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Australia

Adrian Webb

Location:Sheffield, Tasmania., Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' Dasher River Starting To Fire Up.'' 13-9-15

Given that we had a beautiful day here with above average temperatures today I headed on over to the Dasher River just five minutes down the road for a short spin session before the V8 Supercars came on the television. I was in the river by 10.00am after a brief 15 minute walk through the paddocks. I started the session using a small gold Aglia spinner and had the first fish take the lure on the third cast. Two casts later in the same section of river I had my second wild brown trout on the spinner, it was soon on the river bank and then released. This was a good start to the day and just how I like them to start. I moved onto the next section of river and managed two hit and misses and a follow from another brown.

With the sun full on the river for the next couple of hundred meters that I was going to fish I decided to change to a #00 (1.5gm) black bladed Black Fury so it wouldn't reflect too much light in the water. This worked a treat for the next hour as I finished up having eleven more hits for eight browns caught and released before calling it a day just after 11.45am. I had only covered some 400 meters of river for a total of 15 hits for 11 hook ups and 10 browns caught and released in what was a pretty good session, and a short one at that.

They weren't big fish and never are in this great little river, the best one going 410gms. The average weight overall was around 360gms and there's nothing wrong with that either. So tomorrow I'm heading back there to start fishing again from where I finished today, I'm hoping that they will be just as aggressive.

cheers Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Sheffield, Tasmania., Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' My Best Days Trout Fishing This Season.'' 14-9-15

Another nice warm sunny day with a change forecast for later on tonight I was off to the Dasher River again to fish from where I finished yesterday when I finished the day with 10 browns.
I didn't start early, it was 9.45 am when I hit the river and within two casts I had my first brown on the little black bladed #00 Black Fury. A couple more flicks of the spinner into the same stretch of water only resulted in one more hit and miss. The next few runs didn't give up a single fish, yet it was really good looking trout water too. A few casts into a longer and deeper run and I was finally onto another brown which tossed the spinner after two leaps from the river. This was certainly a poorer start to the day than yesterday that's for sure.

The rest of the river I was going to fish was now in full sun and I'm hoping the blade blade will do the trick in these conditions like it did yesterday. I had several follows but they wouldn't take it so I changed to a copper #00 Black Fury. Well this worked because on the first cast I was onto a small brown, two cast later and another brown took the spinner. So the change of spinner seemed to have worked for now which was good to see.

As I worked my way upstream the trout shut down again and started to follow the spinner once again. The wind had picked up from the North as well which may have had an effect on them too. It was back to the black blade once again to see if this would get them back on the attack once more. It did as over the next 100 meters I hooked five browns and caught and released four of them. Long wide shallow water runs in full sun are ahead of me now for at least another 500 meters, I thought I would head back to the car and try another area that has quite a lot of cover along both sides of the river. I was pretty happy how I finished up here with seven browns caught and released.

By the time I had driven a couple of kilometers to the next area plus a 15 minute walk to the river the Northerly wind had really picked up, this was going to have an effect on fishing and casting the little black fury spinner.

Finally I was back in the Dasher River and commenced working my way upstream. The wind wasn't so bad once I was in the river because the it was protected by the trees and shrubs along it. The first section I didn't have see a fish but in the next small run I picked up a nice medium sized brown.

I moved onto the next stretch of water that was some 50 meters in length and around 300mms deep with a nice medium flow running down it. A run this long could be holding any where up to three or four browns at least, well it didn't today as it just gave up the one small brown which was disappointing. That's the thing with trout fishing, you come across runs and stretches of river that you reckon should be holding a few fish and the end result is just the one fish or at worst a big fat zero. On other trips here this stretch of water has given up three trout most times, but not today. Any way I was soon making my way back upstream working every bit of water that I thought would be holding trout. Most of them did too, by the time I had come to where I was ending my session I had caught and released another nine browns from eleven hook ups and several hit and misses.

It was 2.45pm when I finished up today in what turned out to be my best day's trout fishing this season. With 18 well conditioned browns caught and released for the day, it was a great day on the Dasher River with only four or five others being hooked and lost. This takes my season total to 54 since the 9th August when I had my first spin session on a river for the season.

cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial:' DASHER RIVER FIRES UP TODAY.'' 27-3-15

Another 17mms of rain yesterday had me heading off to the Dasher River again this afternoon for another spin session. I thought it may be on the rise, but once there it was still the same height as my previous trip. Today I'm fishing another long stretch of river on private property thanks to a land owner that I've known for many years now. The only difference to the river was the water colour. Today it was much darker, just like a strong cup of black tea. In saying that, I could still see the river bottom in most sections.
Today's session was over a one kilometre stretch of river which has a lot of shallow runs coupled with a few deeper (400mms) medium flowing sections. I started the session off using the copper #00 black fury spinner today, it's not a real bright lure but it is one that works well in this little river. The first section I fished was a short 400mms deep run and I had a hit and miss on the first cast and retrieve. The second cast to the top of it resulted in a small (270gm) brown taking the lure. This was a typical Dasher River brown, bright golden colour with bright red spots. The next cast upstream the back fury was taken again, this fish was bigger (340gm) than the last one. Great start to the session with two trout taken in the first stretch of river.
The wind had really picked up now which was making casting a little difficult with the little 1.5gm spinner as it meant I now had to adjust my casting to the wind gusts. Wait for it to drop then quickly get a cast in before it gusts up again. It's not just the wind that becomes a problem, it's the leaves and little twigs etc the come with it as they get blown off the surrounding bush. Often the lure will pick up a small twig or leaf on the retrieve which results in not catching a fish. It's days like this that I don't really mind, it's just another challenge for me to get through, plus it does hone ones fishing skills. The next couple of runs were very shallow and only gave a up a couple of hit and misses. Still, the trout are here and in an aggressive mood and that's the main thing.
Over the next three hundred or so meters I had caught and released ten more browns and lost three others. After catching the first of ten browns I lost three in a row which made for a change of spinner. The one I took of had been used for quite some time now and the trebles were pretty well worn down from continually honing them to keep them sharp. It was replaced with a brand new copper black fury, that spinner caught the next nine browns with the best fish going 440gms. The wind was predicted to get stronger as the day went on, and it did. It had reached gale force just as the BOM forecast. I fished on for another one hundred and fifty meters and caught and released another six nice river browns a lost one other, plus having several hit and misses. With the wind being like it was I called it a day. It wasn't worth fishing on any further, it was now near impossible to cast the little spinner upstream with the wind coming face on at around 40kph. With eighteen browns caught and released it turned out to be a great session in tough conditions. It has helped my tally reach 383 trout for the season. The little Mepps black fury did it's job once again.
cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial:GOOD FINISH TO THE TROUT SEASON.'' 3-5-15

After having 22mms of rain yesterday which was something I've been wanting for weeks, it couldn't have come at a better time. With the closure of the brown trout season today it lifted the little Dasher River by a couple of inches and put some much needed flow & life back into it. All I need now is that it brings the trout on the attack which I'm pretty sure it will. The river was a nice dark tannin colour, this meant a gold blade black fury was the lure of choice this afternoon.
The first one hundred meters it was very quiet without a sign of a fish, not even a follow which had me a little worried. This stretch of river that gave up nothing normally gives up a couple of browns. This had me thinking was I at the right area today, should I have started off in one of my other haunts of the Dasher River. Well I continued on and then I spotted a bow wave heading away from me from a brown that I had spooked in the shallows. This immediately lifted the confidence once seeing that bow wave I can tell you. The trout are here.

