Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 1 - 2019

Weekly pictures Archive 2019one


The Weekly pictures archive 2019 part one

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2019, part one 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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Wintertime

Hard to believe - I feel I have just about finished the first weekly picture for 2018, and here I sit over the first one for 2019. Years ago I wondered why old people mentioned that the time seems to pass more quickly every year. Well, I guess we´ll have to concede that they´re right, and I believe I know one reason for this feeling. The older you get, the more people you know! Time and its passing still remain the same yet, only the number of obligations is growing out of proportion. This gives you the impression that time is moving faster.

Now let´s see what the New Year is about to bring. Many of you will devote their time to fly-tying. Whoever hasn´t yet considered maintenance of their equipment should go about it now! Clean your fly line and apply some fly line dressing. Check your strike indicators and loop-on-junctions and renew if necessary! And, by all means, clean your flyrod - rings and also the parts between the rings which tend to get a little rough which will reduce the shootability of your line. Once you check that, look for any damage on your rings!

Wintertime is care time

Weekly picture 01 2019

Well, let´s see what 2019 brings and let us hope there will be more positive surprises than negative ones. Let´s make the best of the changes we won´t be able to undo anyway. A heartfelt welcome to 2019 to all of you out there! Sincerely Wolfgang


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Hibernation

For this week´s picture I wanted something all up to date. So I hopped into my car, drove to the Wiesent, and looked what was going on. Our temperatures have been below freezing for several days now, so I figured those black birds might show up again. On the other hand, the frost helps to keep varmint down. In short, the number of cormorants I flushed was rather moderate - eight.

If temperatures stay below freezing or drop even further, we have to get ready for larger flocks. Right now, all is quiet along the Wiesent. The trout eggs should have hatched by now. We´ll just leave the hatching boxes in the river for a little while. We haven´t had a lot of sunshine hours lately. The water flow is just about perfect, so there´s no need to hurry.

Wintertime is care time

Weekly picture 04 2019

It is hard to believe, but from March 1st browns will be open and only one month later my yearly flyfishers´ meeting will take place and after May 4th I´ll be on the Yukon for three months, things may start to get stressful.


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The Area of Berchtesgaden

No, the photograph isn´t showing what the countryside around Berchtesgaden looks like right now. Quite to the contrary, even though the main roads are cleared of most of the snow, you better count on obstacles on the back roads and byways. The northern alpine rim has taken loads of snow this winter. The days of spring runoff from mid-April to the end of May will be exciting, too. Even with average snowfall during the winter, the fishing situation will be rather limited. Lake Hintersee and the Königsseer Ache will almost always be fishable even during runoff.

The photograph was taken last year. I had been fishing there with some friends, the first time again for quite a while, although my first time ever fly fishing there was over 35 years ago. After that I had held several flyfishing clinics per year in this beautiful scenery. For a while my wife and I even discussed moving there. Unfortunately we couldn´t make it come true. My electronics repair shop had a contract to repair all video recorders of Baur Burgkunstadt (then a big mailorder shop) from all over Germany, so moving was out of the question.

Wintertime is care time

Weekly picture 05 2019

Today I think the countryside around Berchtesgaden is among the most beautiful Germany has to offer. Non fishing family members will not be bored at any time. There are loads of discoveries to be made and on top of it you only have a few kilometers to Salzburg, one of Austria´s most beautiful cities.


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The Yukon, Pelly Crossing

As previously announced, I will from time to time indicate that my fly fishing shop will only run on a sort of emergency mode during my absence from early May through early August. Normal orders will be shipped once or twice per month. You may inquire for more details until the end of April. Three or four of us will be traveling in the Yukon. Most of the time we will be working the claims we have staked out last year, but fly fishing will also be part of the program.

