Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 4 - 2019

Weekly pictures Archive 2019four


The Weekly pictures archive 2019 part four

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Here is a new weekly picture archive 2019, part four at Fabisch fly fishing. Most posts in this archive will be weekly pictures from Europe and Canada. The Themes are nature, fly fishing or fly tying and panning for gold.

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The Salzach in September, week 37

It was already on Monday that we arrived in Taxenbach. Unfortunately, the week before the area had seen heavy rainfalls so neither fishing nor gold panning were possible. Even the idea to wade in the Salzach without seeing the bottom should be abandoned immediately. Of course, the water level is then higher and anyone stepping into the river is about to jeopardize his life. The Salzach has incredible power, and it is not without reason that 10 hydroelectric power plants have been built on 225 km of its riverbed. What these power plants do to the system´s ecology is another topic.

Fly fishing in muddy water resembles a lottery, especially nymphing. Not only the number of strikes is reduced, but also the number of snags and lost nymphs goes up proportionally. Not to even speak of wading, one false step and down you go! Downstream of Lend there´s enough water in the river to make a round of swimming an activity with a doubtful outcome. Also there is a lot of rafting, which indicates that there is a lot of water going down the river. Anyone panning for gold should always act with caution, because he will also be in full contact with the current.

If the Salzach is high and dirty, wading becomes dangerous

Weekly picture 37 2019

After a few days without precipitation the water will go down, and it will also clear up. So it is a good idea to wait a while before taking up any activity in the river. In the Alps, there are enough other opportunities to pass the time.


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Summer Steelhead 2019, week 39

Some of my friends are already in British Columbia, others will take off in a few days. It´s Steelhead Season for summer run fish. It is too early in the season to judge wether it is going to be a good run or not. It also depends on where you intend to fish. The steelhead down south in the Stamp River on Vancouver Island for instance run later in the year than those in the Skeena much farther North. That is why I rather head for Smithers and Terrace at this time and move to Vancouver Island later.

2018 and 2019 I spent my vacation in the Yukon, and I fished there, too, but this isn´t steelheading, and as far as steelhead are concerned, it feels a bit like cold turkey right now. As I have spent 3 months in the Yukon already this year, another trip to Canada this year is not possible. Therefore I can hardly wait to hear from my friends. I want to know about their steelhead experiences this year, about the situation on the Copper after the rockslides, and much more. If all goes well, I´ll be traveling in BC again next year, fishing for steelhead with nymphs and dries.

A beautiful dolly varden trout

Weekly picture 39 2019

As prices for fishing for steelhead in classified rivers have become almost prohibitive, you might use your time fishing for other species, e.g. dolly vardens, which are delicious, if you know what I mean!


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Changes, week 41

The mobility of mankind keeps growing and growing. Places that were once only accessible with enormous efforts are now accessible by car. It only takes us two days by plane to reach starting points for the most adventurous expeditions, and maybe a guide will even be waiting for us to take us to places unheard of centuries ago. Thus what may have been a hidden paradise can be visited by almost anyone. Why almost? Well, such visits my have an enormous price tag.

There isn´t much to say against this yearning for remote places, if people only behaved adequately. No, I´m not blaming each and everyone, fortunately there are exceptions. Some negative examples: discharging cigarette butts wherever you go, likewise empty glass or plastic bottles or used tippets. List to be continued almost infinitely. No again, I´m not forgetting I myself was on about 50 cigarettes a day in my heyday, and not all of these ended up in ashtrays.

The relationship between human and wildlife is often disturbed

Weekly picture 41 2019

What we should avoid most of all is to harm wildlife of any kind, even by accident. The picture could have been taken just about anywhere. A lady said: Isn´t that sweet! Hasn´t anyone got anything else to feed it?" Sweet - is it, really?


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Fly Casting in Hamburg, week 44

Last weekend I visited two events in the Hamburg area. First I went to Tag der Forelle (Trout Day) in Himmelpforten. The lieu was the local trout lake, where I met three further members of EFFA: Yvonne , Dominik, and Hendrik. Several pavilions had been set up and they saw many fruitful discussions and demonstrations of fishing-related skills. Yvonne demonstrated her tying skills in the Bellyboat Pavilion. Hendrik gave a bellyboat demonstration. Dominic and myself took care of newcomers. It was a mixed event, i.e. all kinds of angling were represented, and we all enjoyed it a lot!

The next day all four of us headed for the fly caster´s meeting in Hamburg. My last visit to this event had been about 15 years ago, so I was rather curious what to expect. In short, the conditions for casting are excellent. There is enough room for for casting one-handed fly rods as well as two-handed spey rods. The casters are standing almost at water level which is very helpful for all casting into water. It is definitely a location that could host many other events. We had lots of fun and we are very grateful to all the people making these events possible for us.

Fly Casting in Himmelpforten

Weekly picture 44 2019

The photograph shows but a small extract of the meeting at Himmelpforten. The visitors came from all parts of the angling world and took interest into all aspects of angling. A very successful event for anyone interested in angling of any kind.


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