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Fly Fishing

'Tights Lines' on the Grossarler Ache

Masters of the sport and beginners can try their hand on our own stretch of the river. The Grossarler Ache has a fishing area of about 18km in length and is supplemented by numerous tributaries in peaceful side valleys. It is a typical mountain stream that meanders along its upper course. A small lake close to the top end of our fishing area feeds the river. This ensures optimal water conditions during the fishing period from 1 May to 30 September.
The Grossarler Ache supports a huge amount of fish, primarily brown trout and Arctic char, although grayling can also be found in certain sections of the river. On the equipment side, we recommend 4wt. and 5wt. lines as these are ideal for fishing with dry flies as well as wet flies and nymphs.

Since we place great value on nature conservation, we prefer all fish to be released back into the water. However, anglers can of course bring their fish back to the hotel where our chef Walter Viehhauser will be delighted to prepare them in accordance with their wishes.

In cooperation with Austria Guiding we offer multi-day fly fishing courses as well as one-day guidings. Course instructor Urs Zulian is a certified EFFA Europe fly casting instructor and will be on hand to provide fishing novices with help and advice. Expert fishermen and women will be entranced by the breath-taking Alpine location.

You find an inner stillness, cast your line, and the water becomes your entire universe.

Grossarler Ache Fishing Waters

Area A
From the Kösslerhäusl Museum downstream to the boundary.
Approximately 7km of the Grossarler Ache plus the junctions with various tributaries from the valleys. The water's flow ranges from slow moving to fast and turbulent (width = 3 to 14m).
Predominantly mountain river trout, some grayling and char

Area B
Kösslerhäusl Museum to the head of the valley, including Ötzlsee Lake
5-acre lake only accessible on foot, and a 17km stretch of the Grossarler Ache. This stretch is strictly fly fishing and catch and release only.
River trout, Arctic char, brown trout, and some grayling

Fishing season: 1 May – 30 September

Additional information:

Fishing is permitted only during daylight hours. On Ötzlsee Lake fishing must take place from the shore. Belly boats are strictly out of bounds! Fishers may not carry or use keep nets on any stretches Fishing permits are issued in the name of the holder and are non-transferable.

Jon Beer, author of ‘Trout and Salmon’, was a guest at the GROSSARLER HOF and scrutinised the Großarler Fischwasser.


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