2016 has been an incredible year for all of us. We experienced some good fishing, shared one or two adventures and met great people.
But let's hear what some of our members think about their experiences and future plans:
Lukas aka Church:
"Looking back at 2016, the only thing I can say is: AWESOME! I got the opportunity to work at Europe's biggest flyfishing fair, the EWF, at the booth of Michael Mauri of Seele Flyrods and Mauri Flyfishing. He´s a man I've always been looking up to and I fell in love for his simply stunning fiberglass flyrods when they first came out three years ago.
Furthermore, I joined a new fishing club and had therefore the opportunity to fish two new rivers which turned out to be a good decision I experienced awesome fishing for trout, but also got into pikefishing even more. The absolute highlight of the year was of course our journey to Norway. The kind of freedom and solitude we experienced up there was what I was looking forward since we came home from our trip the year before.
I don't have too many plans for 2017 concerning new fishing destinations or trips, but I´m pretty sure there´s something waiting. What I do know is that I'll definitely concentrate more on my pikefishing, this is something that totally got me hooked and there's plenty of places to be checked out for some toothy critters. In this context I would also like to focus more on streamer flytying, I really want to try out different materials and styles in order to achieve different actions of the fly... Last but not least I plan on giving some flycasting courses, including a group course together with the Reuther brothers..."
"It's great to see how progress is seen throughout the years. Opportunities pop out every year and increase my motivation for the flyfishing industry. But besides flycasting courses and demos, I love to travel with my dudes. By myself I would not have had that much fun fishing in Norway, Slovenia or simply here in Bavaria. I look back on a fantastic 2016 and ahead to a hopefully even better year 2017. There will be a big flyfishing trip to the states, and several kick ass film projects we already plan. The business I started last year with my flycasting workshops is getting bigger and bigger and our Danica Dudes homepage will have a facelift, too. Thank's to all of you for your support, let us rock 2017."
"This year was a great year for me. Not only that I could spend almost two months in Norway, but also that I've learnt a lot about the water I have fished for quite a bit now, the Isar river. Now, I understand more about insects and feeding habits of the trout and grayling, through my experiences through Norway.
The year started great with a pike trip to northern Germany, followed by the EWF fair. This was also the start of our fishing season here and I spent quite some time fishing this year. In summer, the Dudes drove to Norway where we had four super cool weeks together with a whole lot of fishing and rain. I stayed for three more weeks and then flew home from Oslo.
This experience and the fishermen I met will never be forgotten and it still influences me. Also, I think that I improved my fly tying skills, not only concerning nymphs but also the big pike flies.
After a great fishery at the Isar river in autumn, the year ended with a quick pike trip with Maxi, where we caught our last fish for the year. All in all, I hope that 2017 will be as good or better as 2016!"
We hope your 2016 was as great as ours!
Two days ago I managed to sneak out and do some pikefishing - simply needed a short break from all the exam stress. I was afraid that the river could be frozen, but it turned out to be perfectly fishable. I didn't catch a single fish, but had some real quality time outdoors.
II just love how everything seems totally quiet in winter. The snow swallows up every noise besides the silent whispering of the current. The only sign of fish was an incredible huge chub that followed my 30cm (!) tubefly for quite a while.
This guy must have easily gone 70cm, no kidding! I now that this stretch of river has a healthy population of these fish, but I didn´t expect them to grow this big. I should probably try some baitfish imitations for them when it´s getting a little warmer in spring...
Hope I could motivate you to not letting the winter stop you from having a great time at the river.
I know it´s been a while since the last post, and I´m sorry about it. The thing is - we are all stuck in our exams again at the moment, and therefore have hardly any freetime left for posting pictures and stuff.
At least I think that we are probably even more sorry for this fact than you are, but that´s how life as a student can be at times...
Of course, when sitting in the library the whole day trying to get stuff into your head that simply does not want to get into your head, it can happen that your mind decides to go onto a journey of its own and simply wanders off, off into good memories and happy moments.
