out of the Wiesent is bursting with life. The number of green drake nymphs promises a top green drake season. Check out my Youtube video on the mayflies of the Wiesent! By the way: all the larvae on the picture are immersed in water.


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