With it still overcast, cool and light rain falling I decided that this hanging around waiting for the weather to clear up was over. I headed off to the Mersey River to fish a small stretch of back water that I felt would be holding at least one trout and may one or two more.. After arriving at the river I saw it was still running high and very fast then after a fifteen minute walk I was finally in the backwater at 10:15 am. This back water is now only around 60 meters long now as the 2016 June floods changed it from a 200 meter stretch to what it is today.
Still there was plenty of water belting down through it and it wasn't long before I was in there flicking a #0 Mepps Aglia Tiger Fluoro spinner around. The first fifteen meters things were quiet until I came to a nice shallow flat water which I was sure would be holding a trout. It only took one cast into it and two turns of the reel handle before the Aglia was snapped up by a solid brown. After a short tussle I soon had a well conditioned brown in the net, photographed and back in the back water. I did weigh it while it was still in the net, after deducting the net weight of 400 grams off the total weight it came up at 590 grams.. There was still light rain falling and it was looking pretty gloomy to the North West so I quickly fished my way up through the back water without having a single touch or follow. I was out of the water and back at the car by 11:50 am then headed for home.. So I may have only caught the one brown this morning but it was good to get the first of the 2018-19 trout season on the board..
Mersey River Merseylea
The stretch of back water fished.
First trout of the 2018 19
Flat water that gave up the first trout of the 2018 19 season
Nice 590 gram Mersey brown
Nice stretch of back water