After six years of fishing the northern parts of Sweden we wanted to do something new, something different, something warm and probably without the company of thousands of mosquitos.
But where to go?
Austria? – too expensive
Slovenia? – much too expensive
England? – even pricier
Ireland? – probably, but with or without a car
Denmark? – boring and so on….
In the end we decided to visit the Alps and fish what ever would come up. Reasonable idea but more difficult to achieve than we thought. Italian fishing rules are a mess and information from the internet is as trustworthy as Berlusconis pre-election promises. First of all you need a general italian fishing license. This one is easily done in most of the tourists offices (cost you 32€ / 10 years). Then comes the crux. Where to get the daily permit for the rivers and lakes and which parts are only privat and which not… In some cases the internet might help, but never trust the prices you’ll find! The third difficulty is a membership in the general italian fishing “federation” (FIPSAS). It costs 30€ but when you have it, most of the daily permits are much cheaper or in some cases you can’t even buy them without the membership.
Some good and really useful websites:
www.circolo-pesca-brunico.it/de/ You can also become a FIPSAS member there and you will be welcomed by the members. They all like to share their knowledge!
We both had a 3 and a 5 weight rod with us, which seemed to be enough. In case of the 3# I would recommend a really short one because you will find yourself fishing some seriously narrow wooden tunnels. I also had a sink tip line with me which can be of use when you are fishing the lakes.