The next short section of river I noticed a brown sipping from the surface so I flicked the little Mepps upstream past where I spotted the rising fish. Within three winds of the reel I was onto a nice little river brown. Two leaps from the river saw it toss the little Black Fury much to my disgust, but at least I had a take which was a start. That's the one good thing about fishing these small rivers and streams the fish on the rise in them will more often than not take the spinner. Not like when fishing the large rivers when they won't even look at a lure. Onto the next run of water and it was a long shallow run in which I had three hook ups for two browns caught and released.
This went on over the next couple of stretches catching a brown here and there and having several hit and misses on the way upstream. It was looking like I could be in for a top afternoon the way it was going. Then it happened!! I was onto a nice solid brown and then the return spring in the bail arm of the reel gave up the ghost and failed. I couldn't keep any tension on the fish and it tossed the spinner. Not only that I was close on three quarters of a kilometer from the car where I did at least have a spare reel in the boot. So what was looking like a very good afternoon came to a sudden halt and I was on my way back to the car for a change of reels. Up until the reel packed up I had managed 17 hits for 13 hookups and 8 browns caught and released.

Once back at the car and a change of reel I decided to move on to another area a couple of kilometres up the road. This was on another private property that I have access to and has some pretty good runs on it as well. I have at least a two or more kilometres of river I can fish if need be here. This area started off in the same way as the previous area I fished earlier, nothing for the first one hundred meters before I had my first fish in hand. It was a small (290gm) well conditioned river brown with some very bright red spots down each side of it. The browns in these small tannin rivers are certainly beautifully coloured fish. As I worked my way over the next kilometre I did catch another 7 browns from 21 hits and 11 hook ups which finished my season on a good note. It was now 5.00pm and I'd had enough for the afternoon. The best brown for the day went 430gms with several others just reaching the 400 gm mark as well. These were all well conditioned fish too. The 16 browns caught and released today brought my season total to 485 which was an improvement on last season.

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Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial:'' GREAT SPIN SESSION AFTER A 10 DAY BREAK.'' 19-9-14

Well after a ten day break since my last spin session at the Elizabeth River (Lake Leake) it was time to get out of the house and have a spin session once again. It was a fairly windy day here in Sheffield but at least there was no sign of rain about. I headed off to Kimberley to check out the Dasher River next to the Bridle Track Road and is was running at a medium height and a very dark tannin colour. It was a little too high for wading there, so I headed on to a private property that I'm allowed access to the Dasher River. After a short walk through a few paddocks I was finally at the river, and it was the perfect height for wading which was a relief. The dark tea coloured water really looked the goods today and it wasn't long before I was in the river to start off the session.
I was using one of my older Okuma Epixor 15a reels today as I haven't used it so far this season and I thought it needed a bit of a workout. Even though it's around 7 years old and has done a lot of work, it's still a great little reel to use. My choice of spinner to start with was a small #00 gold blade Aglia which has a slightly larger blade than the black fury that I normally use. The first stretch of river that I started to work was a beauty as it gave up three browns in the first 40 meters which was just the start I was hoping for. Now I'm thinking, is it going to stay like this or is it going to turn into a fizzer from here on like it has on the last few trips here.
The next two sections of river gave up another four small browns as well as hooking and losing another two after that. Yes, all is going to plan and I felt that I was right on my game today too. There were no poor casts so far, given the very windy conditions. Every thing was going just great. The only disappointment was losing the last two fish that I had hooked. So it was a change of lure, on with the #00 Copper Black Fury. It wasn't long before this little spinner had a fish on and then another and another. This went on for the next five sections of river, I was on fire.
I had now caught and released 14 browns in one and a half hours of fishing. I decided that I would fish another two sections of river before calling an end to the session. Well the I managed to have four more hook ups and landed three of the four fish hooked.
I now decided to end the session after having 20 hook ups for 17 browns caught and released in what turned out to be a great spin session after a ten day break. I was pretty happy with how the day turned out overall especially given the conditions that weren't that easy to fish in. And I was right on my game too, because I did not have one poor cast for the whole session.
cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Kimberley, Tasmania, Australia
Product:Aglia Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: '' FIRST RAINBOW FOR THE SEASON.'' 28-9-14

With the weather forecast not looking all that flash today I wasn't going fishing at all, then by 2.00pm this afternoon it wasn't really too bad. So I darted off to Kimberley for a bit of a session in the Mersey River. The river had dropped by a few inches since my trip here last week and it was running clear. I headed to an area downstream from where I was going to start the afternoon stint and on the very first cast I was into a fish. It was a nice solid rainbow that hit the little gold Mepps #00 Aglia hard and fast. Well after a few leaps and runs it was soon in the net, photographed and released. Great start to the session and it was my first Mersey River rainbow for the season too which was good. This fish was in excellent condition and went 340gms and was a beautiful coloured fish as well.
The next run of water I hooked and lost a small brown and had a couple of follows from a few smaller fish that were only half interested in the spinner. I changed to a F-3 Rapala rainbow pattern and used that in the next two long stretches of river, but I could only manage another couple of follows from medium sized browns. So it was on with a Mepps #00 copper Black Fury, this colour has been the most favoured by the trout over most of my trips this season. Well two casts into the next stretch of water and I had another rainbow on and this one was a little smaller than the last 'bow. I soon had it in and quickly released.
There were now a few rain drops falling and it wasn't long before it became a little heavier and I thought it was time to head on back to the car. Then it stopped with a few minutes and so I continued on. Well I should have headed back to the ''Trout Stalker 2'' as all I could mange over the next five hundred minutes was five hookups (all browns) and lost every one of them. Every fish was lost on the second or third jump from the river, still that's trout fishing. It was near 5.00pm when I decided to finish up and head back to the car. In all it wasn't too bad today really as there were signs of a few more fish making an appearance which is good. The one thing that hasn't changed in the Mersey River here is the river bottom. It is still a slippery as ever and it does still knock the body around that's for sure. My Korkers studded felt soled wading boots are just great in these conditions, as they do make a hell of a difference than the old rubber soled waders. With poor weather forecast for the next few days I will be thinking about what river I may hit on the next trip.
Cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' QUITE THE OPPOSITE RESULT TODAY ON THE DASHER RIVER.''
15-10-14

