Tenkara in Austria

by Dave Southall
(Driffield, East Yorkshire. UK)

As a tenkara convert of 9 months I decided to take my Amago to Austria. I already knew of the massive advantages of tenkara presentation in waters with tricky currents but little did I expect the staggering success I & my tenkara buddy Steve would have on the pocket waters of the Austrian Alps.

Steve shot video footage of me fishing with both conventional & tenkara gear. It was staggering how much more efficient short-line tenkara was. No need to do parachute casts, reach casts or mends & no splashing of heavy fly line; just drop the fly gently on the water, hold the tippet off the water and track the rod with the drift. 'Nudging' the fly into current seams was also simple. Drag-free drifts were easily facilitated.

On our first day on the Zembach near Mayrhofen I fished my conventional 10' #4 weight & had just over 50 wild browns up to 13" in 4 hours. The next day, on the same water, I had 22 fish to just short of 15" in 1 hour 30 minutes on the tenkara.

The highlights of the trip were:

A day on the upper Ziller near Mayrhofen when I had well over 100 browns to 13" in less than 4 hours & Steve had a similar number up to 15". All on size 12 or 10 black or tan Klinkhamers.

2 days on the upper Krimmler Ache, above the Krimml water falls when Steve & I had a combined catch of about 450 to 500 fish (2/3 brook trout & 1/3 browns to 14") on Klinkhamers.

Over the 10 day trip we had a combined catch of well over 1000 fish, with over 800 caught on the tenkara rods.

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Sep 19, 2011
Beautiful water!
by: TenkaraBum

Beautiful water. Impressive results.

I've just added another location to the places I have to go.

Sep 20, 2011
Tenkara in Austria
by: Karel/TenkaraOnTheFly

I love that area, it's where I picked-up fly fishing over 10 years ago. I stayed at the Braurupp in Mittersill and fished all of their private waters (every piece of water in Europe seems to be private), including the Krimmler Ache which is one of the most beatiful streams I ever fished.

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