The Lesser Drau in the Puster valley is not affected by glacial runoff and can be fished all year round. On average the river is 15 metres wide with a fast current that is interrupted here and there by large rocks, deep pools and eddies. It is in these pools that the brown and rainbow trout, grayling and charr lie in wait for their food. Big trout are fairly common and grayling measuring up to 50cm are caught regularly in the Lesser Drau. The river can be fished between April and the end of October. In late autumn, when water is at its lowest and visibility at its best, fishing with small flies can be a tricky but very entertaining challenge.


The Abfaltersbach beat is easily accessible and is not affected by snowmelt. In the partly wide riverbed you will find fine stocks of grayling.


The Lesser Drau-Abfaltersbach beat starts where the Badbach flows into the Drau at the sawmill in Abfaltersbach and stretches downstream for about 6.3km to where the Kristeinerbach joins it. The lake at Anras, the home of the original Tyrolean brown trout, is also part of this water, located at an altitude of roughly 2,500m. Artificial dry or wet fly, nymphs or streamer are permitted, all with no barb. Weights are not allowed.
Distance from the hotel: approx. 15km

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