After yesterdays disappointing results in having ten hookups for only the four trout landed I was determined to turn the results around today. So late this afternoon I headed over to the Dasher River and thought I would give it a go and see what happens. Well after a 35 minute walk to the river I was ready to hit the water with a little Mepps #00 copper Black Fury. The river was a tannin colour and just the right height with a reasonable flow of water. I was busy looking to see where I would start fishing that I didn't notice the big Tiger snake that was some five feet away from me until it moved.
Boy, that wasn't something I was ready for today that's for sure, but it that time of year and so from now on I'll definitely be on the lookout for them. This is the first time that I've come across one in all my years of fishing the Dasher River. I'm always on the look out for them on the other rivers that I fish because I've come across several of them on those rivers. So with that out of the way I started my session and completely wiped the snake from my mind. It wasn't until I had fished around one hundred and fifty meters before I had my first Dasher brown on. This was a nice 340gm fish that was beautifully coloured too, a typical red spotted Dasher River brown.
I managed another four medium sized browns over the next two stretches of water before having a couple of quite sections that only gave up one hit and miss. Then it all turned around and over the next four hundred meters of river I had a great run by hooking fifteen browns and caught and released ten of them. These were a real mix of sizes too, from 190gm browns up to 340gms and they were all well conditioned fish. I had turned the tables on yesterdays results and so it was time to call it a day. Fifteen browns caught and released from twenty hookups all taken on the Mepps #00 copper Black Fury, I was much happier with that result for sure.
Cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
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Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
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Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Merseylea, Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial:''A FAIR SPIN SESSION AT MERSEYLEA IN GUSTY CONDITIONS.'' 11-4-14

After doing the grocery shopping this morning and no sign of rain about I thought a trip over to Merseylea may be worth another go seeing my trip was cut short there yesterday. I decided to fish another section further upstream this afternoon and arrived at the Mersey River around 1.25pm to very windy conditions. Something I wasn't expecting, as there was only a light breeze at Sheffield when I left. Still nothing I can do about it, but it's going to make the fishing tough as it will be right in my face a s I work my way upstream. The wind gusts are sometimes strong and then it drops to just a light breeze so it won't be all bad I suppose. I'm only having a short spin session today so I guess I can put up with it for a couple of hours..
I walked close on a 600 metres downstream to where I would start my stint in the river and it seemed okay at the start of the session. I waded out to the middle of a fast water section of the river and started casting the little Mepps gold black fury from one bank and working a 180 deg arc to the other. The wind was doing it's thing too, strong gusts and then easing off to a light breeze then gusting back up again. This section of river was fairly wide and shallow and had a few still pockets along each side of it, and that's where I was casting the Black Fury. The with a slow retrieve and then just letting the flow do the work for me it wasn't long before I had my first (380gm) brown take the Mepps. I didn't bother to bring the net again today either as this area I'm fishing rarely holds any large browns. I did pick up another brown around the same size as the first fish taken in this fast water section.
The next run of river was a little deeper and much slower flowing and I didn't get a single hit or even a follow for the whole length of it which was close on eighty meters I reckon. I really did expect to catch a couple in that stretch of river too. Ahead of me was a very long stretch of fast water, and I just love fishing fast water. This fast water wasn't very wide and so I could work it from the one side and easily cast the little (1.5gm) Black Fury to the opposite bank and the slowly retrieve it back across the flow. It did have a few small deep areas on the opposite bank which I thought may be holding some trout. Those areas didn't give up a single fish at all. I did have a few problems lobbing the spinner into them on several occasions as the wind would gust up just after I had cast it. This carried the spinner further downstream (up to three meters) to where I had already fished with it. The wind gusts were now much stronger than when I arrived and started fishing.
The side of the river that I was casting from had a long section of fairly flat and very shallow (60mms) water along it and I decided to just work that water. Shallow water like this is most times over looked by the inexperienced trout fisher, as they think it's too shallow and there wouldn't be any trout in it. Well, this shallow stretch gave up six nice medium (ave.350gm) browns over some twenty meters of river. I was nearly back to the where I had parked the car and so I called an end (3.50pm) to the session. I had intended to fish on much further but I was happy with how the day had gone, plus I was sick and tired of the wind. Eight hook ups for eight browns landed, pretty good batting average for sure.
Cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' GREAT AFTERNOON SESSION ON THE DASHER RIVER.'' 3-4-14

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 kilometres 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. Once in the river it wasn't all that bad as the wind was going over the top of the trees and so most sections were reasonably calm. It wasn't long before I had my first brown on and soon had it on the river bank. I didn't have my landing net with me today as most fish here are rarely no bigger than 400 gms. So it looked like the little Mepps #00 gold black fury is going to be the spinner to stay with again today, well at least while they're having a go at it any way. The first five hundred meters of river gave up seven browns from seven hookups which I was pretty happy with. There are several stretches of river over the distance that I am fishing today that are just too shallow to fish when the river is low like is is at the moment. So I will be bypassing around half a kilometre of river all up.
I was now working upstream right into the face of the wind and hell it was making casting difficult. I was having to cast some meter or so to the far right of the river to allow for the spinner to drop into the zone that I wanted to work. This can be a real pain too, because sometimes just as one makes the cast, the wind will drop and then the spinner goes right into a bush on the river bank. But I stuck to it and did pick up another four browns over some three hundred meters from five hookups plus I had several hit and misses along the way. So far so good as that's eleven browns being caught and released from twelve hook ups which was good. Already passed yesterday's total catch of nine.
The next and last five hundred meters of the Dasher that I was going to fish turned at right angles to the wind and also had some cover along the windward side, so this was going to be much better for casting. This stretch of river also had some nice runs of fast water that are around 200mms deep and is a great area to fish as I have always picked up some nice solid browns here on previous trips.
Well, it didn't let me down again today either as over this stretch of river I had had ten hookups and caught and released six browns as well as having many hits and misses. The best brown went 520gms and the average weight was around 480 gms which is well above the average size for trout in this little river. It was now 6.20pm and the sun was now very low, besides I still had a fair walk back to the car so that's when I called it a day as much as I hated too. I would liked to have fished on further but once the sun gets low this time of the year it's not long before darkness sets in. I headed back to the ''Trout Stalker 2'' and I got back to it just on dark, so it was a good decision to leave when I did. Nothing worse than walking through bush and paddocks in darkness.
The good thing about today was the fact that every trout was over the legal size in the Dasher River something that I have never had in all my years of fishing it. So with the onslaught it had from the Cormorants and the very low summer river levels it may have done some good by evening out the population of this little river. There may be fewer fish in it now but the size and quality of them is much better which is great. So this was the best day that I have had on the Dasher River all season, 22 hookups for 17 browns caught and released made for a great session that's for sure and the Mepps #00 ultra lite did a great job once again.
Cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Merseylea. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' NICE WELL CONDTIONED BROWNS FROM MERSEYLEA.'' 7-4-14

With dull and heavy overcast conditions today I headed on over to Merseylea around 2.45pm for a couple hours of spinning the Mersey River in the hope of catching a few browns. The river was still running at a medium height and was a light tannin colour. The wind was variable and coming mainly from the North East which wasn't from my favourite direction either. The air here was fairly cool too which was a bit of a surprise as it wasn't too bad when I left Sheffield.
Started off with the same Mepps #00 gold Black Fury that I've been using over the last five or so trips now and I'm sticking with it as it's what the trout have had a liking for. The first small section of fast water that I flicked into gave up a small (240 gm) brown that was soon released back into the river.
The next couple of stretches all I managed was two hits for only the one hook up in which I lost any way. The section ahead of me was a mix of fast and medium flowing water and this one hundred meter run gave up five very nice well conditioned browns with the best one going just on 600 gms. I was pretty happy picking up the five browns with out losing any of them which was great. But that was where it ended, as over the last fifty meter stretch I had another three hook ups and lost every one of them. It was now getting close to 6.00pm and time to head back before it got too dark and so that was my day done. One thing that I did notice today was that there were no trout rising or jumping today. Did spot a few Cormorants flying over from further up the river which wasn't good.
I had forgotten that I was now back fishing at normal time than I had been fishing when daylight saving was on, other wise I would have left home at 1.45pm, and I could have fish just a little longer and a little further up the river. Just a matter of putting the brain into gear isn't it!!
cheers
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' DASHER RIVER GIVES UP A FEW BROWNS.'' 2-4-14

