Fly Fishing Fabisch, the Weekly Picture Archive 1 - 2021

Weekly pictures Archive 2021one

The Weekly pictures archive 2021 part one


Here is a new weekly picture archive 2021, 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.



River or Lakes, the Wiesent, week 06

Obviously I wanted to find out what the Wiesent would look like this end of January 2021, so I drove to Pretzfeld as soon as the limit for trips of 15 km around your home was canceled. What I saw came as quite a surprise. The lower Wiesent Valley resembled a sort of lake district rather than a river scenery. After all, the width of the valley there is about 1.5 km.

Although frost still had its grip on the trees on nearby slopes, there was enough water to flood around 90 percent of the pastures. I quickly abandoned the idea to take a little walk by the Wiesent. Surprisingly, the situation upstream seemed almost normal. From Muggendorf to the junction of the Püttlach into the Wiesent there was plenty of water, but it all flowed inside the river bed.

The Wiesent River in Frankonia

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The good news was that I did not even see one cormorant this day. I don´t know the reason for their absence, but it made me happy anyway. We´ll know more in early March.


The New Season, week 09

Monday this year´s season for brown trout opened. After all this bitching and nagging about things you were not allowed during the lockdown I had expected to meet lots of anglers on the rivers but there were but three on the Püttlach and four on the Wiesent, but that was it! The temperatures were pleasant and couldn´t serve for an excuse either.

Of course the water temperatures were still low, so the fish were still a bit sluggish. Despite this, a few fish couldn´t resist my nymph. The start into a new season turned out a success. Considering the low temperatures we have had this winter the fish seemed well fed and in good shape. Now we´ll have to see if we´ll be able to travel in the future.

The Yukon in Yukon Territory

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I´d love to know how overseas travel will work this year. The photograph shows a little piece of the Yukon in Yukon Territory. By the way, this is definitely no place to try and leave the river or to capsize and loose the boat!


Pretty Tough, week 16

Flyfishing has been rather tough and slow these last weeks. With only a few exceptions, temperatures were low, so the water in our rivers and creeks stayed cold. Accordingly, the trout and grayling showed very little activity. The fish seemed glued to the river bottom and refused to be lured away.

Fishing was per se difficult, and it was practically impossible to spot larger specimens. There were, however, exceptions - although very few. Longer sunshine hours are a prerequisite for more activity. The depth of the spots we fish should not exceed 2 meters. Tie on a well weighted nymph and try your luck even though there´s no guarantee for success!.

Rainbow trout from Wiesent river

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Someone who did everything right was my friend Rafi, and the 52 cm rainbow is proof of that. Ah, by the way, 4 weeks ago there was also a 54 cm brown trout!


The Püttlach River, week 19

The Püttlach is a small meadow brook that flows into the Wiesent near the village of Behringersmühle. There are several ways by which permits may be obtained, but not all of them are easy. Some places demand 6 days of lodging for you to be eligible for a permit.

There are other ways, though. So make sure to collect all the information available. Also, the permitted ways of fishing may vary greatly from one beat to another. There are beats that allow only flyfishing, but then there are some in which any artificial lure may be used. Check these points before you buy your permit!

Fly fishermen on the Püttlach

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The photograph shows a part that allows spoons and spinners besides flyfishing. Still, the two flyfishers were successful with their dry flies.


The Town of Velden, week 30

Even though I offer casting clinics in several locations in Germany or Europe, the town of Velden and the Pegnitz remain the center of my teaching activities. This venue offers challenges on every level, from beginners to candidates for an instructor´s certificate. It also permits work with mixed groups i.e. different levels of qualification.

Two thirds of the beat are easily accessible by foot, the last third requires some more ingenuity. In midtown the possibility for casting is somewhat limited. But as you know, you grow with your challenges. The clinics show several approaches to difficult situations and train participants in overcoming them. Once you finish your clinics, you should keep practicing by all means!