Other than the fishing I usually do, we plan to catch arctic grayling and other salmonids to supplement our diet while we are up there. We´ll get licenses for the entire year and will devote our attention especially to the small print as far as harvesting fish for consumption is concerned. We´ll see about the salmon supposed to reach Dawson by mid June to end June. After all, the distance from the river mouth to Dawson is over 2000 km. Wonder what that is doing to the salmon. We´ll just have to wait and see how we will be doing in one of the toughest jobs there is.

Pelly Crossing on the Pelly River

Weekly picture 06 2019

The spot and the area shown on the photograph is called Pelly Crossing. From there to Dawson City there are only 250 km remaining. The ride from Vancouver to here is 2700 km, and most of it goes through scenery practically without human habitation.


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A Short Excursion into Alaska

The claims we have staked in the Yukon to work on this summer are rather close to Alaska. So the idea to take a little trip to Alaska was obvious. The next town in Alaska is called Chicken, and is well known among prospectors. Only you can´t just make up your mind and head for the road. To get to the border crossing, you´ll have to take the Top of The World Highway, and to access this highway you´ll have to take the ferry. The ferry will run only after the ice on the Yukon breaks, so the border crossing is not accessible in winter. So, better check before you leave if your trip is feasible.

The crossing is open 7 days a week from 08 a.m. to 08 p.m.. The border guards are very friendly and will help you to the best of their ability, even in case the ESTA for the USA is missing. The ride to Chicken is only 70 km, but it may take you two hours anyway. The first few kilometers are tar macadam, but then the going gets rougher, and there are some really big trucks on that road. Moreover, the scenery is gorgeous and you have to watch out for all kinds of wildlife!

Pelly Crossing on the Pelly River

Weekly picture 07 2019

When you reach Chicken, there´s a giant sign directing you to Downtown Chicken. Well, what you see on the photograph is 80% of Downtown Chicken! Don´t plan on buying lots of provisions! The next town is Tok, maybe we´ll check that out this year.


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Anticipation is the Greatest Joy

Finally the time of waiting has passed. Starting Friday, March 1st 2019, the season for brown trout is legally open again. Most clubs have postponed the opening until May 1st, when also grayling will be open again. The browns are still rather skinny so early in the year, and also they are mostly full of leaches. Anyway, it makes sense to take your flyrod and do a little casting on the river, without the diehard intention of catching fish.

If everything went as planned, March 4th should be my last day working on Nuremberg´s airport. But Murphy´s law struck again: last Thursday I had wanted to have a long overdue molar in my maxilla removed. Normally that would have left me 7 days to get back in shape, but unfortunately it didn´t turn out this way. An emergency operation on Friday morning involving opening the maxillary sinus and searching same for one of the roots of my molar, which had broken off during the operation. What can go wrong, will!

nice steelhead on a flyrod at the copper river

Weekly picture 09 2019

It will be a while yet before we can play salmonids in the 10-kg-category like the one on the photograph, but we may as well enjoy the anticipation. Be careful, though: the higher your expectations, the bigger your disappointment if they fail to come true.


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Velden on the Pegnitz

Velden on the Pegnitz was where I started my fly fishing school many years ago. The first clinic in 2019 will start a week from now and in four weeks our annual fly fishing meeting will start at "Gasthof Traube". After the meeting Things are going to turn busy. I´ll have but one week to pack my bags for my trip to Canada. Usually no problem at all, but this time the trip will take three months and will be mostly about prospecting for gold. I am sure it will be a wonderful adventure, as far as success in prospecting is concerned, we´ll have to wait and see.

During my absence the shop will remain in operation, only deliveries will be limited to two days per month. A big thank you to my wife and my sister for keeping things running, and to my customers for their patience. Communication should not be a problem in Yukon, whether we get a mobile satellite phone or go to Dawson on weekends, where WLAN with acceptable speeds is available. If we have the time, we will also inform you about how we are doing there during our stay.

Annual meeting of Fabisch Fly Fishing in Velden, Germany

Weekly picture 13 2019

The photograph was taken on this year´s annual meeting of the mayor of Velden with local flyfishers. Fortunately I may attend even though I don´t live in Velden.


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