west-coast-river-report-bWest Coast River Report

Hi folks, I had one of those last minute moments where the moons had aligned and the boss was kind. I had been given a long weekend!!! So as you do, living on the East Coast, you plan a solo trip to fish a river on the West coast for the ever elusive sea-run trout (the grass is always greener they said). This was the time of year to go as the whitebait season is in full swing and willy weather had told me that the wind was going to be calm in the afternoon of Thursday and in the morning hours of Friday. It was on.

meander-river-2014-10-23-bMeander River slow going, plus disaster strikes 23-10-2014

Today we were greeted with a medium 10 knot Sth Easterly breeze and another afternoon trip was on the the way. This time it was to be a stint on the Meander River above Deloraine. Once there I was happy to see the river level was down by around 125mms lower than my trip here a week or two ago and it was just about the right height.

mersey-2014-10-22-cAnother fair spin session on the Mersey 22-10-2014

After yesterdays beautiful conditions and an average spin session at Merseylea I thought I would give the area of Kimberley a go. The morning was another cracker a day but I couldn't go until the afternoon anyway not that it mattered too much. As the day went on there was a lot of cloud building up and it was becoming quite humid and these are the types of conditions that I love to fish in. I headed off to the Mersey River and was in the river at Kimberley by 4.45pm and there was not a breath of wind, conditions were perfect. There was the odd light sprinkle of rain but nothing to make one head for cover. I stuck with the little Mepps #00 copper Black Fury as it's been working okay for much of the season so far. There were quite a few fish jumping in most sections of the river and so I new it was going to be a tough session after seeing that. Even the fly fisher will often struggle when the trout are jumping.

GOOD  START  TO  SEASON  AFTER  A  WEEKS  DELAY 

Well even though my back was only around 60% okay, I decided it was time to hit a river and have my first session for the 2014-15 season. Weather conditions were great in the Sheffield area today with overcast conditions and only a light breeze, so I headed off to the Dasher River around 1.15pm and was in the river by 1.40pm. The river was a slight light tannin colour and was flowing reasonably fast and much higher than I would have preferred. But I wasn't too fussed as it was just great to finally be able to get in a river and have a spin session. I chewed on a couple of Panadol as I started to work my way upstream casting the little Mepps #00 Black Fury gold upsteam and working it back and across the medium flowing sections of the Dasher.
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Small reward for the time spent in the Meander River 14/4/2014

Left for the Meander River this morning in bright sunshine and very cool conditions in the hope of picking up a few nice browns that will be in an aggressive mood. On my arrival at Meander it was still calm and sunny and around 8 degrees which was fine. I soon had the waders and boots etc on and was just reaching my entry point to the river when up came the wind and then the cloud moved in with it. I couldn't believe it, how come it's waited for me to hit the river and then decided to change to these conditions. I was glad that I left my jumper on that's for sure. 

South Esk 20/4/2014 

A few pics from todays fishing session at the Sth Esk river.
George and I caught 12 trout. I got mine on softies and George caught a few on fly.
Cheers Phil.
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South Esk River Report 21/4/2014

Arrived at the South Esk with George Papp around 11am and fished till 3pm. I used soft plastics, while George tried the dry fly. We managed twelve between us and i got onto a couple of beauties around the 3lb mark, which were kept for a feed. The rest were released. Saw a few moving on top to caddis and spinners. Caught mine on Berkley Black & Gold T.Tails,and George got his on a hopper pattern. All fish were in top nick and fought hard, but this will be our last trip for the season.

Cheers Phil Zanetto
 

 PB  Rainbow Trout Caught in the Mersey River  15/4/2014

Well I did leave much earlier today for another session in the Mersey River at Kimberley and I was in the river by 10.30 am this morning. I was going to come back to this area in a couple of days, but this morning I decided to go back and start fishing from where I finished up yesterday. Conditions were much cooler today and there was a cold Easterly breeze blowing too. The good thing about where I am going to fish today, is that the river is sheltered from Easterley winds. 

I've had better days 10/4/2014

After a day and a half of light rain and drizzle, it finally eased off this afternoon so I headed off to Merseylea for a short session before the rain returned as forecast. There wasn't any wind to worry about and it was still quite mild as well making ideal conditions for a spin. The Mersey was running nice and clear and I did notice a few small browns jumping in a couple of sections upstream, so I new there were a few fish about. 

DASHER  RIVER  GIVES  UP  A  FEW  BROWNS 2/4/2014

After the weather finally cleared here in Sheffield today I headed on over to the Dasher River  (at 3.15pm) some ten minutes from home at Claude Road.  After a one kilometer walk through the paddocks I reached my starting point where I would fish my way back upstream to the main road bridge. I was a little surprised to how low the river level was especially after last weeks 57mms of rain here. It was also a very dark tannin colour too, but still looked good enough for a spin. The sky was now clear and there was just a medium South Westerly breeze blowing which was enough to keep those little pesky flies away that hang around the cow paddocks.

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. 

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