What makes fly fishing so exciting?
"Fly fishing is the most pleasant method of fishing because of the direct contact with nature. Calm, constant movement and the ability to observe nature and the water - even the fish sometimes become an afterthought. Fly fishing is not about catching fish, so I'm releasing 90%. It's about outwitting the fish and choosing the right pattern for the fly."
What type of bait do you use for fly fishing?
"Bugs, mosquitoes, dragonflies, bees or grasshoppers. The lures are made of wool, fur, feathers, threads, wire or hair. They deceptively imitate the natural food of the fish on the water’s surface. In stretches of water or at times of day when fish search for food, especially in the water, nymphs are used to imitate insect larvae floating in the water."
Aside from the rod and lure, which five things are absolutely necessary for fly fishing?
"It doesn't take much. You don't need to carry bulky luggage, only what’s really necessary. I always carry my bum bag for the spare bait, waterproof pants and waterproof shoes, my vest and most importantly: polarized sunglasses. They remove the surface reflection from the water and protect the eyes. The swinging movement of the line often gives you a direct view of the sun."
Tips and tricks for beginners?
"If you are interested in fly fishing, you should take a course so that you don't start with the wrong casting technique. During the courses you receive rental equipment and can see if this is something for you. If you are serious about fly fishing, it is important to continue after the course because it takes a lot of time to master the technique of fly fishing.
It is important to be patient and not to have overly high expectations of catching a huge fish in the Falschauer stream. The main stock in these waters is brown trout and since the water is not deep, the average size is not the same as perhaps elsewhere. The fish are relatively small in comparison. And most importantly, be careful with the fish you do catch."
Places where you can go fly fishing in the Ultental valley
“Fly fishing is permitted in all lakes and in the entire Falschauer stream from San Pancrazio/St. Pankraz to Santa Gertrude/St. Gertraud, with the exception of the Fischersee lake and the stream from the bridge at the Kainz Laden store in Santa Gertrude. From this point on, the stream is reserved exclusively for members of the Ulten Fishing Club."
While locals need a fishing license and the fishing exam, guests can buy the license. This is valid for 10 years. Everyone needs a day ticket for fishing.