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Fly Fishing in Austria's Traun River

Sunday, 26 July 2015  |  Simon

If you’re a globe-trotting angler, we’ll be providing some information about good places around the world for fly fishing, beginning this time with the Traun, is a river in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. With its source in Totes Gebirge the Traun flows through the Salzkammergut area and the lakes Hallstätter See and Traunsee. The Traun is a tributary of the Danube, which it meets near the City of Linz. Other towns along the river are Bad Aussee, Bad Ischl, Gmunden, Wels and Traun.

Any fly fisher will enjoy fishing for the river’s large grayling. The post office, the sports shop and small hotels in the near Halstatt are useful sources of information. This ancient lakeside village with its 950 or so residents is a World Heritage Site. Until the late 19th century, it was only possible to reach it by boat or narrow trails. However this secluded and inhospitable landscape is one of the first places of human settlement because it is rich in natural salt, mined for thousands of years, originally in the shape of hearts.

Visitors are informed that Hallstatt is the site of "the world's oldest pipeline", which was constructed 400 years ago from 13,000 hollowed out trees. Hallstatt is a popular tourist attraction and can be toured on foot in ten minutes. So there’s plenty of time left over for fly fishing.

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