Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 1 - 2020

Weekly pictures Archive 2020one

The Weekly pictures archive 2020 part one


Here is a new weekly picture archive 2020, part one 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.



Flyfishing on the Doubs, week 03

Right now is a quiet time, as far as flyfishing is concerned, this leaves us time to talk a bit about the good old times. It has been fifteen years now that a group of EFFA members visited the Doubs in Switzerland. Well, only one bank of the Doubs is Swiss, the opposite bank is French. This also implies that the regulations differ considerably depending from which side you are fishing. While the Swiss side allows only flyfishing, anglers on the other bank are using floats, worms, maggots, and what have you. The size limit also is considerably smaller in France.

Despite the differences in regulations no hostilities have taken place between the two nations so far. Our success in fishing the Doubs was rather limited then. Even today no spectacular results have been reported from the Doubs. Our group had consisted of more than ten certified instructors and master instructors, no newbies among them. The fishing pressure on the Doubs, however, is considerable. Even fish you could see well refused almost any fly or nymph presented to them. The surroundings are indeed exquisite, maybe we should give it another try sometimes.

Fly fishing on the Doubs from the Swiss side

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The mill you see in the background of the photograph had been rented by us for accommodation, this included two persons taking care of our meals. The scenery and the river valley were also extremely beautiful


The Bulkley River in Spring, week 07

I usually visit the area of the Bulkley River in September and October. The last two years I drove by in spring, on my way to prospecting activities in the Yukon. Of course, the entire scenery is looking completely different in spring, as compared to fall. While the snowline is slowly moving downhill in fall, the mountains are packed with snow in spring. The nights can still be quite cold, especially near mountains.

The main tributary of the Bulkley is the Morice River. As a matter of fact it is identical with the Bulkley and just changes name along the way. It runs out of Morice Lake which is situated in a mountainous area, so moderate rains do not affect the water´s clarity. If, however, spring runoff starts and rain falls on the snow, things are going to change considerably. In this case, the river turns into a real monster. I´ve seen a few high water situations there, but those in spring are real scary. The river is completely unfishable and any attempt to wade in there might turn out fatal.

Fly fishing on the Bulkley is not possible here

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At 80 or 100 m3/h the fishing is great, and a little more water may improve the upstream run of anadromous fish. The Bulkley on the photograph is running at approximately 1,000 m3/h in Telkwa in the spring of 2018!


Vancouver - City of Dreams, week 08

Most people who hear the name of Vancouver will think of this city in the Southwest of British Columbia. This is the city this text is about, even though there is another Vancouver 500 km down South near Portland, Oregon. Vancouver BC is a bustling city on the Pacific Ocean, and there´s action 24/7. Vancouver City has a population of 632,000, Greater Vancouver just short of 2.5 millions on 2,700 km2. If you approach Vancouver by plane you will for quite some time fly over the mountains north of Vancouver. They are known by the name of Coast Mountains.

Vancouver is worth much more than just one visit, even in three weeks you can only see part of the sights! Some of them will take you an entire day to see, e.g. Stanley Park. Everywhere you go, you are reminded of fishing and fish. Just take the Capilano Hatchery in the North of Vancouver, where you can watch the salmon run from a tunnel through large windows from below the surface. Vancouver is also the place where the Fraser River, the largest river in Britisch Columbia, runs into the Pacific. The Fraser is one of not so many rivers where anglers may fish for sturgeon.

Vancouver - City of Dreams

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The photograph shows the view towards the East and resembles a paper cut. You are looking at Canada Place, and to the right you see the Harbour Tower. This part of the city is called Downtown and it is the very heart of Vancouver.


Corona-Flyfishing?, week 12

I realize many people nowadays have other problems to ponder than their hobbies. I´m only writing about my way of coping with the issues at hand. First of all I will accept all the instructions issued by the government, unless they would evidently cause damages to my family or myself. Unfortunately some of our fellow countrymen behave like complete morons, as though we didn´t have any problem at all. In the queue in front of the pharmacy or at the grocer´s, they simply will not keep the necessary distance the way everyone should, get as close to you as they possibly can.

I can well imagine some people reacting aggressively to this unsolicitated cuddling-up, especially fathers having their children with them. As long as we´re not facing a complete lockdown, I´ll hop right into my car and head for the river. I won´t give anyone a ride on my way there. I´ll pack some food and drinks, the tank of the car is filled up, and unless a technical problem pops up I needn´t even get out. On the river I don´t expect to meet anyone, and if I do anyway, I can always change sides.

Fly fishing and Corona

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As you see on the photograph, I´ll hop into my waders and then into the river. I firmly believe this is probably the safest possible behavior for myself as well as for my neighbors (in the biblical sense). Stay calm and carry on as best you can; we all want to do a lot more fishing together in due time.


