For many people, fishing is about more than just catching a tasty treat for the pan or pot. There are few sports quite as relaxing as fishing - and few better places for it than the mountains of Tirol. What could be better than settling down on the shores or an alpine lake or rushing stream and waiting for a bite?
The line is cast, the sun is shining and the views are truly breathtaking as the mountain peaks reflect on the surface of the water. Tirol is a haven for fishing enthusiasts with to its rushing streams, calm lakes, fresh air and spectacular landscape. Keen anglers can gaze out over the meadows and mountains as they patiently wait for a tug on the line – the perfect way to get away from it all for a few hours.
Tirol's rivers and lakes are home to a wide range of fish species, including trout, grayling, Danube salmon and artic char. The calm waters found in the east of the region, the Unterland, have large populations of pike, perch, perchpike, carp and tench. Local anglers generally fish using weighted flies.
Anglers keen on fishing in Tirol's waters require a permit (generally issued as a guestcard or day card) from the owner of the lake or river, must be members of the Tirolean Fishing Association and must attend a course on correct fishing practice and technique. However, there is also an easier way. Many private fishing areas, for example, do not require anglers to have a license at all. Public and private fishing waters can be found throughout Tirol. Below we have put together a small selection.