Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 4 - 2019

Weekly pictures Archive 2019four

The Weekly pictures archive 2019 part four


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.



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.


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!


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?


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.


Quiet Days in the Northern Alps, week 45

Last weekend I headed in quite a different direction than the weekend before. Whereas I went to the region near Hamburg almost two weeks ago, I wanted to visit the area near Zell am See. My Touran still functions as a mini-RV, so staying overnight is never a problem. I have a space covering a length of 2 m and a width of 69 to 80 cm in the back of the car. On this space I spread a thermo-mattress and a huge knitted blanket, and finally my sleeping bag. If necessary, I can still wrap myself into the blanket.

Thus equipped, temperatures up to -5° C pose no problem whatsoever. I went to the Salzach to try a few new things at gold panning. Meeting a group of other prospectors served to considerably enhance my knowledge. It is good to find out that even though you have thoroughly studied a subject for many years there is still room for new experiences and understanding. Of course there are always contemporaries who know (and can do) absolutely everything, but I prefer the other kind. The best is a situation where both sides learn and profit from each other.

The northern Tauern very early in the morning

Weekly picture 45 2019

The photograph was taken early one morning in the Northern Tauern Range. The calm and the serenity invite you to let your soul rest and roam at the same time. No stress, no hurry, nothing you might miss. I wish you all such a good morning!


...And Nature Will Do Whatsoever..., week 49

This weekly picture makes reference to the one I uploaded two weeks ago. As I mentioned, I had a good many opportunities to learn. As far as some working routines were concerned, I had my own ideas I wanted to test soon. The last time I had visited the Salzach, the water levels in the river and its tributaries had been ultra low, so I happily took off for my second visit on Friday around 8 p.m.. I reached Inzell after roundabout 2 hours 30 minutes. Time enough for a nap. Three hours later I went on to Taxenbach.

There I slept for another two hours before shopping victuals for breakfast. Well stocked, I finally reached the Salzach. One look was enough to kill any hopes of trying anything whatsoever on or near the water. I had picked the very weekend that the Gasteiner Valley had been hit with landslides and heavy floods had taken place all around, e.g. in Zell am See. While I had been driving in the dark I had not noticed anything. That changed considerably on my drive back home, which I started right after breakfast. Giant floods everywhere, and the Saalach, too, way over its normal riverbed.

Here the Salzach is out of whack

Weekly picture 49 2019

The water level you see on the photograph was about 1.2 meters higher than two weeks before. When nature starts grumbling, it may start what we experience as catastrophe, so we better not get her really angry!


The Lillach in Franconia, week 52

It has been a few years since I first introduced the Lillach to you. The old picture only showed a few of the tufa barriers the Lillach is famous for. Now you see a larger part with a lot more of these barriers. The Lillach is situated in the region known as "Fränkische Schweiz" (literally: Franconian Switzerland), near the little town Weissenohe, which is alongside highway B2. The "Fränkische Schweiz", aka Fränkische Alb or Franconian Jura has many natural caves. Practically all streams and rivers are chalkstreams, the most famous of them being the Wiesent and the Pegnitz.

Tufa barriers are not only formed by the Lillach, but also by other streams in the area. The picture shows a stretch less than 1 km from the source. Unfortunately, the area from which the Lillach draws her water is rather small. So in hot summers her flow is reduced down to a trickle, next to nothing at all. Just upstream from Weissenohe there is a fish hatchery which will also suffer from water shortages in hot summers. Near the source of the Lillach you also find some rare damselflies, mayflies, and caddis, which will also suffer during times of water shortage.

Here the Lillach in Frankonia

Weekly picture 52 2019

These tufa barriers are not very large, but to see bigger ones, you´ll have to ride quite a few kilometers. The most famous ones are found in Plitvice, Croatia, and in Pamukkale, Turkey.


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