As you might have already guessed, this quite often means I´m thinking about flyfishing. I am indeed very greatful to have this fantastic hobby in my life. It enables me to get my mind free from all the bullshit you´re confronted with nowadays, to meet fantastic people, to see amazing places, to understand at least some parts of the big circle of life and, the best thing of all, it is the base of some fantastic friendships.
But I am not only thinking about the good things flyfishing can do to me, but also about what it might do for others.
I am actually pretty sure that flyfishing is ideal for teaching the importance of our ecosystems, for telling us that we have to work hard to protect the few jewels of untouched nature which are left on a somehow destroyed planet, and it tells us that it´s even possible to give something back to mother nature and even get at least some places into a better shape than they used to be...
What I´m talking about is conversation and restoration.
The restoration of aquatic ecosystems and their ecology is what I´m trying to specialize in during my studies of environmental engineering (for a bachelor degree, don´t know what the master degree will bring..). It is good to know that there are already multiple institutions, enterprises, offices and research centers which have the well being of the environment in general but also of the aquatics as a particular part as their goal.
But this is not enough: the ideas and aims of conversation and restoration need to play a role in everyone´s life! And that´s why I think that outdoor sports such as hiking, canoeing and especially flyfishing are the perfect base for building up a growing interest in environmental problems and how to solve them.
This kind of environmental education can´t start early enough. That´s why I´m planning to get things started with the youth group of my fishing club. What I´m thinking about are presentations about the functionality of river and lake ecosystems, educational walks along the riverbanks and of course getting them interested in the art of flyfishing.
If the following generations should continue our efforts of preserving nature they need to have a better connection to it than some oldschool video games or documentaries on the TV. They need to find their way to nature again, to the beauty and variety of our planet in order to realize the importance of preventing it from total destruction.
The fishing club "Die Isarfischer" is a quite good example when it comes to good work with young fishermen and fisherwomen. If you have no clue why I´m saying this then you should check out Kris´ post about the Restoration of a small tributary of the Isar river back in May 2016.
Conservation starts now!!!
So Tight Lines,
the end of winter is not too far away!
"I've seen a big one right above that third weir down the bridge. You better walk on the gravel bank from the right side, otherwise you could spook them. But it really doesn't matter because there are many huchos in that area."
I know exactly which one you are talking about... He's 101 cm long, a male, and has got dozens of scars from dozen fishermen trying to catch him. Tom caught him last season...
Speaking to fisherman about where to find the all mighty hucho, everyone has an answer, besides the one who really keep their secret. Well, the others have a secret, too, but they will tell you about the hucho that everyone knows. Vice versa, this hucho has already encountered every angler and his selection of streamers or wobblers.
The result is a bad chance to catch him, no matter how small or big it is.
Hucho fishing is about spending time on the water, seeing one of them chasing his prey or maybe even behind your fly but then turning aside. You have to be patient, you have to endure the cold weather, your frozen fly line in the guides, you have to believe in what you've just tied at the end of your leader and finally you always have to be ready for that one moment of the fish finally taking you fly.
Following your fishing mate's tips could of course be helpful and work in some rare cases but I prefer scanning the river by myself. A walk alongside the river can help finding new spots you think about fishing next time or you even see a hucho standing in front of a stone or chasing small grayling. Those walks are oftentimes without a flyrod, I mentioned the time you have to invest.
If you have found your fish or a spot that you know holds a good size fish, it is about getting creative in flytying because he may has seen the typical streamers fished by your competitors. And finally, be patient on your target. He might follow your fly one day or even bite the first cast you make, but normally you have to check that spot every single day as those fish are unlike any rising trout you ever fished on. He's eating seldomly so you have to have that little bit of luck making your cast at the exact time at the exact day.
I'm still waiting for my first really big one but I have hope, because...
Tomorrow is the last day!
Tight lines to you guys out there who are in search of what I am.
Wish me luck! ;-)
Check out Instagram (@bavarianflyfisher) tomorrow to see if I was successful ;-)