The Gmundner Traun
The Gmundner Traun, the part of the Traun that is running out of the Traun Lake is known as the craddle of Austrian fly fishing. Its river keeper Hans Gebetsroither from Gmunden became one of the leading figures in European fly fishing and his fly casting style - the Gebetsroither Style(aka Austrian Style, in US misleadingly called Belgian Cast) had an enormous influence on the international fly fishing community around the world. After World War II Hans Gebetsroither's popularity grew continuously and in the 1970ies and he was probably the busiest fly casting instructor in Europe. People from all over the world traveled to Gmunden to learn from Hans Gebetsroither and to fish the mighty but usually always gin clear Gmundner Traun. After the building of the power station in Gmunden (the needle weir was replaced by a dam) the fish from the Traun lake were not able to run in and out the river any more and what was once one of the best trout and grayling rivers in the world is nowadays only a shadow of what it was like before.
The large wild brown trout (salmo trutta labrax lacustris) that entered the river to spawn before the dam was built cannot be caught there any more. Today the river is dependent on fish stocking as also the reproduction of the grayling seems to be not working any more. Nevertheless, the Freunde der Gmundner Traun, an international fly fishing club, who is the present tenant of the river does its best to make good fly fishing possible. The Gmundner Traun holds trout, grayling, some huge pike and different cyprinid species like carp, barbels and chub to only mention a few. It is still a river which attracts a lot of fly fishermen from different countries and I always enjoy to fish it when I am in Upper Austria.
April 1-Nov. 30
daily licence: Eur 80.-
Here you can get licences:
Gasthof-Hotel "Wirt am Bach", 4664 Oberweis, Am Bach 13, Tel. +43 7612 74503
Gasthof "Waldesruh", 4662 Steyrermühl, Kohlwehr 1, Tel. +43 7613 3143
More information: www.freundedergmundnertraun.at