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Chasing trout chasing Duns

Mayflies and trout, a combination intertwined in the legend and mystique of fly fishing. Neil Grose explains his theories on chasing trout feeding on mayfly duns. 

As we move into mayfly time, we can expect the magical times, the memorable times, and often the frustrating times as the mayflies we love so much begin to hatch in regular profusion.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

GREAT  AFTERNOON  SESSION  ON  THE  DASHER  RIVER 3/4/2014

After a fair afternoon on the Dasher River yesterday I thought it would be worth while to try it once again this afternoon. I have another friendly land owner who lets me fish his property and so I made the decision to try there today. I will have close on  two kilometers of river that I can fish and I'm hoping it will fish a little better than where I fished yesterday. The wind was much stronger and gusty today and this was good as it will put a ripple on the surface which is better than being flat calm. 

A  MUCH  DIFFERENT  TRIP  TO  MERSEYLEA  THIS  TIME 1/4/2014

I decided to head back to Merseylea (at 2.30pm) and have another spin along the same stretch of the Mersey River where I did fairly well for the Pirtek Fishing Challenge last Sunday week. On my arrived Neil Morrow from the IFS pulled up along side me and we had a nice chat for around 45 minutes before he had to head off. Neil was doing the rounds checking on the Anglers Access areas to see if they needed tidying up  or repairs. He did tell me that the IFS were very concerned about the amount of rubbish that had been left laying around at Lake Kara and if it keeps up, well it could well be closed to fishing.

JUST  AN  AVERAGE  SESSION  ON  THE  MEANDER  RIVER  TODAY 31/3/2014

Being the last day of March and  given that the conditions were pretty good I thought I would give the Meander River a go today after lunch. The weather was a little on the humid side with a light East to North Easterly breeze and very heavy cloud cover making it reasonably good for trout fishing. The only down fall was the wind direction, but in saying that it was very light and so it hopefully won't effect the fishing that much. 

MERSEY  GIVES  UP  A  BEAUTY  TODAY  FOR  THE  PIRTEK  CHALLENGE 23-3-2014

What a top morning it was for the start of the Pirtek Challenge, well it was here in Sheffield at 7.00am. It was almost calm with just a light to medium cloud cover as I left for Merseylea for my stint of fishing in the hope of picking up a decent size brown for the Pirtek Challenge. I wasn't expecting any thing over big even though I did spot a few very big browns surface feeding on hoppers the other day on a nice long and deep section of the Mersey River. That was my reason for going and catching the hoppers last Friday as they are what I was intending to use today.

Merseylea 21/3/2014

CATCHING  GRASSHOPPERS  AND  THEN  OFF  TROUT  FISHING
Shot off to Merseylea around 10.30am this morning armed with a kids butterfly net as I was going after grasshoppers and not trout for a change. It was very overcast and dull with rain not that far away going by the conditions.  Once at Merseylea I headed off through the tall grassy paddocks with net in hand and  started swishing it through the grass. Started to get a few but they weren't that big which was a little disappointing as there were much bigger ones here a few days ago. With it being cooler and overcast probably didn't help either. I did manage a couple of large ones and around thirty small hoppers, plus I picked up a few nice big black crickets. Trout just love these big black crickets too, and so they'll be the first ones to go on the hook. 

Kimberley 20/3/2014

SHORT  SPIN  SESSION  AT  KIMBERLEY
Left home this afternoon and was on my way to the Meander River for a spin session, but I didn't get there. While driving along the Bridle Track Road I had a change of mind and decided to fish the Mersey River at Kimberley instead. I thought I would just have a short spin session today instead of putting in a full afternoon on the Meander. I will do that some time next week. The river was low and clear and there was a light Nor- Easterly breeze which was just enough to put a light ripple on the surface every now and then. With the Pirtek Challenge on this weekend this was one of the main reasons I have been fishing the Mersey over the past few days, as this will be the river I'll be fishing for the challenge. 

Mersey River Report 19/3/2014

CATCH  RATE  QUITE  THE  OPPOSITE  FROM  YESTERDAYS  FISHING
With another day of howling winds I decided to go and see what the Mersey River had to offer at Weegena this afternoon. It's been quite a while since I've had a session there and I was looking forward to it as it normally fishes well at this time of year. Once there I strolled out onto Dylan's Bridge to check out the river and I couldn't believe how low the river was.

Merseylea Report 18/3/2014

CATCH  RATE  A  LITTLE  BETTER  TODAY 
With a forecast for strong West to Sth Westerly winds today I headed over to Merseylea for a mid afternoon session on the Mersey River. On leaving Sheffield at 2.20pm the wind had really picked up and I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge on the water today for accurate casting. At one stage I was thinking about not even going given the strength of it and knowing how difficult it can make the fishing. Then I thought what the heck, it's still good  practice casting in these conditions. 

Merseylea Report 14/3/2014

ONLY  TWO  BROWNS  FROM  SEVEN  HOOK UPS. 
Cloudy, humid conditions today made for a run over to Merseylea for a couple of hours in the Mersey River in the hope of picking up a trout or two. The river was still running low and clear and the rocky river bottom was just as slippery here like it was further upstream at Kimberley last Friday. I did see the odd fish jumping which was good, as it was a sign that there were a few trout about and so I might be in luck today.

Meander River BROWNS  VERY  FEW  AND  FAR  BETWEEN  TODAY 6/3/2014

With the forecast being for fine and mild conditions I thought it worth while to head over to the Meander River this morning for a few hours. I wasn't happy with the wind direction that came with the forecast though, South East to Easterly winds. I don't normally do too well with the wind from any easterly direction but I still thought it would be nice to have a session in the Meander any way.

