"Hey, what can one catch here?"
"Hey, have you caught anything yet?"
"Hey, do I need a license to fish here?"
...are the questions, we are mostly confronted with, when fishing here in Munich.
I'm not sure if it's a blessing or not, to be able to fish directly in the city, because this has two sides.
On the one hand, we anglers should teach the ones who don't know anything about how fishing works.
"Yes, of course you need a license and then have to join a club and get the permit for the water you want to fish."
Most of the times, people also ask what this crazy-looking fishing is, that we call flyfishing, so I take a minute or two and tell them about my favorite hobby.
Nearly everyone I talk to is super friendly and enjoys watching us.
The few other ones build the other hand of urban fishing.
"Why do you kill the fish?"
"Why do you release some of the fish?"
Some are mad at you as flycasting seems to be too dangerous for the general public, but as mentioned it's mostly about killing or releasing a fish. (But this could be a blog post for itself in the future)
About a year ago, I met a guy who asked me, if it wouldn't be smarter to fish illegally just because the punishment for it is cheaper than the fishing license.
I just asked him how often he thinks to go fishing..
But that's how it is in a city with nearly 1.4 million people.
Most of them are friendly and interested in the sport whereas some are just totally against what you do.
In the end it's up to you, but to be honest, I prefer the stretches of the Isar river, that are less crowded, just because there tend to be more fish :)
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