Monday, 30 April 2012

Trip to Germany, Part 2, about Fly Fishing and Scandinavian Christmas

Between two rainy days, Saturday was warm and sunny. We headed to the 7th International Experience the World of Fly Fishing. On our previous visit we had a wonderful lunch at the Restaurant Fürstenfelder at Kloster Fürstenfeldbruck old monastery, and there we saw posters of the coming event. We could not extend our visit to the fly fishing event at that time, but before booking the flights for this year's visit we made sure to be there at the right time. In the old monastery buildings the exhibition was spread on two floors. - I promised you some more traditional clothing, here the gentleman is wearing a felt hat. Pictures of my SC are at the end of this post, feel free to jump over the travel report part.

Examples of finer fly fishing gear: silk lines. 

The most interesting part of the event was outdoors at the casting pools.

The Austrian casting guru Roman Moser demonstrated different one-handed rod casting styles; here he is showing an Englishman's style:

At the end of his demonstration he showed that a rod is not always necessary if you master the double haul cast. He shortened his rod with every cast, ending up with just the line in his hands and the fly still reached the wanted spot every time. Looks so easy when you know what you are doing. For those of you who are not Candace or otherwise familiar with fly fishing, the fly with the hook weighs "nothing" and it flies because of the weight of the line and the energy transmitted to the line from the rod movement.

After the demonstration Mr. Moser had a casting clinic at the other pool. Mr. K. got some useful tips and a velcro band for holding his wrist in line with the rod.

A girl's eye wandered after fashion: a Scottish fly fisherman met with a local one.

Among the audience a traditional Bavarian men's jacket. Antti Guttorm from Finland is demonstrating casting with a two-handed/switch rod and Skagit casting.

In the Monastery's park there are modern sculptures. This one was on the lawn where visitors could test rods and practise their casting.

The name of the sculpture is "Istsituation", could be translated as Status Quo.

Wild Primula on the lawn.

Fritillaria - one flower checkered, the other white, with a dandylion under it.

Before going home we had grown quite an appetite, so we decided to try the other restaurant at the Monastery, Klosterstübchen.

The Wiener Schnitzel was big enough to feed a small family, but somehow I managed to eat most of it.

On Monday, when changing trains on the way to the airport, I had a chance to take a photo of the peculiar "nests" we had seen on many trees.

No nests at all, but mistletoe, Viscum Album. They don't grow in Finland.

Finally, at last, my finished Block 3 of Scandinavian Christmas by Lynette Anderson. I'm stitching this together with Annik, Elin, Grethe, Hanne, Lynn and Melanie. You can see their results through the links on my right sidebar under Scandinavian Christmas. Here's my stitchery:

And here the new block with numbers 1 and 2. I'm starting number 4 now.

While bonding the applique parts for block 3 I made some hearts for the border as well - there will be a lot of blanket stitching with these in the evenings when the time comes!


  1. I can imagine how interested Candace and Mr. Squash will be to read about the fly fishing. :o) You and your camera did a terrific job with the photos. I'm always interesting in the buildings, food, gardens, and traditional clothing. Your BOM is so pretty. I love watching the progress.

  2. Lovely post,no I did not skip the fishing part! My husband will love reading it all;he is a keen fisher:-)
    Your SC is great,love the angels bow.
    Thanks for the inspiration,I`m more than half on block 3:-)
    Good Luck with your block 4!

  3. Never heard of fly fishing. Glad you were able to make it this year! Looks like a very nice place where it was held.
    Missletoe is so pretty in the trees! It always amazes me.
    Your SC is really getting along beautifully.

  4. I wish we could have been there with you and Mr. K., Ulla! Your reporting on both the fly fishing and the local clothing were very interesting! I've never seen silk fishing lines! I have one of those velcro bands like Mr. K bought but have not used it - I'll be interested to know what he thinks of it! We call the 2-handed rod a Spey Rod here and it's interesting that the cast is called Skagit - that is the river near where we used to live! We've seen the same demonstration where the caster breaks down the rod and is left with line at the end - I don't think I could ever do that - it's like magic! What a wonderful trip!
    Your Scandinavian Christmas is really coming along - so very cute!

  5. Sorry, no interest in fly fishing. But your Scandinavian Christmas is coming along great!

  6. What a fascinating show. It didn't occur to me that there would be national variations - how silly of me. You will be able to tell the Scot's surname by his clan tartan.

    Apple trees hold mistletoe well. You get the berries and squash them into the trunk on 12th Night traditionally.

    Well done for getting to SC4. I am on the final side of the cross stitch border and am going to be relieved when it is complete. I like doing the applique a lot more. :-)


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