Fly Fishing Swiss Alps Canton Glarus

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Small and large stream fishing in the Canton Glarus.


Golf course in the Swiss Alps of the Canton Glarus?
Golf course in the Swiss Alps of the Canton Glarus?

Rivers or Creeks?

Having returned from Canada just a few days ago, I felt the urgent need to go fishing with my fishing buddy André again. This time in the Swiss Alps in the Canton Glarus. I actually was more into fishing some larger rivers after I have spent a lot of time in small streams in Canada. Additionally, there is a second reason why I preferred rivers to creeks, but more on that later. André convinced me with the report of his recent fishing trip. It was amazing.

Hence, André and I drove to the Canton Glarus, bought our license at the Glarnerland highway stop, and drove into the mountains. This is a very convenient place to go fishing: no long hikes required, though the scenery looks as if you were miles away from any major town.

I could live in this shack fly fishing
I could live in this shack – forever.

No long hikes required, though the scenery looks as if you were miles away from any major town.

The creek was minute. It was even tiny for ExpediTom. Yet, this might be the reason there are some surprisingly large fish in there. At least in relation to the size of the creek it amazed me how many trout reached almost 30 centimetres (I hear you laughing). Although Switzerland has experienced an extremely hot summer in 2018, the water of this alpine creek was bloody cold and probably less than 10 degrees Celsius.


I missed the Alps

Following the creek upstream over meadows which looked as if it was a golf course, André and I made some new friends on the meadow.

Made new friends in the Swiss Alps Canton Glarus
Made new friends in the Swiss Alps Canton Glarus

Further upstream, the creek began to climb and made wonderful waterfalls. Needless to say, below these rapids amazingly deep pools formed and hold astonishingly numbers of trout (five – 4 on the dry, one on the nymph). It was just wonderful with the backdrop of mountains.

Scouting for a good frame to take some pictures with the creek and the mountains, I found this spot:

Scouting for photography composition I came up with this frame
Scouting for photography composition I came up with this frame

After the rapids and waterfalls, the creek meandered evenly over a pretty wet meadow. The weeds in the creek moved gently in the slow current. It was more than once that one of us casted at one of these plants in the believe of finding the elusive 40+ trout.

Beautiful fish in the Swiss Alps Canton Glarus
Beautiful fish in the Swiss Alps Canton Glarus

We did not find any.

 


Lake Trout in the Canton Glarus

Eventually, the creek divided in even smaller tributaries and fishing was not feasible anymore. We went back to the car, drove down the valley, and did some more casts in the Linth river. The reason why I would have liked to fish larger river, was the spawning runs of the lake trout in Switzerland. Whereas André caught at least some brown trout in the Linth, neither of us managed to catch the elusive lake trout – yet.

Wonderful brown trout from the Canton Glarus
Wonderful brown trout from the Canton Glarus

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