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 kilometre 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.
On the third cast I was onto my first brown and it took the Mepps #00 gold Black Fury hard and fast. This was a nice well condition little brown that went 350gms which is a fairly good size for this little river.
Then in the next small section of fast water that I fished I had another one take the spinner one the very first cast. Now this is how I like it and I'm hoping this run will continue for the rest of the session. I wasn't really expecting much as this little river had struggled through the summer due to the lack of rain in the area for quite some time. So it was good to see that the browns had made it through those very dry conditions. So I had now picked up two fish in very quick time and the next cast I had another one on, but then lost it just as quick.
Onto the next small run of fast water and the same thing happened once more, fish on and this one stayed one as well. Another cast upstream into the same small run and I was on again. These were only little browns of around 270gms, but they're still fun on light tackle and always fight to the end.
I had now caught and released four browns in the first 60 metres of river and this is how the Dasher used to fish most of the time. Then over the next four hundred meters it was very dead and all I managed was two hits for the one (290gm) brown. I did have a several follows, but the fish had all of a sudden turned off. I did try several different coloured blades to no effect and went back to the Mepps #00 Black Fury gold blade that I started with and that was the one that worked again.
I came across another nice little run of water that had a good cover along the opposite river bank and I picked up another two browns in quick succession which was great. I'm now thinking they're back in an aggressive mood again. I had now fished close on three quarters of a kilometre and picked up seven browns which wasn't as good as I'd hoped for that's for sure, especially how the session had started. I was looking to have caught at least fifteen by now, but it wasn't to be. Over the next couple of hundred metres to the bridge I did catch another two (260gm) browns making it nine for the two and a half hour session. It was good to get back and have a spin in this little river. It's a river that I always enjoy fishing even on a bad day it will give up a few browns like it did today. I sat under the bridge for around ten minutes watching several small browns leaping out of the river occasionally picking off the black spinners that were hovering above the river. This made a good ending to an enjoyable afternoon on the Dasher River.
Cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: MUCH TOUGHER FISHING TODAY IN THE MEANDER RIVER. 11-2-14

Clear skies,warm conditions and a North Easterly breeze wasn't the ideal conditions for fishing today that's for sure. But I went any way. Left home around 1.30 pm and headed off to the Meander River in the hope that the wind may drop by the time I arrived there at 2.20 pm. Well it hadn't, it was still there but not enough to make casting the little Mepps spinners a problem and that's what counted most of all. Nothing worse than trying to cast a light weight lure in gusty conditions. I thought I would try a new area today, one that I have been meaning to try for a couple of seasons now. By the time I walked to the area that I was going to fish the wind had dropped quite a bit but was still from the Nth East which was a pain in the butt.
The first section of river looked pretty good too, it was a nice long stretch of medium flowing water and it really did look fishy even with the sun full on it. I decided to try a different little Mepps spinner today, and so it was on with a black bladed #00 (1.5gm) Aglia Mouche Noire with a red tag attached to the trebles. Within two casts I was straight into a nice solid brown that stayed on for about fifteen seconds before tossing the lure. Still this was a good sign as it was a real aggressive attack from this fish and I was hoping that there may be a lot more like this in the river today. I moved on another ten meters or so and then in three casts I had hooked another two fish, but they too tossed the spinner.
I'm now thinking it's going to be one of those days, aggressive fish that hit hard and fast but are only lipped and don't stay on. Well the same thing happened again in the next section of fast water where I hooked another two browns with the same result. I am now really starting to get a little ticked off by this and so it was time for a change of spinner. It wasn't that there was any thing wrong with the Aglia Noire at all, it was only because the trout weren't taking it right into the mouth and staying hooked. When this keeps happening then one just has to try another spinner and see if it can turn things around in my favour.
On with the ever faithful #00 Black Fury (black blade) that I used on my trip here last Friday. This worked first cast as I was onto a nice medium (620gm) brown, and it stayed on and was soon in the net. Once in the net it tossed the lure too and so I did have a bit of luck on my side this time. I did take a photo of it while I was playing it out, and that's the only one I took as I completely forgot to take one of it in the net before releasing it. Ahead of me now was a very long stretch of rugged rocky fast water that I knew was going to be pretty tough going. This stretch would have to be one of the toughest stretches of any river that I have fished for quite some time, in fact I would say it was going to be the toughest for sure. Tough it was too! Even with the spiked felt soled boots it was still hard keeping my footing here, and to make matters worse I didn't even get a follow or site a fish for close on 500 metres.
I now had approx two hundred meters of this fast water left in the hope I could find a way out further upstream on the right hand side. I couldn't exit the river from either side of it as one side was just full on heavy scrub and the other was a three meter high river bank, so I just had to press on for the next two hundred meters regardless. I was totally buggered and it was as hot as hell as the wind had dropped right off and I was fishing in full sun, which didn't make it any easier.. One good thing that came out of the last thirty meters of this fast water, was it did give up five nice solid browns from six hook ups. These were all good fish of around 500 to 600 gms and these were in great condition.
At last I could see a way out of the river and it was on the right hand side, meaning that I could walk back to the car with out having to cross back over the river. It was now 6.45 pm and I had approx a 40 minute walk back to the car and then head for home. It had been a pretty testing day today, but in saying that it was still a good one as I did catch and released six nice browns and lost just as many too, plus it was an area that I finally got to fish for the first time. Also got to take some photos of a new area I hadn't been too before. It may be a while before I do again too seeing how tough it was on the old body. Still I now know what the area is like and it does hold some good solid browns and so it ill be worth having another spin session later on in the season, around end of March I would think.
cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: PB BROWN IN A TOP SESSION ON THE MEANDER RIVER. 7-2-13

