FLY FISHING BAVARIA
Still-Water Fly Fishing Bavaria
Still-water or small lake fishing is a part of Fly Fishing Bavaria that can be an art unto itself. There is nothing more frustrating than fishing a small lake and watching others take fish after fish whilst you just stand and watch. Don’t worry, this quickly changes once you become familiar with the various techniques available to you. Here in Bavaria, the Fly Fisherman is the odd man out on most still-waters, whether they be natural or ‘put and take’ lakes. If you are a novice fly fisherman, try a ‘put and take’ lake that has been stocked with rainbow trout, you will almost certainly catch your fish as long as you persevere. Once you become proficient and find the right technique, you will be able to hold your own, even here in Bavaria where they are using spinners, as well as worms, normal maggots and giant Bee Maggots, which are the larva of the Bee Moth.
This ‘Angelteich’ or small lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout. Brook Trout and Arctic Char. It is located at Eppenschlag, near Grafenau, full address below. Fishing starts at 07:00 hours and a half day card allows you to fish until 12:30 hours or 12:30 until 18:00 hours, at a cost of €15. A half day card allows a catch limit of 5 fish. A full day and 10 fish limit costs €25.
My first visit
On my first Fly Fishing Bavaria visit to the lake, I inquired whether fly fishing was permitted, the owner confirmed that she had no objection but had never had any fly fisherman on the lake and doubted if artificial fly would catch fish there. Oh ye of little faith!
A typical day
On my last visit to stock up on trout for the smoker, I arrived at 07:00 in light rain and had landed my first fish ten minutes later. Within an hour, the lake was full of fisherman, but I was the only one using a fly rod. One of the fishermen saw that I was being fairly successful, he therefore put down his course rod and got out his fly fishing gear. He made cast after cast for about thirty minutes before putting the fly rod away. He had obviously not decided what type of fishing he wanted to do, and catching fish was his only priority. For me, how you catch the fish is very important, I never eat trout that I have not caught myself, and then only on a fly. Before 10;00 hours I had caught my limit of five fish comprising four good rainbows and one arctic char, I had also lost two fish which of course, were even larger!
Helping a novice
A young lady fishing beside me informed me that her daughter had told her not to come home without fish, however, she had not been successful. Having reached my limit and not wanting to leave straight away, I watched her technique and asked if I could help her. She readily agreed so I watched her float and told her when bites were indicated. She was not seeing the subtle indications at all, her float was far too heavy. I advised her to change to a lighter float but she did not have one with her. I then suggested that she take off the float completely, take up the slack in the line and hold it in her hand. She now had direct contact should a fish take her maggot, she missed a few bites but within five minutes had caught her fish. I told her she was almost czech nymphing, one of the techniques we use in fly fishing and suggested that she might enjoy fly fishing. Having cleaned my fish, I was back at my fishing hut in Eging am See by 10:30 hours.
This was one of those really successful fly fishing trips, caught my limit, helped a novice and outpaced the course fishermen with their giant maggots. It’s not always like that, the previous trip the course fisherman were hauling them out whilst I had a blank until I had a look at the giant maggots they were using. Changing to a fly of the same color worked a treat.
Spiegelauer Strasse 15
John, the Silver Fly Fisherman