Oxley falls, Mersey River

Cool waters in hot conditions

Mersey River Brown TroutDuring extremely hot conditions in Tasmania, it’s well worth giving thought to cooler rivers, streams, and tributaries. And they would be tail race rivers such as Brumbys Creek and the Meander River. Also, depending on flow, the Upper North and South Esk Rivers and their tributaries, just to name a few.

We decided to explore the Upper Mersey River in the Mersey Forest area. Water temperatures were a lovely 16 degrees Celsius, and the wild browns and rainbows were feeding without too much stress or hesitation.

Small mayfly patterns along with grasshopper patterns in some areas did the trick.

This gorgeous wild brown trout was caught and released, on a 4 weight with a grasshopper.

The image in the header is of Oxley Falls.

Tims wild brown Trout

Wild brown trout

Tim's wild brown TroutTim was very happy with this brown trout from one of our low altitude lakes in October. The first of the mayfly hatches and some very good brown trout on the chomp. Now, into December, the hatches are occurring at the higher altitudes.

River action has been very good, and in the last few days, was getting tough on some rivers due to temperature. Thank goodness for a few days of cooling rains.