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Fly Fishing


For us, fishing isn’t a sport, and neither a hobby, but it’s contact to the nature. We are trying to offer our guests a fishing experience in our fish waters, where the contact to the nature is immediate.

The Aktiv Hotel is keen on reducing the insertion of fish in our waters of a minimum, only to sustain the autochthonous fauna. The female farmed fish, trouts and greylings, are pressed out on the river, afterwards, the young fish are let out in the origin river. Our ambition is it, to beware of a rush of large quantities of fishermen, which damage the natural fish resource.

So we decided to limit the number of anglers per day in our fish waters. This lowers the fishing pressure to a minimum, so as not to stress the fish and not to trample the bottoms of the rivers, compromising the fauna.
Our philosophy is it, to preserve the natural ambiance, and it’s a tribute to our guests.

"The earth is not being passes to us by our fathers, but we borrowed it by or sons."

                                                       Capo Giuseppe dei Nez Percé

50 chilometers of exclusive private fish waters from the Aktiv Hotel Gargantini for fly-fishing in the most beautiful waters of the region Carinthia: Drava, Gail, Möll, Chalk Stream, Rosenbach and Vellach.



The service of accompany to the fish waters, base casting demonstration and flyfishing equipment for all our guests FREE




Lunghezza: 9 Km

Lenght: 9 Km Place: from St. Johann, continues parallel to the river Drau, water mouth in Ferlach.

The rules:

It´s solely allowed to fly-fish with one unique fly here. The hook is not allowed to be a barbed hook. It´s strictly forbidden to kill fish, the Chalk Stream is a “NO KILL” fish water.

The fish:

Brown trout:     *****

Grayling:    ****

Rainbowtrout:        **

Charr:      **

Danube salmon (Huco Huco):          *

The Chalk Stream is an unique paradise for fly-fishing; it´s affected by unbelievable clear water with drinking water quality and a beautiful, natural ambience where the water of the spring searches it way through the green of the nature. The littoral zones are a perfect place for refuges and spawn places for the fish. The large amount of trees and branches are a little difficulty for the angler, but offer to the fish (which generally eat wasps, ants, caterpillars and other insects, falling from the branches into the water) a natural food source.

The fly-fishing-zone of the Chalk Stream is especially filled with greylings, which can grow up to a length of 50cm. Beside really beautiful, autochthon brown trouts, there are a lot of rainbowtrouts and charres, which can reach unbelievable dimensions.

Ideal equipment

The Chalk Stream is an optimal water for fishing with a dry fly. The biggest trouts and greylings, instead, were taken with a nymph fly. Generally there are used middle-size-rods (8/8,5 feet).

Concerning the fishing line you are well adviced to use a size of 3 or 4, maximal 5, the end instead, should be rather thin for a better transparency (0,14 or 0,12), but it shouldn’t be too thin because when fishing with the nymph the possibility to catch some real big fish is very high and so we consider to use thicker endings..





Length:: 6 Km

Place: from the bridge of Greifenburg to the Radlach bridge and from the Greifenburg bridge down for 1 Km

Fishing season: 1 april- 31 january

The rules:

The fish water is in the salmon-zone, it´s only allowed using artificial bites, but you can use up to 3 flies or nymphs. For this fish water as well counts the rule NO KILL.

Present fish:

Grayling:           *****

Rainbowtrout:     ***

Brown trout:       **

Danube salmon:      **


This fish water could be defined a huge torrent with strong currents and some water falls. The water’s lever and it´s quality, change a lot in the course of the year, in the summer time, for example, because of the snow melting and the frequent rains, the river has a high water level. The best fishing season is the autumn, other good month for catching some big fish are March, April and May.

The fish water is very rich of greylings, which can reach especially large sizes, so the fishing is concentrated on this type of fish, as they frequently reach more than 50cm of length. The average size of the greylings in this fish water varies between 30cm and 40cm. Beside this beautiful greylings, the fish water is well populated by big and competitive rainbowtrouts and beautiful brown trouts. In the winter moths, there can be practiced the catch for the Huco Huco, the danubian salmon, which is very present in this waters. There are some exemplars over 20kg.

Ideal equipment:

Medium - size or heavy rods, with endings from 4/5, the best technique is the fishing with the nymph. Also the fishing with the dry fly is gainful, but depends on time and period. Rods of 9/10 feet and little stoneflies, ephemeras and hunting sedges are flies, which gain most.






The river Gail is very simile to the river Drau, with an average gush of water of circa 40/50 m³ per second, small waterfalls alternate with deeper and more turbulent water zones, so it’s an ideal river for fly fishing in all variations, from the dry fly to the streamer.


Place: headwater towards Villach

Fishing season: from 16th of April

The fish:

Brown trout:      ****

Rainbowtrout:     ***

Greyling:          ***

Danube salmon:      ***





Length: 3 km

Place: from 300 m above the confluence with the torrent Auenbach at Möllbrücke, to 100m under the railroad bridge

Fishing season: from 16th of April - 31 december

The rules: This fish water is an exclusive fly fishing zone, it’s only allowed to fish with flies (max. two flies) and with hooks without barbed hook. For this fish water as well, is valid the rule NO KILL.  


The fish:

Rainbowtrout:       *****

Grayling:               ***

Brown trout:        *


The fishing section concerning the river Möll is considered as a “tail water – river”, because of the bank dam, which redirects huge amounts of the water in the river Drau. The water, which remains in the river Möll, instead, is always clear and seldom high (only in case of exceptionally high tides) because of the artificial lake, of which it bunches out. The gush of water is always 4,5 m³ per second.

The river bed is always very wide, and the river flows creating small waterfalls and some flats, deep maximal 1m. This characteristics allow beginners of fly fishing, to fish in the river Möll as well. Even when the fish is very intelligent and wild, catches of big, wild rainbowtrouts and huge greylings, which come from the near river Drau, are not rare.

Ideal equipment:

For fishing with the dry fly, we consider to use a rode of 7,6/8 feet, an ending of 3 or 4 is ideal to enjoy oneself, the ending should be long at least 4 metres and terminate with a fluorocarbon-line or a nylon-line of 0,12, or at most 0,14mm. For fishing with the nymph instead, you should use a potent rod of 9/10 feet with a middle-long ending and a final of 0,16mm. This is the ideal equipment for being ready to confront the competitive rainbowtrouts, which populate these fast flowing waters.





Length: 4 Km

Place: St. Jakob - Rosenbach

Fishing-season: 16 april - 15 september


The rules:

It´s only allowed to fish with one single fly, without a barbed hook. It´s forbidden to keep any fish, this fish water, like all the others, is a NO KILL zone.

The fish:

Brown trout:      ***

Rainbowtrout:     **

Charr:        *

The fish water Rosenbach is a small mountain torrent, which descends from the Karawanken Alps. Our fishing section begins at the electrical generating station of Rosenbach and ends at the the Rosenbach´s water mouth in the river Drau. The torrent here is principally formed by small currents, small skips and waterfalls, with some beautiful holes especially beneath the waterfalls. The water is always clear and not very cold; this fact allows a major activity of fish as well in the winter months. The average depth is circa 30/40 to 70/80cm, the not very strong gush of water makes out of this place the ideal fishing water for practicing ultra-light fishing techniques. The shores are free and easily approachable and permit to move backwards along the river. The best period is from end of March/beginning of April to the beginning of November.

Ideal equipment:

For enjoying your fishing day at the Rosenbach, we advice to fish with the dry fly, with rods of 7 feet, a tail of 2 and a thin ending. This is the ideal equipment for to catch some huge trouts.