Your Flyfishing guide in Switzerland
Your flyfishing guide in Switzerland, Pascal Zeller, welcomes you for a days fly fishing in the Swiss Alps.
I am lucky to live in Wilderswil near Interlaken, an area attracting visitors from around the world for its fantastic scenery – Off the beaten paths and the crowds you can experience the beauty of the landscape, in tune with nature and flyrod in hand. Most attractive to me is the quest for native brook trout, brown trout and pike with a fly. I am lucky to be a flyfishing guide in Switzerland and specially love fishing the mountain rivers and lakes of the Bernese Oberland.
Personal background and philosophy.
Your Flyfishing Guide in Switzerland
Nowadays I guide fishing trips during 50-70 days per season here in Switzerland and additionally a week or two somewhere abroad. A big part of this job is to enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge of the local waters and conditions with fellow fly anglers from around the world, spending a day with them and seeing them go home with a big smile on their face. This is one of the reasons I took up being a flyfishing guide in Switzerland.
In Switzerland I offer my fly fishing services from March – October. I have fished pretty much all over Europe, my favorites being Iceland, Sweden, Slovenia and Montenegro.
I have been working in service oriented businesses since 25 years, serving clients from all over the world, multinational companies and the average tourist. I communicate fluently in English, French and German.
As many, I have started my fishing career as a kid – dangling worms with my dad. I discovered my love for fly fishing some 20 years ago, during an extended stay in New Zealand. Clueless, without taking any lessons or having a mentor by my side, it took me two frustrating month to land my first fish ! That was a beauty of roughly 10 pounds, and to this day stands as my personal brown trout record…..
In 1999 I participated in a one-week introduction program of the IFFF to prepare for the certification as flycasting instructor…as it was a logistical challenge to follow a course in the USA, I finally decided I didn‘t need it .
I am a very experienced flyfisherman in all kinds of waters, fast flowing mountain creeks, large rivers or lakes. I do not have much experience in salt water flyfishing- certainly something I’d like to invest more time in future. I have had many dozens of guests following my flyfishing introduction courses. I am a good communicator and believe that I am able to offer flyfishing lessons that provide fast results and a great degree of satisfaction.
To this day I am not a certified casting instructor. I believe there is a lot more to being a good guide than just fancy casting techniques. I achieve results and catch fish wherever I go. I am not on the water to win a beauty competition or to show off my casting skills. Nevertheless I have been able to give some precious input and share my experience with many sometimes very experienced fishermen/women. I am a flyfishing guide in Switzerland because I love it and I am good at it. I do not boast with certificates and other useless papers…..
I have a large knowledge of fresh water in general…. I can read currents very well, knowing where the best fish lies are and understand the migratory patterns of still water species. Over the years I have learned to trust my gut feeling on difficult days, instead of getting into a frenzy of changing fishing spot and technique desperately by the minute. Generally it pays off to observe and evaluate the water first- before casting a line.
Being very interested and quite knowledgeable in entymology and biology, I am well aware of what crawls trough our streams, feeds our fish or grows along the banks. I do not tie my own flies. Some people may say this is not acceptable for a flyfishing guide. My answer to this: I have worked many years as a ski intructor in the Swiss Alps, to this day no one has ever asked me if I built my own skis…just can’t do it all……life’s just too short ! Fortunately I do have several good friends who master the art of fly-tying and I get all my customized patterns from them.
I focus on what I do best and enjoy the most: Fly fishing for trout, pike, barbel and chub, allowing my guests a complete and well-rounded approach to the great fisheries and natural resources we have. Check out some of the options:
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