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Atlantic salmon the hard way

Atlantic salmon the hard way

Scott McDonald
The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.

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Leven River - 30/11/11

With humid conditions I was undecided where to fish today, so tossed a coin heads will go to the Leven River and tails to the Meander River. Heads it was. On arriving at the Leven my usual area I fish was flowing very fast and having to cross it there was too risky, so I moved further upstream to another of my favourite fishing zones.

The river here is mainly fast water but it was wade-able and I could also get to the other side where the river has more access. Using a Mepps #0 Black Fury gold with black face and yellow dots I managed 3 nice plump little browns ( 320gms) in the first 20m of river, a great start to the day. Into the next section of river and 2 hook-ups for one small brown ( 210gms) and a few hit and misses to go with it.
The section of river ahead had quite a few long deep sections in it and was the colour of black coffee from the weekends rain, so fished the full length of these sections to no avail, not a touch. I tried several different types and colours and still nothing until the next stretch of fast water where I finally hooked 7 browns but only landed 2 of these, not a good strike rate I know. I caught one more small brown in the next run of river and then called it a day after fishing around 2 kms of river. This was not one of my better days, but still good to be on the river and catch a few in tough conditions.

 

 

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