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.
Today I was going to be working the fast water and nothing else as that's where the trout will be holding in these conditions for sure. The first section that fished didn't give up a fish, but the next section did. It was only a small (240 gm) brown, but it was a start and that's what counts. The next section was a deep run of fast water that tapered off at the lower end of it before it then ran off much faster. I flicked the little black fury to the opposite bank and on the second turn of the reel the lure what hit hard and fast from a massive brown. Now I wasn't expecting a fish of this size as the majority of trout have been averaging around the 300 gms and smaller this season, but this one looked ten times that size.
This brown then made a run straight into the fast water below once I hooked it, and I thought the 4 lb line will not hold this fish in this run of fast water. Then it turned and started heading back upstream turning the odds in my favour which was a relief for now. Any way after battling this fish for around three minutes (seemed like 30 minutes) and still not knowing if the line was going to hold on until I could slip the net under this beautiful brown, it tired and was soon in the net.
Wow!! what a start to the afternoon session this was. I have seen and had a few hit and misses from from large trout here from time to time, but never this size. After a few quick photos and then it was back in the water with this well conditioned female brown. It took several minutes working her in the water before I was satisfied to let her go on her way. She slowly moved off into the deeper run of this long section of fast water and looked okay. This brown went 2.9 kgs ( probably around 6-1/4 lbs) which is a PB for me in a river here in the Northern rivers of Tassie as my previous PB was 5-1/4 lb Brown taken in the Mersey River around 10 years ago. My best in the Meander was 1.3kgs. I was over the moon now and didn't care if I even caught another fish today, but I wasn't calling it a day as there's a lot more fast water ahead of me still to be worked.
The next couple of sections gave up five more medium sized browns and a very small Redfin Perch, plus hooking and losing three other browns. This is the first Redfin that I have caught in this area since Huntsman Dam was completed. I have caught them in the lower Meander River but not this far up in the fast water. I had now been in the river for close on and hour and a half and was reasonably happy with having caught and released the seven browns. I still had a lot of fast water to go though and was looking forward to increasing my catch a little (or a lot) more. I did just that as over the next three sections of the river I did pick up another six browns with the best one going 560gms and a few others that went 540gms, and also hooking and losing another four fish. So the river was fishing well and the fish were really aggressive to go with it which was great.
On to the next piece of fast water and I flicked the much battered and worse for wear black fury across the river and quack it was smashed by another big brown. Now this fish just screamed off downstream and was peeling of line quicker that I could move with it. With this area being so rocky it was impossible to keep up with this fish and it just kept on going with the flow. All I could do was keep the pressure on, but not to much as I didn't want a break off. I now only had half a spool of line left on this little Okuma reel (it only holds 110mtr x 4lb) and was starting to get a little worried what the out come is going to be. I just could not control this fish at all in this flow and after a couple of minutes of battling this big fish it was gone. It didn't bust me off as I thought it had at first, the spinner had come away from the fish as it must have been lipped. I was a little relieved in one way but also disappointed in another as I would have loved to have battled this one to the end. I reckon this fish was not as big as the other that I had caught and I reckon it would have been close to 2kgs plus.

Over the next two fast water runs I managed another brown (530gms) and a nice solid (620gm) rainbow that gave up a great battle before coming to the net. This fish I had to keep as it had engulfed the Black Fury and the gills were damaged. There was still a lot more fast water ahead of me that I would loved to have kept on working, but the body was starting to get a little too sore and so it was not worth pushing it over the limit and making it any worse for wear. There's always another day to come back and fish the area, plus it was now 6.30pm and it had been a very good session too. Fourteen browns and a nice rainbow was a pretty rewarding afternoons fishing that I was pretty happy with. The best thing was that the trout were in the bigger size range than most trips so far this season which was a good sign.
Cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander & Montana, Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:FINALLY GOT BACK TO A RIVER FOR A SPIN SESSION.
23-1-14

Well after a thirteen day lay off from working on the house I finally got back to have a spin session in a river today. I must admit I was having a tough time of it not being able to get to the river over that time too. So this afternoon I set off to the Meander River and fished a six hundred meter section of mainly fast water above the bridge. Being a bright sunny day I knew it would be the main area that would be holding a few fish today. When I arrived the sun was full on the river and there was very little shade at 3.30pm and it would stay like this here until around 5.00pm.
The river was much lower than my last trip here and it was running very clear as well, but still had good flow and plenty of fast water to flick and work the little copper #00 Mepps Black Fury into. The first thirty meters didn't fair that well and it wasn't looking good at this stage, plus a Nor- Easterly had sprung up which didn't impress me either. Anyway I wasn't chucking the towel in this early and kept on working the fast water and it wasn't too much longer before I had my hook up. It was only a small (230gm) brown but I had broken the ice which was the most important thing to me. I continued on working the fast water for the next five hundred meters and fished up catching and releasing another six small browns and lost three others. So it wasn't a bad start after nearly two weeks of not being able to have a session.
I would have fished on further but noticed someone fishing a few hundred meters further upstream and so I decided to move to another area some five kilometres downstream. When I arrived there it was all nice and shaded which was great as I this was much better than full on sun and the wind had also gone. It was now 5.20pm and I thought I would fish two separate sections of river in this area which would take at least a couple of hours. The river here was much easier to wade as the river bottom was not covered in large rocks like the last area and it was much nicer in the shade too. Three casts later and I had my first fish on here and this was a solid little (310gm) brown. Twenty meters further and I had another brown (280gm) on the little copper Black Fury. Things were looking good and I'm thinking that this is going to be a better stretch of river than the last one that I had just fished. Well, it didn't turn out that good after all as I could only manage two more small browns over the next three hundred meters before I decided to move on to another spot around a kilometre further upstream.
This section was also well shaded and had a nice long run of medium flow with a small run of fast water at the top end. Well I worked this stretch of river right up to and including the fast water section at the top end and all I could manage was three hook ups but lost ever one of them. This is when I did decide to through in the towel and call it a day. It was now 7.10 pm and I had really had a fair day on the Meander River really, plus I was feeling sore (lower back) and so it was a good decision to stop now as there's another day tomorrow isn't there!! Eleven trout caught and released for the session I was happy with that and it all adds to the season's tally. I'm down on last season at the moment but still have a total of 215 trout so far this season and with another three months to go I should build it up a lot more yet hopefully. Mepps lures have helped me to win the fishing club trophy for the past 7 years in a row and I'm sure they'll get me there again this season to make it 8 in a row.
Cheers
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Weegena, Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:'' TOUGH FISHING CONDITIONS PRODUCES A FEW TROUT.'' 30-1-14

Finally after a week or more of bright clear days and warm weather conditions today I woke to overcasts conditions at last. Had a few things to do during the morning and so I didn't head off to the Mersey River at Weegena until just after 1.00pm. When I arrived at Dylan's Bridge there was already two cars parked on both sides of the bridge ruling out my fishing this area much to my disappointment. I stood on the bridge for a while watching fish rising and jumping in most sections of the river above and below the bridge which meant there were a lot of insects at water level.. With the trout rising and jumping I knew it would make for a tough day on the water any way, even more so being a spin fisher. Decided to head back to the car and go to a property further upstream that I am lucky enough to be able to fish thanks to the land owner, and have around two or more kilometres of river all to myself. It does involve quite a tough walk to the river, but once there it's always well worth the effort as it's such a beautiful area. Even if one doesn't pick up a fish it's still a great place to be. The only killer is the tough walk back up the hill to the car after being in a river for three or more hours that it usually takes me to fish this area.
Well after a 1.5km walk to where I was going to start my fishing session the clouds had decided to part letting the sun break through to hit the water, not what I wanted that's for sure. I decided to use a #00 Black Fury with a black blade today given the clear water and the fact that there were a lot of black spinners hovering above the river and that's what the trout were feeding on. There were still quite a few cloud patches covering the river so it wasn't all bad for now. The first few sections of river were all good fast waters that normally produce a few hook ups. Well after working them for close on an hour I had not had a single hit or even a follow. There were a few medium size trout leaping in this area too, so it was going to be touch and go whether I would get a hook up today.
Then the next section that I fished was a nice run of fast water on a bend in the river and this water here has always given up a fish. It didn't let me down this time either as on the forth cast I was onto a nice medium sized (440gm) brown. This was a relief as I wasn't feeling that confident after that first hour of fishing. Quick photo and this fish was on it's way and I was onto the next section of shallow fast water. After a few cast I had a hit and could feel a very light drag on he lure and knew it was a fish, but it felt like a very small one at that. It was small too, actually it was one of the smallest fish that I have ever taken on a spinner. This was a little rainbow that would have been just on 100mm in length. This was a good sign really as it shows that there has been some natural spawning happening in the system.
The cloud had now completely gone and with full sun now on the river the next kilometre of river was pretty tough going both fish wise and wading, the fish were few and far between and the rocky river bottom was like an ice skating rink. I did manage to catch four browns and a solid (510 gm) rainbow all of which were released over that kilometre of river. Round rocks that move under foot are bad enough, but when they're covered in slime it doesn't make it any easier that's for sure. I was now back at the area where I exit the river to start my walk back to the car. I thought I would have a few more casts into one more small section of fast water before I crossed over the river and headed back through the bush and up the hill. Luck was on my side in this piece of water as I hooked into another solid (490gm photo & released) rainbow which was a reasonable end to a pretty tough day on the Mersey River. Even though the conditions and the fishing were tough going today, it was all well worth the effort that I put into it, and yes I'll definitely do it again too no matter how much it hurts me.
Cheers
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Kimberley, Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: '' SHORT SESSION ON THE MERSEY RIVER.'' 10-1-14