Fly Fishing - Clinics - Business, week 14

Now would be just the right time to start flyfishing clinics. Whether we are talking about clinics for beginners or advanced students, be it on the Pegnitz or the Wiesent, or clinics for beginners with two-handed rods on stillwaters, all the lights would be green if it weren´t for the Corona virus. The bookings for clinics are good, but god only knows if and when these clinics can take place. To be able to hold my annual meeting I would need nothing short of a miracle, but these don't come around frequently. We´ll see what will happen.

Online tackle shops will still make some sales, those without internet platform ...? I also run a little shop on the internet; it´s like the little neighborhood shop for flyfishing needs. Ordering by one simple click and paying by just another click, that would be it. To order from my shop, you´ll have to use the contact page or send me an e-mail. Some people still order this way, we´ll have to see how we can handle our sales in the future. What is going to happen to the casting clinics? I´m flexible enough to to be available for alternative dates, and I believe my clients are, too.

Fly fishing lessons in Velden

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Wouldn´t it be nice if the 2020 season had started as usual? Still I believe it will bring us closer together spiritually, even though we´ll have to keep at least 2 meters away from each other physically. Let´s look forward to a beautiful future we may share!


Somehow Unreal..., week 15

From my home to the beat on the Wiesent where I hold fishing rights is a drive of about 25 km. The maximum distance you are presently allowed to travel for fishing during the lockdown is 50 km, so no problem. The drive is extremely relaxing these days, hardly any traffic at all. My Touran, built in 2005, has a two liter Diesel engine with 140 hp and does not need me to step on the accelerator too hard under these circumstances which results in a consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 km, in both directions. Once I get to the Wiesent, there isn´t another soul in sight.

My flyrod is rigged up in 10 seconds flat, then I jump into my waders and boots, put on my cap, and off I go! The Wiesent is just a few steps away. The water is still a little high but gin-clear. Fishing the lower Wiesent isn´t exactly easy. Over a distance of more than 2 km there are only a handful of spots allowing you to wade to the other side. The depth of the deepest ponds is around 6 m. Fishing nymphs requires extremely long leaders and dense vegetation accounts for lots of fun trying to serve your nymph properly.

In nature you don't notice Corona

Weekly picture 15 2020

Taking a break ashore I´m brooding about the situation. Nature around me is functioning smoothly as always. It seems as though the corona business is nothing more than a bad dream, but back in reality, it makes me choke. Anyway, have a Happy Easter everyone out there!


The Pegnitz in Lauf, week 17

The Pegnitz river emanates from a karst spring in the very town of Pegnitz. It is a spring creek which is not as famous as the Wiesent, well known in the fly fishing world. The whole area called Fränkische Schweiz (lit. Franconian Switzerland) is a region dominated by karst. In one place the two rivers are only about 20 km apart. A short ways downstream from its spring the Wiesent is joined by the Fichtenohe. Although the Fichtenohe contributes considerably more water, the resulting river is called Pegnitz. The distance from Pegnitz to the junction into the Rednitz is about 110 km.

Over most of its length, the Pegnitz has a remarkable green drake hatch. The green drake is called "mayfly" in German, even though it usually occurs in early June. During the first days of the hatch trout and grayling seem to rather avoid these large insects. After a while, however, the feeding frenzy gets going. A few days later the fish are so full of flies they become very selective and anglers have a hard time coaxing them into taking their imitations. This will last another few days.

The river Pegnitz in Lauf

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The photograph shows the Pegnitz in the town of Lauf, about 30 km downstream from the town of Velden, where I hold some of my casting clinics. Not just as far as Lauf, but even downstream from the city of Nuremberg, the Pegnitz holds trout and grayling in trophy sizes. The abundance of large grayling downstream from Nuremberg was the reason I joined the Nürnberger Fischereiverein some 30 years ago


Some Good Things still Happen, week 18

The Corona business starts getting tedious. Whether it is about casting clinics, the holiday flight to Canada, freedom of movement, everything has become uncertain. As I am a rather active person, I feel this forced inactivity as rather stressful. And then there are many experts, university professors among them, who see the present restrictions as far exceeding the necessities. According to Wikipedia (in german language), the flu epidemic in 2017/2018 caused 25,000 deaths in Germany, but the effects on the economy were not nearly as harsh as compared to now.

We anglers fortunately enough still have access to our fisheries, limited as it may be. Even the thought that this tiny rest of our freedom might be taken away further gnaws at our spirits. And then, all of a sudden, there is this take that tells you in a mere instant that the fish on your hook is way over average. The hours before I had already tricked a few grayling and trout into taking my nymph, but none of them were anywhere near this size. The flyline lies in a heap in front of your feet and the fish is running ...!

Big Browntrout from river Wiesent

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With some luck I managed to land this beautiful brown trout. As you see, I had a very good guide! The Wiesent holds some very good fish in our beat, this brown trout measured 55 cm. Hang on tight and enjoy situations like this one that makes you feel really alive!


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