Wild brown trout on the Upper Mersey

Upper Mersey, hot conditions, cool water

Wild brown trout on the Upper Mersey

We love this shot, taken in January, 2018. During 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. Then, depending on the flow, the upper North and South Esk Rivers and their tributaries, just to name a few.

This time 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 hesitation.

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

This wild brown trout was caught on a 4 weight with a grasshopper.

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.

Dave on the Meander River

Luring them in

Dave on Brumbys Creek

Dave on Brumbys Creek

David fishes some lovely water in the Spanish Pyrenees, generally with lure, and he could land a small lure on a saucer.

This was invaluable in the tough conditions, as major rains were bringing up water levels, and within an hour of our first fish the water had turned to chocolate. Fortunately northern Tasmania is spoiled with numerous river and tributary options. We caught fish in a number of waters, and hooked up with a solid Atlantic salmon at the end of the day on Brumbys Creek.