I was sitting home today waiting for some cloud cover to move in late this afternoon so I could go and have a spin session in the Mersey River near home. The forecast was for a chance of rain and a thunderstorm. Well by 5.30 pm it still hadn't arrived and so I decided I would shoot down to Kimberley and give the Mersey a couple of hours of spinning. With the sun being much lower now I knew I would be fishing the shaded area of the Mersey River at Kimberley for most of the spin session. The worst part though, was going to be the walk through the long grass to get to the river. Just hate the long grass on warm days especially when it's waist high too.
The area I was heading to is only around ten minutes from Sheffield and so I was in the river by 6.00pm and by 6.05pm I had caught my first fish and this was taken on a brand new Mepps #00 copper Black Fury. Yes I changed the other one as it had done it's job and was starting to show signs of it too as it had caught close on 40 trout. It was a small (280gm) rainbow which I photographed while still on the spinner and then quickly released the little fella. Had another hit and miss in the next section of fast water before I picked up a small (360gm) brown which tossed the lure once it was netted. It too was released for another day hopefully.
As I worked my way on upstream I noticed there were several trout on the rise and others leaping from the river feeding on the Black Spinners that were hovering above the water. This is when it gets tough for the blade spin fisher like me as they are too busy feeding on those insects. Great time for the fly fisher now. So I will just concentrate more on the fast water sections, I do know that the fast water holds trout at most times of the day. It's just a matter of knowing were to cast and how to work the spinner in it.
With the weather now getting much warmer the trout will be holding up in these runs as the water is cooler, plus there's also more oxygen in the fast water caused by the turbulence of it. The long slower stretches get warm and there's less oxygen in them during hot weather. Well, I only fished on for another couple of hundred meters and lost three fish in a row before picking up another small brown and a rainbow before calling it a day at 7.30pm. It wasn't a bad session considering I only fished for around one and a half hours I suppose.

Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Merseylea. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial:'' FINALLY BETTER CONDITIONS TO BE ON A RIVER.'' 7-1-14

What a great day it was here in Sheffield today with hardly a breath of wind and warmer conditions. After spending another few hours working on the house in the morning I thought I was worthy of a late afternoon session on the Mersey River. Headed off around four o'clock. I hit the river at Merseylea close on 4.30pm and was greeted with a light Nor-Westerly breeze. The river was just the right height and was slightly discoloured from a full days rain last Sunday which made it even better for spinning. The area that I was fishing today has been running a little hot and cold over the past few trips and I reckon it's because of the amount of other trout fisher's that have been here in larger numbers than other seasons. Being the holiday period there seems to be quite a few more fishers on the rivers this season than in previous years. Now with the new Angler's Access areas on many of the rivers across Tasmania it has opened up a lot more sections along the rivers that were rarely fished by most angler's before.
Any way back to starting my stint of spinning and after the first 300 meters I hadn't sighted a fish let alone have a strike. I knew that the next section of river usually gives up a fish or two as it has a nice little run of fast water that flows under the willows and the trout hold up under them. It does take some accurate casting though, as one misdirected cast and your hooked into the willows, and if you have to go and retrieve the lure then you'll also spook the trout. It only took me three casts into a covered section before I had a fish on the Mepps #00 copper Black Fury. Not a big fish (270gms) but it was still a fish and the first for the session which was a relief. This fast water run under the willows stretches for probably 400 metres and I did catch and release another two solid little (310gm) brown and had five hit and misses as well before I reached the end of it and called it a day. It was now nearly 7.30pm and time to go home and put the feet up and prepare for another few hours working on the house in the morning and maybe, just maybe, sneak in another afternoon session!!!
I may not have caught a lot today but it was still a great afternoon to finally be on a river in much calmer conditions.
cheers
meppstas

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: MEANDER RIVER FIRES UP TODAY. 8-1-14

After putting in six hours on the house today which is now nearly finished I new I deserved a trip to the Meander River for a spin session. Arrived on the river close to 4.15pm and as I was about to enter the river when I came across a couple of other trout fishers who had just fished the section of river that I was heading to. Now I don't normally fish an area that has already been fished, but when they told me that they never caught any thing at all, well this made for a challenge to see if I could pick up a few fish on the Mepps #00 copper Black Fury.
The first fifty meters of river I fished didn't show any signs of me catching any either as I did not spot a fish at all. But then with a cast across a nice piece of fast water and just letting the little copper Black Fury drift with the flow I was onto a nice rainbow that once landed tipped the scales at 580gms. Was this going to be it, or was I going to pick up a few more fish over the next 800 meters of river that I intended to work at. Two casts later and I was onto a small brown and then another on the very next cast as well and this was still in the same piece of fast water. Kept on working my way upstream and cast the little spinner directly upstream and parallel to the river bank and picked up another brown and this one was a nice solid river fish that went 490 gms. So over the last 20 meters of river I had already caught three browns and one rainbow and I was pretty happy with that too.
Ahead of me now was all fast water and I was very confident that this water was going to give up a few more fish before I reached the end of it. It did too. The next 600 meters gave up another seven browns plus I had hooked and lost six browns and two rainbows as well as having a dozen or so hit and misses. It was now 7.10 pm and so I called it a day and a good one at that it was.
It was a good decision to take up the challenge to see if I could pick up a fish or two in a stretch of river that had recently had two other trout fishers in it. Better still was the fact that I did catch fish that they couldn't manage to do which made it even better again. I did keep the rainbow and the 490 gm brown for my mate Craig so he can now fire up his smoker.
Cheers
meppstas

Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Merseylea, Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial:NOT THE BEST CONDITIONS FOR TROUT FISHING. 3-1-14
Well Craig and myself went for another spin session together yesterday in what wasn't the best weather conditions for trout fishing that's for sure. With a very strong Nor-Westerly breeze and a change on the way I thought it was going to be a tough day on the river, and it was too. We arrived at Merseylea close on 3.30pm and after a one kilometre walk downstream we hit the Mersey with the hope of catching a couple of smokers for Craig. The first section of river we fished looked like it would produce a fish or two, but it didn't. I did manage a follow from a small brown and poor Craig started his day off by flicking his Mepps #00 Copper Black Fury into a willow on the opposite bank. Luckily he retrieved it without too much difficulty.
The next stretch of the Mersey was a fast water and I cast into a small pocket of water that flowed around a log and instantly had a hook up from a nice solid brown that was a keeper. This fish didn't stay on though, as soon as it made the first leap from the river it tossed the spinner. That brown would have been close on a pound and would have been a nice fish for the smoker, but it wasn't to be. We kept on working or way upstream having the occasional trout follow the spinner but they weren't really that interested in them at this stage. The sky was fairly clear with a few clouds building up which is what I was hoping for, as once we had full cloud cover the fishing may hopefully improve. The wind was playing havoc with casting the light weight (1.5gm) Black Fury's and Craig was really having a few problems casting the lure with accuracy in these tough conditions. This was mainly due to the fact that he hasn't been able to get out and have a fish for so long due to his work commitments, but this will all fall in place with a few more trips under his belt.
We had now been fishing for around an hour now and I finally hooked and landed a smoker for Craig. This brown (380gm) was the ideal size for smoking too. Finally we had a score on the board and we were hoping for a few more fish similar to that one. As we worked our way upstream I managed another six small browns on the copper Black Fury that were just legal size and were nice solid fish, but I released all of them.
They weren't big enough for me to keep for smoking as 220mm legal size just seems too small to me, I would prefer to see the size limit increased to at least (11 inches) 275mms. Craig would have to had one of his worst days in a river today I'd reckon, as nothing went right for him at all. He did have a few follows, I said to him I think you had your spinner in the willows more today than you had it in the river. The wind gusts were the reason for a lot of this, as it would carry the spinner in various directions making each cast much harder for accuracy. He agreed too, it was just one of those days for him and hopefully the next trip we will see him bag a few decent fish,as he deserves to get into a few that's for sure.
cheers
"meppstas"

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River,Montana, Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: TROUT RUN A LITTLE HOT AND COLD TODAY. 26-12-13

Thunderstorms may have stopped me from doing some painting today but it did give me the chance to head off to the Meander River for a four hour spin session today. Humid conditions and hardly a breath of wind was what greeted me when I arrived at Montana around 2.30 pm and the river was the perfect height too. So all looked good for some quality fishing. The second cast with the little (yes again) Mepps #00 copper Black Fury spinner and I was onto a small (290gm) brown that quickly came to the net and then released. A couple of casts later and I had another small brown on but lost it on it's first leap from the water. Still this was a great start with the browns being aggressive right from the start of the session.
The next stretch of river that I moved into was probably seventy meters in length and slow moving, but I thought it would still give up a few fish seeing they've been so aggressive to start with. Well they weren't, as a matter of fact they went the opposite and just sat behind the spinner and followed it right up to where I lifted it from the river then casually turn and moved off. This happened for the whole length of the run until I reached the head water where it was running hard and fast. In eight casts into several sections of this fast water I had five hook ups from three rainbows and two browns of which I managed to land two rainbows and one brown with the best fish being a 630gm rainbow which was released after a quick photo as were the other fish.
What lay ahead of me now was a run of fast water that was close on a kilometre in length and it's a run that I have fished several times before too. It's got to be the toughest stretch of river to fish on the Meander as it is just covered with every different size rocks you could imagine, and this is one stretch that really takes it's toll on me. The only reason I do continue to put myself through the punishment is that it usually gives up a lot of trout. Today wasn't one of those days as this stretch only gave up two browns and these were only small fish. It wasn't because the fish weren't there either as they were. They had gone back to just following the spinner through the water or just having a quick go at the lure and missing it, then darting off not to be seen again.
I had now worked around three quarters of this tough stretch of river before deciding to get out of it and move on to another another area a kilometre or so further upstream. This area I was going to was much easier to wade as well, and so off I went. Once in the river and after a few casts I had a couple of follows from small browns again, and they just sat back behind the lure before turning and moving off. So they're not going to be any different here either I thought to myself.
The next cast I lobbed the little copper Black Fury upstream next to a fallen log and then spotted this nice solid brown following it and I could see the white of it's mouth opening behind the spinner.
Now I wasn't sure whether this fish was going to attack the lure or not and so I slowed the retrieve down and then let the spinner drop causing it to flutter. This is when this solid fish took the lure and boy did it take it!! As she (it was a female too) hit it she really gave some hard head shakes with it as she made a run downstream with the fast flow. Then she turned and headed for some submerged logs and debris along the river bank and I thought I'm in trouble here if she gets into it. Just keeping enough pressure on the rod I managed to turn this fish two or three times and finally moved her into a deeper section of river. After a minute or so I finally had her in the net which was a relief I tell you.
Once this solid fish was netted the spinner fell from it's mouth and so that's how close I was to losing this trout. It wasn't as big as I thought it was when I weighed it as it only tipped the scales at 820gms. It too was photographed and then released. Well I fished on for another hour for only the one (480gm) brown and then thought time to give it away. Then I thought I'll just give the next fast water a go before calling it a day. This stretch of water was only a thirty meter stretch which turned out to be a good one in the end as it gave up four small browns which averaged 270gms. So it was worth giving that final stretch of river a spin. The day turned out to be quite a reasonable one in the end and helped to keep up my catch rate once again, even though they did run a little hot and cold today.
Cheers River: Meander Browns: 10 Rainbows: 2 (all released)
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: '' RAIN ENDS WHAT WAS THE START OF GOOD SESSION.'' 20-12-13

Well it's been a week since I last had a spin session due to still working on the house and finally I had a chance to go this afternoon. The conditions weren't too bad either with a bit of a gusty Nth Westerly breeze and very heavy cloud conditions with rain forecast for later in the day. I headed to the Meander River once again seeing it's been fishing pretty well for me lately, and I was hoping it would again today. It was close on 3.30pm when I hit the river and starting working the very clear water that had quite a lot of leaves and bark on the surface blown onto it from the wind gusts. The river bottom was also reasonably slippery too, but the flow and depth of the river was perfect. I couldn't believe how dark the skies were, making it seem more like 8.00pm. Any way after working the first twenty meters of river I had already hooked three small browns and released two of the three as I lost one of them. Could not have asked for a better start really and then it started to rain, but only very lightly which wasn't enough to bother me or effect the fishing.
The next section of river was a nice stretch of fast water and I just love fishing this type of water as it can and quite often does gives up several fish. I cast directly upstream from where I was standing in the river and lobbed the little Mepps #00 Copper Black Fury close on a foot from the edge of the river bank and worked it back towards me keeping it at the same speed as the flow. I had a slight bump on the spinner not long after it had hit the water and then when it was within ten feet of me the fish hit it hard and fast. This was a nice solid rainbow that made a dash to my right and into the fast water and then of down stream it went. This rainbow wasn't over big (490gms) but when they get into the fast water they are just full of fight and aggression. It didn't take over long before this fish tired and was brought to the net and released for the next trip here. I finished up having another three hookups in this stretch of fast water for two small browns and one more solid rainbow.
The rain was now getting much heavier and was now starting to annoy me, plus I my shirt and vest were now pretty saturated and I was having trouble keeping the camera dry under the vest. So I fished the next run on the river for another two rainbows and four more browns of which I lost two of the browns just before they were in the net. I didn't bother to take any photos given the dark conditions today and even more so with the rain becoming heavy it wasn't worth it. I had only been in the river for fifty five minutes and had to call an end to my session as it was raining too heavy to continue now much to my disappointment as it was building up to be really a good one. But that's the way it goes, can't do much about the weather when it hits. Six browns and four rainbows from thirteen hookups in such a short time was still a fair catch I suppose. The Mepps #00 Black Fury has done it's job once again.
cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:"RETURN TRIP TO THE MEANDER WELL WORTH IT" 21-12-13

