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: In november we can stil fish the old Rhine. The graylings, many nevertheless this year, are stil protected, so make catch and release. The white fish are not left behind, especially the big chubs, well present and that can bring us beautiful emotions. Some big rainbow trouts can also spice your fishing day.
My last flyfishing session: For the opening of the 1st category, the Federation of fishing associations of the Bas-Rhin put in the drainage channel of the Rhine some big rainbow trouts and salmons (reformed spawners). (See picture below) On the occasion of an afternoon where he did'nt work, I accompanied Loïc on Friday, March 18 on the downstream part of the course. North wind, bright sunshine, jaded fish at the many flies presented by many fishermen. We did hit 2 salmon, 1rainbow and a barbel, regarding me with a streamer CBO and Loïc, with a nymph CBH, despite the northern breeze.
Popular by the fishermen from Strasbourg, this course has the merit of proposing close to the urban area a fishing on trophy fish, although as regards the interest of the reformed salmon I wonder. This remains a channel, dreary and straight, and the environment is not obviously the most aesthetic. But we can not always have the butter, and the money of the butter, like we say in France...
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