In the flat runs, the stream was quite shallow
at around 40cm deep. There were some deeper
pools along the way but not many were deeper
than 1meter. The river bed was mostly gravel
and very easy to wade, too.
The water temperature around noon was 9c.
Activity was pretty high. Thanks to the gentle
flow, fishing with #14 fly was most comfortable.
In some pools trout were rising eagerly to
small midges. That was when #16 bivisible
had a role to play.
7 out of 10 fish were rainbows, with the rest brownies. The ave size was
modest at 25cm. Ah, as we headed out of the hotel, we were suggested to
bring fish over 30cm to the kitchen. Well, could that be why?
The river has its source in the glacier bearing
white peak, where you can enjoy sking even
at the height of the summer. That means the river becomes silty when the temperature is high, but in
late September when we visited, there was no more snow melt and we could
enjoy clear water the whole day.
We were advised to try the stretch a few
miles up stream, near the settlement of Juns.
In comparison to the upper most part of the
river, near the ski resort of Hintertux,
the water there was much calmer and easier
Tuxbach is a small stream by any standard. Although we didn't see any trophy fish,
the river is densely populated with visible
holding fish. I suspect most must be stocked fish but
that said, ones around 30cm were having quite
nice fins and behaving like wild ones. It's not a bad deal to soak up the air of
Tirol in a carefree manner.
This one is a nice plump 31cm. She could
perhaps go to the hotel kitchen but, giving
credit to its lovely fins, we suspended the
sentence till she takes our fly next time.
In the heart of Tirol lies the valley of Tuxetal. The river Tuxbach runs
through the valley, carrying the snowmelt from the Brenner mountains, bordering
The guesthouse in the village of Lanersbach
is named quite appropriately as Forelle,
meaning Trout. Around this area, the river
runs gently meandering through meadow fields
in a typical Tirol landscape.