I stumbled across him by chance on instagram. When checking out his profile, I realized we had one friend in common – my cousin from Brookly, NY who happened to work at Nomad restaurant in Manhattan at the same time as Max a few years ago.
Reaching out to him I mentioned my connection to New York where I did my Master’s in journalism and we quickly decided to spend a day fishing together. Easier said than done with Max working a six day week.
We finally found a date at the end of June but had to postpone last minute. The snowmelt high in the mountains around Lech, turned the water murky and made fishing impossible. But two weeks later the stars aligned and I jumped in the car to make the three hour ride from Munich to Lech.
In the meantime since first reaching out to Max, I had met another fly fisherman who turned into a good friend of mine with a connection to New York: Christian Anwander. Originally from Austria, Christian, a photographer, has lived in New York for the past 15 years with his family. The place he grew up in however, is only an hour’s drive from Lech.
Max used this rare day of fishing to invite his childhood friend, Thomas Schatzmann, from Vienna. Thomas runs the tradition-rich fly fishing store Klejch in Austria’s capital, Vienna.