The big european river, well-known for shipping, has preserved a course, said "old Rhine", where nature did reassert itself and where the large gravel pits attract irresistibly the fly fisher
With the downstream of Basle(Switzerland), until Rhinau, in extreme southern of the department of Bas- Rhin (Alsace/France), a part of the river's water circulates in the channel of Alsace; but there remains a wild part, wedged between this channel, at the french side, and the german motorway, which average width of 50 meters, the power of the current, the richness of watery fauna, make forget this tribute paid to the modernity.
When you find yourselves in autumn on the gravel pits of the Rhine, you are taken in a true enchantement: attentive of the banks, the blossomings or the fish, you don't notice the noise of the cars wich circulate on the nearby motorway.
IMPORTANT: Classified in 2nd category of the public domain, fishing is accessible to any fisherman having discharged his piscicultural taxes (french yearly fishing card)!
Fishing is not easy there: power of the current, rollers slipping, blossomings sometimes too sparse, other times superabondant, difficult fish, inaccessible stations, etc.. All these conditions discourage sometimes the amateur, but don't put off the enthusiast.
I hope to be pleased of meeting you a day there, to exchange , like all the flyfishers of the world, our anecdotes which ponctuated our course in this splendid passion of flyfishing !
News: With a very low Rhine due to the severe drought of this year 2018, many gravel pits are passable on the old Rhine. If the graylings are still rare (and protected), chubs and barbs of good size can also give you beautiful emotions.
My last flyfishing session: Despite the bad weather and the fact that I do not like its linearity and environment, and I did not have much time for fishing that day, I decided to go for a ride on the counterchannel Rhine on Friday 30 March 2018 on the downstream part . (see picture 1 and 3). After talking with a friendly young flyer fishing for the streamer, I chose the nymph fishing. The water was a little tinted and I could observe some brown caddis here and there, without them causing any visible activity of the fish. This allowed me to have 2 bites, one that I missed and the second that allowed me to catch a pretty brown trout of 32 cm. A "small" fish compared to large trout set for opening, but still a nice fish, in good shape. The nymph, the NTO, my favorite for bad weather and cold waters without activity.
I did not take more than an hour, because I really have trouble to please me on this channel so linear and with so many people at this time ...
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