The Bruche


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the author fishing the bruche in Molsheim, in autumn
On the Bruche in Molsheim, in autumn

Offen predictable, sometimes surprising, the Bruche is my river, that I generally court, which sometimes fills me with joy, sometimes afflicts me, but, always enchants me.

Taking its source at an altittude of 680 meters, on the top of the Climont, in the granitics Vosges, the Bruche runs during 78 km to its confluence with the river Ill, just before Strasbourg. Up to Dinsheim, it is classified in 1st category (salmonidae dominant). Rich in watery insects (baetis, rithrogena, ephemerella ignita, caddis..) it presents a succession of flats and currents, typical of the piedmont plains.

It is well populated with brown trouts, to wich are added white fish (chubs, daces, spirlin, bleaks, gudgeons..). From Heiligenberg, the graylings are well established and it contains some rainbow trouts. The trouts are not enormous there; a fish of 30 cm is a beautiful specimen (my personal record with the fly is 45 cm there), but they are wild, and defend themselves with vivacity and malignancy. The graylings commonly reach 30 cm and some specimens of more than 40 cm were already caught. Sinceyear 1999, the salmon comes also back again in the Bruche.

There are a lot of associations on the Bruche and it’s not always easy to get a fishing licence. But since 1997, the fishing association “haute vallée de la Bruche” has created a fly fihing course in Schirmeck. On this place, where the fishing is no-kill way, from the 1st may to the 31st august you get sometimes the chance to catch brown trouts of more than a kilogram. In 2003, a new fly fishing course has opened in Muhlbach on Bruche ! daily licenses are also avaible in Urmatt, Dinsheim and Molsheim.

You can get fishing cards for most of the fishing sectors on the web:

-by fishing store BRUCHE- NATURE: 3, route de Strasbourg , 67130 SCHIRMECK … tel: 0033 3 88 97 89 45 for the fly-fishing course from Schirmeck.

-by fishing store NATURAMA, Zone de loisirs “Le Trêfle” 67120 DORLISHEIM. tél:  03 88 04 81 81. for the sector of Ergersheim-Dachstein-Wolxheim.

they are stil some (rare) graylingsz in the Bruche !

News for the month of october 2021

News: In the Bruche, some aquatic insects are stil present and the fish feed on all floors. And the dry flies become almost effective in this month.

C.B.F. last news: The selection for the season and my selection of essentials flies are available.

To see the report of my last fishing session on the Bruche, click here or on the picture below.

the Bruche on 2021 march the 31

There are of course other interesting rivers for flyfishing in Alsace. Moder, Eichel, Lauter, Sauer, Giessen, or Andlau in the Bas-Rhin, Fecht, Doller, Ill, Lauch, Liepvrette or Thur in the Haut-Rhin, but the Bruche is one of the most beautiful, and it is dear to my heart.

ATTENTION: Concerning the Thur, following abusive samples and the use of techniques putting the survival of the fish in danger (lures), a collective of defense of the Thur was created. I joined him, and I encourage all the respectful fishermen of this beautiful river to join this collective. You can do it by filling out a registration form here !

If you want information on any of these rivers, take a tour on the site of the Federation of fishing associations of Bas-Rhin, or that of the Federation of Haut-Rhin.

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3 Replies to “The Bruche”

  1. Claude, how are you, my friend?
    Where can I buy a day fishing license for the river in Alsace? I plan to go fishing tomorrow or Saturday. I prefer to buy the license online.
    And which river do you recommend? I can’t wait for the reservoir to open again. 🙂 Al

    • Hello Al,
      you can take a daily license on the website : But at the moment, after this episod ofheatwave and drought, fishing in the alsatian rivers is not very interessant. I would say: wait for september to come fish the Bruche or the Thur, Moder , Fecht… best regards. Claude

  2. Lieber Claude,
    eine wunderschöne und liebevoll gestaltete Website die immer wieder eine Inspiration ist. Vielen Dank dafür und hoffentlich sehen wir uns eines Tages in einem deiner Reviere, die mir schon so viele traumhafte Stunden und Fische beschert haben!
    Liebe Grüße, Florian

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