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"Angling is an art - Hannah Ledger

and an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

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2016 02 12 Black fury Meander River brown Meander aBack into the trout after a week's lay off. 12/2/2016

After a week's lay off from lower back & hip problems I finally felt good enough to head off to the Meander River for spin session. Well, that was after my weekly (every Weds.) dose of around 40+ injections that help to keep me trout fishing the rivers. I had wanted to have an early morning stint but that didn't happen. I didn't hit the river until just on 3.00pm. When I arrived the sun was full on the river and the wind was howling from the north, not only that the river was running low and crystal clear. I wasn't too fussed about it because it was just great to be able to get back into a river again. 

The stretch of river I chose to fish today was a nice long stretch of water that had a mix of slow to medium flow and also a few fast water runs. The river bottom has a light shingle bottom which makes for easy wading and much easier on the body. After working my way upstream without a sign of a fish I decided to get out and head on to a nice long fast water that I know will be holding trout. I was back in the river by 4.15pm and it wasn't long before I had three nice little river browns caught and released. These were all taken from the shaded side of the river. 

It was just a matter of lobbing the little black fury within 6” of the river bank to draw them out then just let the spinner drift with the fast water while keeping enough tension on the line. I caught eleven in a row today before I lost my first fish, then caught one more and lost the next three before I called it a day at 6.45pm. The browns today weren't big fish at all and went between 270-290 gms and like all river fish they still put up a fight in the fast water. This long & very rocky run of fast water was well worth taking the risk of aggravating the back and hip too as it helped to add another thirteen trout to my seasons tally. I'm now on 472 for the season, my aim is to hit the 500 mark by the end of February..

This was the first stretch of water that I fished today.


Black fury Meander River brown Meander

2016 02 12 Black fury Meander River brown Meander


Meander River from Barretts Bridge Montana

2016 02 12 Meander River from Barretts Bridge Montana


The first stretch I fished today

2016 02 12 The first stretch


Trout taken from Shaded areas Meamder River Meander

2016 02 12 Trout taken from Shaded areas Meamder River Meander

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