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German Hunting & Fishing Museum
   Munich, Bavaria - Germany
    Deutsches Jagd-Und Fischereimuseum
       
German Hunting & Fishing Museum
                   By: Jerry Kunnath
Fly Fishing In Bavaria - Munich’s Fishing and Hunting Museum
[ Deutsches Jagd-Und Fischereimuseum ]


We American fly fishers have a tendency to believe that we ‘invented’ this pleasing sport, when in fact,
fly fishing has been part of the outdoor experience in the ‘Old World’ for centuries. Proof of that
statement is found at 53 Neuhauser Strabe [pronounced as Strasse], the location of the Bavarian Hunting
and Fishing Museum in Munich, Germany.

This fine museum, located in the olde or historical section of  Munich, houses one of the best collections
of antique hunting and fishing equipment in the world, much of it fly fishing related. It is evident, from
walking it’s three expansive floors of exhibits, that there is a fine fly fishing heritage in this area of
Germany known as Bavaria.

As you leave the adjoining courtyard to enter the museum, you are greeted on the left by a bronze wild
boar, and on the right by a bronze giant catfish, which may still to be found in the area rivers. Inside, after
you pass through a small visitor center in the lobby, you ascend the solid oak stairs and enter a giant
display hall where you are confronted by the skeleton of one of
Europe’s extinct giant elk. [see picture
above] Case upon case of beautifully engraved firearms, crossbows, tools and equipment await your
eyes. The walls are covered with fantastic paintings depicting famous Bavarians of ages past, hunting
and fishing in the shadow of the Alps. It is after this hall that you enter the area dedicated to fishing.

The first display to catch my eye was titled
’Fischereigeraet aus der Sammlung’. This translated roughly to
’fly fishing equipment for catching salmon’. In this glass case, one of many in the room, lay a bamboo fly
rod, complete with reel and flies. This outfit was probably used a few hundred years ago by a Bavarian fly
fisher as he tried to catch a salmon in the river near his home. I imagined him wading the shallows of a
southern Bavarian river, casting his feathered imitation for
Atlantic salmon, just as we do now thousands
of miles and hundreds of years distant. The next case held a well worn but well cared for fly tying vise,
adorned with hooks, feathers, beads, and assorted tools. Another table held a wicker creel, a fillet knife,
and a small, leather fly case. On the other side of the room, covering one whole wall, was a diorama
containing replicas of the waterfowl and fishes of
Bavaria. Some of the fishes in this case looked very
familiar to me. Various salmon, some brown trout, a few other fish, but of course all the names were
different because they were in Bavarian. One in particular tweaked my interest. This fish was named a ’
Zander’. It looked very similar to our walleye, with just a few differences. But it was the local cat fish that
inhabit the rivers to this day, although in much decreased numbers, that really got me to look and
wonder. These fish can attain the length of five feet and grow to over two hundred pounds, with mouths
18 inches wide. Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to feel one of these monsters on my Loomis Spey rod.

If you get the chance to visit
Munich, please do yourself a favor and visit the German Hunting and
Fishing Museum. It is small in size by American standards, but it is well worth the two hours or so that it
will take for you to investigate it’s treasures. This facility will give you a keen insight into the great
outdoor heritage and tradition that the southern Germans, the Bavarians, are very proud of. It will show
you a facet of Bavaria that I didn’t know existed, that of the fly fishing history of this beautiful area.
Someday, on another visit, on another trip, I will investigate the modern fly fishing opportunities that can
be had today in this area at the foot of the Alps. Clear rivers, mountain streams, and alpine lakes seem to
call to me. And I first heard their call from the Jagd-Und Fischereimuseum, Muunchen.

Jerry Kunnath
Flydogs Flyworks LLC
Extinct European Giant Elk Skeleton at the German Hunting & Fishing Museum
Extinct European Giant Elk Skeleton at the
 German Hunting & Fishing Museum
These Giant Herbivores Once Roamed the
           Alpine Slopes of Bavaria
Bavarian Alpine Lake Char
Bavarian Alpine Lake Char
'Zander' or Walleye
'Zander' or Walleye
Taimen - found in some German Rivers
Taimen - found in some German Rivers
A Bavarian Alpine Lake
A Bavarian Alpine Lake
A Bavarian Catfish Statue at the Museum Entrance - Munich
A Bavarian Catfish Statue at the Museum Entrance
                               Munich
Fish & Fowl Diorama at the German Hunting & Fishing Museum
           Fish & Fowl Diorama at the
German Hunting & Fishing Museum - Munich
Antique salmon fly fishing outfit at the German Hunting & Fishing Museum
Antique salmon fly fishing outfit at the
German Hunting & Fishing Museum - Munich
Antique Fly Tying Vise at the German Hunting & Fishing Museum - Munich
       Antique Fly Tying Vise at the
German Hunting & Fishing Museum - Munich
Bavarian Alpine Grayling at the German Hunting & Fishing Museum
Bavarian Alpine Grayling
Rainbow Trout at the German Hunting & Fishing Museum - Munich
Rainbow Trout
Alpine Angler Fish the Bavarian area of Germany with guide Andi Pfirstinger. This beautiful area
offers the fly fisher some great fly fishing for trout, grayling, and other fish species. Alpine angler
offers guided trips to rivers and lakes in not only Bavaria, but also in Austria, Italy, and even trips to
Montana. Some of their waters are right in the Alps. Click on the link below to go to Andi's website.
Alpine Angler - English Version
Koenigsee Lake - Bavaria, Germany
Koenigsee Lake
Bavaria, Germany
Wild Boar Statue at the Front of the German Hunting & Fishing Museum
Wild Boar Statue at the front of the
German Hunting & Fishing Museum
in Munich, Bavaria, Germany