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Flyfishing in Braurup, Austria!

Posted on 11 October 2010 by Vincent

Last week I went to Austria, to spent some time on the prestine waters of the salzach and it’s many little streams. We booked a week in the well know Bräurup hotel in Mittersill. After the summer, when all the snow has melted, the salzach is at a level where you can fish it. During the summer months, the fishing on the salzach is nearly impossible because of the melting snow. This results in white water, and high water levels. Altough the locals still fish the salzach during this period, fishing is very hard!

Snow

When we arrived in Austria we immediately saw the mountain tops covered with snow. A beautiful sight, but when all that snow melts, the rivers will get stained! The weather forecast said there would be some nice sunny days, so we were affraid that would affect our fishing.

Snow covered mountain tops

Snow covered mountain tops and the Föhn clouds on the background, wich caused a lot of wind

Mountain streams and lakes

We planned to do some fishing on the many mountain streams and little mountain lakes that this area has to offer. The salzach would be our last resort, because we tought it would be difficult to fish this river with the given surcomstanses. After 2 days of fishing, we cought several nice grayling, brooktrout (called Saibling in German) and some brownies. But they weren’t big fish. Nice fish to catch on a little 3 of 4-weight rod, but he big browns of the salzach were hounting us in our dreams! So we decided to give the salzach a try.

First brown

The first brown

First brooktrout

First little brooktout

Getting down

Getting down fast and deep was important when fishing the deeper pools with nymphs

Fish!

Fish!!

Hennies brown

Hennie with a nice brown

The same fish a few minutes later

The same fish a few minutes later, cought twice in 5 minutes, both on a dry!

Hintsee

The hintersee

Leni See

Cristal clear water in the Leni See

salzach

The salzach was stained. It was white. First day, we’ve decided to give a couple of big CDC dries a try. Of course, this was a bad idea. No fish were interested in our dries. After this disappointing try, we spoke a young couple in the hotel. They had a good day with some heavy (5mm tungsten head) flies and an unweighted red worm above it. So we tried this setup, and it worked! The first nice rainbow and grayling were caught, and one of us cought a nice brown.

Big 72 cm brown from the Salsach

This big brown was caught on the salzach. 4,2kg and 72cm. A big fish!

Salsach rainbow

The first rainbow on the salzach. Small but strong!

Bert's nice brown

Bert’s nice brown

The downside of this setup is that you lose a lot of flies. And those tungsten flies ain’t cheap! The funny thing was that all the fish took the unweighted fly. We booked a guide for some tips and he explained us his own system. It’s a red worm, or any other big unweighted fly, with one or two splitshots (1-1,5 grams) as a dropper. This way only the splitshots get stuck between the rocks. The nice thing about this system is that the fish liked it! We cought several nice fish. I even hooked a realy big brown (at least 60cm), but as always happens with big fish… I lost it…

Salsach grayling

salzach grayling

Salsach brownie

Little brown from the salzach

Salsach rainbow

salzach rainbow

Another strong Salsach rainbow

Another strong salzach rainbow

Our guide Udo

Our guide Udo explaining Bert how to cast these heave setups without any problems

Krimmler Ache

Another big attraction of this area is the Krimmler Ache. It starts in the Krimmler Valley and flows trough the “Hohe Taurn National Park”. The biggest waterfalls of Europe (380 meters) are a part of this river. After all this it runs into the salzach. We’ve fished in the Krimmler Valley above the waterfalls, and beneath the waterfalls just before it joins the salzach. Both parts of the river contain large numbers of fish (browns, grayling and brooktrout). Altough most of the fish were pretty small (15cm to 35cm) we saw several big fish in the deeper pools of round 50cm. Of course these fish were allmost impossible to catch.

The beautifull Krimmler Ache

The beatiful Krimmler Ache

Small brookie

Small brookie from the Krimmler Ache

Dry fly

A small CDC dry was the fly of the day. The red tag seemed to make a difference!

Clear water!

Cows… no shortage of them in Austria!

Brook trout

Lovely colours on this brookie!

Getting down deep

The bigger fish were only caught on heavy nymphs, getting down deep was important!

Dark brookie

Bert’s nice brookie

Beautiful surroundings

Beautifull surroundings

Little brown

Little brownie on a CDC dry fly

Another Krimmler brookie

Another Krimmler brookie

Krimmler grayling

Krimmler grayling

Finkausee

The Finkausee is a nice lake (10-15 ha) which contains some nice grayling. A little stream runs into this lake, and of course, this is were most of the fish are found.

Finkau grayling

Yours truly with the first Finkausee grayling. Notice the nice colours

Hennies brown

Hennies brown

Finkausee grayling

Finkausee grayling

Finkausee brown

Finkausee brownie

Finkausee grayling

Finkausee grayling

Finkausee grayling

Finkausee grayling

Conclusion

I’ve spent a couple of good days in Austria. The hotel is perfect, food is good, and a large amount of water wich is all within a good drving distance (maximum 45min) from the hotel. I’m sure they will see me again in 2011!

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