A very warm welcome to East Tyrol, the home of the original Tyrolean brown trout, the golden Drau grayling and the mighty Danube salmon.

A very warm welcome to East Tyrol, the home of the original Tyrolean brown trout, the golden Drau grayling and the mighty Danube salmon.
A very warm welcome to East Tyrol, the home of the original Tyrolean brown trout, the golden Drau grayling and the mighty Danube salmon.
A very warm welcome to East Tyrol, the home of the original Tyrolean brown trout, the golden Drau grayling and the mighty Danube salmon.
A very warm welcome to East Tyrol, the home of the original Tyrolean brown trout, the golden Drau grayling and the mighty Danube salmon.

In medieval times monks from the Brixen monastery set off and made their way up to 2,500 metres above sea level to stock up the mountain lakes of East Tyrol with brown trout. A colony of these fish has remained unchanged ever since in the lake at Anras, which is part of our Lesser Drau waters. Innsbruck University started to take samples here and examined the fish genetically. Since then research into the original brown trout, the continued raising and restocking of the fish has become a European project.
We now stock up exclusively with brown trout of this genus as subsequent tests have shown that it is best suited to conditions in the mountain streams and rivers and thrives particularly well here. It is hoped that, in time, we will manage to achieve the same success we had with the grayling. For years now we have been stocking our waters with one-summer-old Drau grayling – and are pleased to announce that we have the best grayling population south of the Alps.
Rainbow trout are now to be found in all streams and rivers in the Alps. Although we have not stocked up with rainbow trout for decades now, there is quite a population of steelheads in all sizes. They breed very well in our waters.
There are not many waters left in central Europe in which the mythical Danube salmon has survived. The Greater Drau is one of the last reserves of this legendary fish. Here they can find the water quality, the food supply, the deep runs and lies and, above all, the headstreams of the Laue where they spawn.