Fly fishermen on the Pegnitz river

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In midtown, there is a narrow concrete dam you can walk on. Wading is strictly prohibited. Where you have to stand very close to the buildings, casting is obviously difficult, but if a cast doesn´t perform the way you intended: just keep on practicing! Good casters usually have been practicing for decades!


West Canada 2021, part 1, week 47

To travel to Canada in times of the Corona pandemic you need the composure of a stoic philosopher. All the red tape required to announce your trip on the internet will drive many an applicant crazy. Even though you are completely vaccinated, you are repeatedly asked to supply an address where you could spend your quarantine if necessary. Unless you answer all these questions you´re screwed. I decided to give the address of the company where I had rented storage space for my stuff.

My flight went to Vancouver via Amsterdam. In Amsterdam I had to jump the first hurdle, i.e. an official who checked my documents and gave me the green light to continue. In Vancouver everything seemed normal at first. I answered all questions as to anything I intended to import and to who I was in the first place and proceeded to passport control. Next I had to pick up my luggage and move toward the exit. Was it really as simple as that? Sorry, not quite. The surprise came just before the exit.

Great weather in the Yukon

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About 150 persons in front of me were waiting for a Covid quick test, my valid negative pcr-test made no difference. Luckily I had nine hours until my next flight so I could take that. With the next weekly picture I´ll let you know how my trip went on after the flight to Whitehorse, Yukon.


West Canada 2021, part 2, week 48

Just before midnight, still on September 23rd, I made it to Whitehorse, Yukon. A taxi quickly took me to the place 12 km away where I had parked my car. Even though I was pretty exhausted I couldn´t resist the urge to try and start up the car. I quickly hooked up the battery and - oh wonder - the Dodge started. After two years of parking out in the open in the Yukon! This way I spent a pleasant first night in the trailer. The next day brought about a few difficulties. Fortunately the weather held for the next three days what it had promised upon arrival.

The first surprise on the next day were four flat tires on the Dodge. Hard to find someone with a compressor capable of inflating four big tires way out there in the Mount Sima Ski Area... My little VW compressor was way too weak. Finally someone could help me regain my mobility. My time without food and drink was over. After three days the weather changed and brought 10 cm of snow. I was still waiting for the insurance policies for both the car as well as the trailer. The snowfall made me a little nervous as I had a drive of 1,800 km ahead of me, from Whitehorse to Prince George on the Alaska Highway.

Beginning of winter in the Yukon

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On Monday, after a little delay, I started on my drive down South. Why this delay? When I was hitching up the trailer to the Dodge, my wallet had slipped from my pocket, and I didn´t realise it was missing until I got to Whitehorse. I was lucky enough to find it in the snow back where I had parked the car. With the next weekly picture you will get some info about fishing again


West Canada 2021, part 3, week 49

The scenery along the 1800 km to Prince George was gorgeous. Those wide open spaces are incredible. After I reached my friends in Prince George in otherwise good shape, the car needed 4 new tires. The old ones were not spent, but BC requires all cars to use winter tires from October on. As my friend and I had decided to fish in the South of BC, the change of tires was mandatory. The 700 km drive to our next destination didn´t seem to take long, but another disappointment was waiting there for us.

The river we had selected for our fishing excursion was all but inaccessible. A giant pipeline under construction from way up North to the Vancouver area is blocking up almost the entire valley. Three spots were accessible, so we concentrated on these. The first day did not produce a single take. With all the turmoil in the area it didn´t come as a complete surprise. The second day, however, held a very positive surprise for me in store. For a while the day seemed to pass just like the last one, but then I caught three good steelhead on five casts, jackpot!

A nice steelhead creek

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My friend also caught a steelhead on this day, as you can see on the photograph. The next day we tried our luck on a lake the steelhead traverse on their run to spawn farther upstream. Up there, it was really cold and the steelhead hung out God only knows where, so we quit after a few hours.


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