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.