Flyfishing in Switzerland- Doubs

The Doubs river is a typical chalkstream, flowing on the swiss border to France. Twentytwo fish species are living in the river, but most flyfishermen are coming to this river to catch the famous Zebra- trout. These trout, weighing up to 5 kilos, are unique to this river and some tributairies.

The scientist Largiader explained the following: In the Doubs River (Rhone drainage) two distinct brown trout (S. trutta) phenotypes are observed. One phenotype is locally called Doubs trout and is characterized by four black stripes on the sides, similar to perch (Perca fluviatilis L.) and the other is the common phenotype of the fluviatile ecotype of brown trout, Salmo trutta f. fario. Protein data for three samples from the Doubs show that the Doubs trout belongs to the Mediterranean population group of brown trout, whereas the fario phenotype originates from stocking with hatchery strains of Atlantic basin origin. The two forms, however, do not hybridize freely. This is indicated by considerable gametic phase disequilibrium between alleles of hatchery and Doubs trout at one sampling site, and by lack of intermediate genotypes and phenotypes at another sampling site. The introgression patterns observed at the two sites suggest that differences in local habitat conditions can affect the degree of hybridization and introgression.

Flyfishing is best from april to june and in september, when trout and grayling are rising for the abundant hatches of mayflies and sedges.

Please find here here some practical info on flyfishing the Doubs. But be aware, the Doubs is a difficult river, we recommend therefore a guiding and a longer stay. We recommend the Aschi's lodge or hotels in St. Ursanne, Soubey or Tariche

See also the referring page on FlyFishingPoint

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fish with us the most beautiful rivers in Switzerland The medieval town of St. Ursanne  
RF fishing the Doubs river- home of the famous Zebra trout Zebra trout Village of St. Ursanne Big Stonefly- hatches in may The bridge trout
We show you the fish- and how to catch them A nice grayling- fish with dry fly or nymph The Doubs at La Charbonnière The clear water needs casting skills > further pictures
Autumn at the Doubs Fish upstream during the daylight Casting is difficult at some places A grayling day on the dry fly

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