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Culture

Flyfishing and Relaxing on Ammersee

In the middle ages, local fisherman had to negotiate their fishing rights with the Bavarian dukes. Not a problem nowadays. A fishing license valid for one week costs as little as 10 dollars.

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Serenity, tranquility, peace

It's a peaceful morning on the Ammersee in southern Germany. There's just a couple of fisherman taking advantage of the quieter early hours to catch a few. For centuries the lake's fish stocks have given the people who live around the lake an important source of income and nourishment. That remains true even today.

"It's most beautiful when you wake up before dawn, so that you"re on the lake when day begins", Werner Anklam, of the Ammersee Angling Club explains. "That's when it's really the most beautiful. The lake is totally calm, with hardly any waves, and there's a fantastic view of the mountains. You can clearly see the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain and you don"t even need to fish. You can just enjoy the scenery. But you are here to fish and you have to make an effort if you want to end up with someting on your plate."

The fishermen's effort does pay off. Tastefully prepared whitefish and roach are among the fish specialities popular in local restaurants.

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