MERSEY GIVES UP BOTH SPECIES IN A FIVE HOUR SESSION 7/3/2014

Headed of to Kimberley this afternoon to give the Mersey River another go at giving up a few trout. The river was running very clear and much lower than my last trip to it. The day was humid and overcast with only the slightest bit of a breeze from the Nth East which wasn't even enough to put a ripple on the water. I stuck with the rainbow pattern Rapala F3 again today as it has been working out well for me lately, and so when you're on a good thing then stick to it I say! I started off flicking the lure into a long run of fast water that flowed into a large pool and just let the lure drift downstream with the flow. I then slowly retrieved it back along the edge of the flow with a light twitch of the rod then let it drift back again and "'bang'" it was hit hard and I had my first fish for the session. After a short battle with this fish which was a rainbow (360gm) I soon had it in the net photographed and returned to the river. Another good start to a session I once again, but will it stay like this for the rest of it I wondered as I've been in this position (like yesterday Meander River) before.

Personal Best Brown on the Meander

     With a Nth Easterly wind this morning I wasn't even thinking of going fishing today until around 1.00pm when it died off. It was cloudy and now even a little humid and so it was on with the fishing clothes and off to the Meander River. Once there the sun had broken through, but there was also a reasonable amount of cloud around as well still making it pretty good for a spin session. The river was medium to low in height and running clear making me stick with the small Mepps black bladed Black Fury. 

Salmon  in the Mersey

This picture was taken from a friends Facebook page (with his permission). 

Mercury toxicity in Bream from the Derwent River

Hi Carl, I am a semi-regular reader of your column in the Mercury (don’t read the paper on a regular basis), but I have noticed at least two photos in recent weeks of people posing with bream which have been caught in the Derwent.
The Derwent Estuary Program, which is run in part by the State Government, publishes a pamphlet on the safety of seafood from the Derwent River.  I have attached a copy for you to read, but it is available at the following link.
The most important take-home message from this pamphlet is that it is unsafe to consume any bream caught in the River Derwent, as the levels of Mercury greatly exceed food safety limits (see the graph on pg 2).

Mersey River 11/10/2013

Given that we were finally gifted with a fine and warmer day and the fact that it hasn't rained in four or five days I decided to give the Mersey River a spin. So after lunch I headed off to the Union Bridge near Mole Creek in pretty good conditions apart from a strong westerly breeze.

Meander River report 29-8-13

Thought I would head off to the Meander River and a nearby creek this morning to see how high they were running in the hope of may be having a wade for a change. I have enjoyed several stints of bait fishing, but deep down now where near as good as being in a river chasing trout.

Merseylea 22/8/2013

Went back to Merseylea this morning for a few hours on the worm. Here's the result, only the one brown for the morning. I did head back this morning to Merseylea and found the river had dropped by around 3 feet and I could get to a nice little spot just below the bridge. Using a rig with a running sinker and just the one hook set up flicked out the two baited rods and sat back and waited. The weather wasn't too bad except for the wind that was starting to strengthen and it wasn't a warm breeze either. There were a few other having a fish here as well but after an hour they left empty handed.

DERWENT RIVER TROUT CLASSIC

The New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Association (NNLAA) is hold the first ever trout tournament on the Derwent River on September 7th – 8th. Run under rules and guidelines as per previously successful  trout tournaments it is a catch and release event with all fish caught to be photographed on a brag mat or measure with team ID and recorded on a score sheet. 
Teams fish from 7am through to 2pm each day and must return and place the team key tag on the board before the 2pm cut off or penalties start to apply.

Nice Couple of Hours on the Mersey River 7/8/2013

After August the 6ths wet conditions with some 44mms of rain in and around the Kentish area I thought another trip was worthwhile to the Mersey River once again. Left home in cool and sunny conditions and arrived at my ever reliable hole on the Mersey and had both worm baited rigs in the water in no time at all. The river was at least 350mm higher this morning than on Monday and I was a little unsure of how my little fishing hole would go as there was a fair flow of water pushing through it. I could see that it had been much higher too as there were the signs of flattened grass along the river bank and I could see the high water mark that it had reached. The Mersey had already dropped around 400mm from that mark which was good for me. Had it been at that height this morning I would be looking elsewhere to drop a worm. 

Destruction of land and river near Beaulah

Here is something that has really made me angry, and it is the destruction of the large grassed area along side of the Minnow River near Beaulah, plus the destruction of river banks from Off Road vehicles such as bikes, Atv's & 4wd's. These Morons and that's what they are do not give a dam of the damage they cause, not to mention the bottles, cans, car parts and rubbish that they also leave behind. This little river has struggled over the past few years from below average rainfalls to keep it in top condition and now it has to put up with this type of destruction.

Merseylea  Report

BRIGHT  AND  WINDY  CONDITIONS, BUT STILL  MANAGED  A  FEW 20/3/2013
After spending a few days on the East Coast and having a spin session in the Upper Scamander River without even spotting a fish over a kilometer of working the river, it was back to Sheffield a day earlier than originally planned. The wife and I left Scamander around 8.30 am and headed for home and once home the car  unpacked, then it was a bit of a rest, some lunch and off to the Mersey River.

Small and Medium Trout at Merseylea 15/3/13

I shot off to Merseylea late this afternoon for a spin in mainly overcast conditions and light winds, hoping to finally get a few fish and break my dry spell. Arrived around 5.00 PM and found the river to be low and very clear and it was clear of the green cotton like algae that I experienced at Weegena a while back. The river bottom was still covered in a brown slime and there was a lot of water weeds in.

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