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Grüß Österreich! Hello Austria!


In spite of the usual impression of Austria as a skiing nation first and foremost, the central European country has some of the Europe's best and most beautiful fishing waters.

By Martin Joergensen

Intro | Andy | Krimmler | Cradle | Quality | Flies | Info
The names Innsbruck, Sct. Johan, and Kitzbühl will usually spawn associations, which have to do with skiing and snow covered, alpine landscapes. And true enough; Austria has some very nice skiing terrain. But this central European mountainous country also has some of the Europe's best fishing waters.
Come out of season - in the spring or autumn - and you can very well experience the fishing trip of the year. If you go anyway, as many European families do in the summer, don't leave your fly rod at home. Riding around in car or camper will no doubt bring you by many Blue Ribbon waters.
Read how I experienced Austria with a fly rod in my hand...
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Andy with a Seibling
Part 1 - meeting Austria... and Andy
Where I wet my first fly in the idyllic country and stay the even more idyllic Gasthof Bräurup in Mittersil.
Pictures of idyllic scenes from cheerful operas pass by my inner eye as I pass by the buildings on the mountainsides. Wooden houses, windows framed by colorful flowers, cows on hillsides so green it hurts the eyes. All set in a beautiful landscape and backed by mountains, which can make a flatlander like myself dizzy. Read the first part here...
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Krimmler Valley
Part 2 - Krimmler Valley
Where I see the breathtaking Krimmler Ache in the beautiful Krimmler Valley
The mountain river Krimmler Ache is a place of special and magnificent beauty. It runs through the Krimmler Valley from the glacier Birnlück. The valley, the river and the glacier are all worth a visit. Read about my visit here...
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My first Traun Rainbow
Part 3 - The cradle
Where I visit the cradle of European fly fishing
Names such as Traun, Gebestroiter and Moser have put Austria on the international fly fishing map. To find the roots of this heritage you have to go to the city of Gmunden. Gmunden is located on both sides of the river Traun and Traunsee in Oberösterreich just below the German border close to Salzburg and Munich. Read about Traun here...
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Before releasing
Part 4 - High quality fishing
Where I fish in waters beyond imagination
The quality of water, landscape and fish is beyond imagination and the lovely runs and polls are strung like pearls on a string over all 12 kilometers. The river is large and wide, and you have plenty of room to wade and fish undisturbed. I was there for three days, and met as few fishers as can be counted on one hand. And this was in the peak of the tourist season. Read about Traun here...
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CDC&Elk and waterfall
Part 5 - Three flies
Where I learn not to leave home without a Goldkopff
The gold bead nymph was a killer. I had tied up a handful in size 12 and 14 and they really did their job. A fly like that can draw fish out of the shadows under the trees, up from the dark bottom or into the free running parts of the river. Read more about the flies here...
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Waldhotel Marienbrücke
Part 6 - Contacts and information
Where you learn about places go and people to contact
Find more information, adresses and relevant web sites here...

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