Seeing that my trip to the Meander River yesterday was cut short due to the rain setting in I decided to head back there again this afternoon. The forecast was again for rain and a chance of thunderstorms as well, but the clouds were high and it didn't look like it was going to hit here for quite some time. The only thing I didn't like was that there was a light Nth Easterly breeze today and that's not the best wind to fish in most times. Arrived at the Meander around 2.00pm and it was a much better day here than yesterday too as it was much brighter which meant I could take a few photos and also use the head cam. After a ten minute chat with the landowner I headed of and started working a fast water section and I reckon it was only the forth cast and I was onto a nice rainbow. Well this was good as it's how yesterday started off catching a fish very early in the session. So it looked like the light Nth Easterly which by the way had dropped to almost nothing, would not effect the fishing this afternoon. This solid rainbow once landed weighed close on 520gms and was in excellent condition. I was keeping at least four fish today to give to a mate who lent me his Karcher and a 16ft ladder for my prepping of the house. That was the only fish that was taken in this first piece of fast water and so it was on to the next section.
The next section was a much longer one of around one hundred meters and looked like it could give up a few trout as it had some great looking holding areas in it. It did just that, but they were only small browns and only three of them from six hook ups as I lost the others. Still it was good to be hooking into a few fish and who knows what the next section was going to give up. The river ahead of me had a lot of shallow fast water runs on it and I knew it was going to be tough going working my way upstream against the flow and on a slippery and very rocky bottom. Tough it was too as I worked my way upstream working every bit of fast water that had a lot of trout lies in behind the large rocks that were stretched out along the river. After hooking and losing another two small browns I did also catch three more nice rainbows as well with the best one going 550 gms. I now had my four good keepers that I wanted and now it's back to catch and release again.
This rock fast water was really starting to slow me down the further I kept working my way against it, but what kept me going was the fact that I was still catching trout. Over the next 500 meters before I decided to give in to the river I did catch and release another eight rainbows and four browns as well as losing six other fish. So the return trip to the Meander River well worth the trip in my books. I'll tell you now though, the body is really feeling it now and I reckon it will be a big rest day tomorrow for sure. The little Mepps #00 Copper Black Fury did it's job once again and I have now retired this one and replace it with a brand new one.
On my 1.5 kilometre walk back to the ''Trout Stalker 2'' I came across a little Echidna and a bush with some unusual small flowers on it, just another bonus of the trip here today.
Cheers
Adrian (meppstas)

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: '' 50-50 CATCH RATE ON THE MEANDER RIVER TODAY.'' 6-12-13

Seeing that I made Thursday a rest day I decided to head back to the Meander River for another spin session in much cooler conditions than the two previous trips. A cool change had come through which would hopefully make for some good river fishing today. I went to another of my favourite piece of the Meander River where one has a four hundred meter walk through a hardwood plantation before reaching the river, but it's usually well worth the effort. The sign on the Angler's Access states no vehicles allowed past this point, and would you believe it after I trudged through he plantation and reached the river there was a four wheel drive parked right near my entry point to the river. So much for having signs on the gates, but this is typical of the attitude of quite a few people from time to time. Then they wonder why access areas gets closed.
Any way once in the river I spotted one bloke further downstream and could hear another one a little further up. I wasn't sure whether to stay here and fish or go back to the car and head to another spot further downstream but then decided to fish here. Well it only took five casts of the little Mepps #00 copper Black Fury and I was into a fish, instant success just the way I like it. It was a nice fat (540gm) rainbow too which I kept for the dear 83 year old lady who lives behind us in Sheffield. I decided that I was only keeping the one fish today and that was for her. I checked to see if the bloke downstream had made any progress upstream and I could see that he was standing right back in the bush along the river edge and now not fishing. I don't reckon they had fishing licenses as when I crossed the river the fellow fishing above me made for the bush too. That was probably why they drove their vehicle through the plantation instead of leaving it at the access entrance.
Well I moved on working my way up this great stretch of river and picked up a nice (470gm) brown and after a quick photo it was back in the river. This stretch of river looked pretty fishy I thought and I reckoned it could be holding a few fish too. It was holding as I had three hook ups but lost every one of them, plus one other massive brown that followed the spinner and then made a late lunge at the Black Fury. Yes, he missed taking the treble and this brown was close on 5lb and really pushed up the heart rate there for a second. He was gone as quick as he had arrived and so it was onto the next section of river that also looked like it could give up a fish or two. I did pick up another medium (340gm) brown after casting directly upstream and working the spinner down keeping it around they same speed as the flow of the river and giving the rod and occasional twitch and this worked as it normally does. Then a cast to the opposite river bank just behind a large rock that had a nice small flat spot behind it where I knew a fish would be sitting. The cast was spot on and I only had one turn of the reel and was into a solid fish. This was a decent brown too and would have gone close to 3 lb had it not made so many leaps for freedom in which it won in the end. This was a kick in the guts as one doesn't get to hook into fish of this size that often in these rivers and to work so hard to pick one up and then have it toss the spinner is a real disappointment.. But that's trout fishing, or any fishing for that matter isn't it.
Still reeling about losing that fish I worked on up stream for another 700 meters or so flicking into every likely spot that I knew should have a fish lying in wait I did manage to pick up five more small to medium browns and another well conditioned rainbow that tipped the scales at 600gms. I also hooked and lost another six browns in that time as well. But at the end of the day it was a fairly good session on the Meander River and another beautiful part of Tasmania that I'm lucky too live in.
cheers
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Cutthroat - Trout, Dolly Varden - Trout, Lake - Trout, Palomino - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial: '' BACK TO THE MEANDER RIVER ONCE AGAIN.'' 12-12-13

Well after spending a few hours of scraping the old paint of the house in the midst of getting it ready for a face lift before it goes on the market I thought it was time to give the Meander another stint of fishing. The weather is still pretty poor with strong winds and rain showers on and off through out the day, but I was going any way. It was around 2.50pm when I arrived at Barrett's Bridge on the Meander river and the water was reasonably low here too. It still looked good enough to be holding a few fish though and I headed of down a small side road and then entered the river some 300 metres below the bridge. The river bottom here was covered in a thick film of black slimy algae that broke up in large clumps and floated of with the flow as I waded and fished my way upstream. I've never seen the river like this before and especially in this area as it is normally pretty clean on the river bottom here. Any way it wasn't effecting the fishing as it was floating off downstream. As you would have probably guessed for those of you who have read my previous reports. I have stayed with the little #00 Mepps copper Black Fury once more, just like that fly spray saying..'' When you're a good thing, then stick with it.'' It took a while before I did finally get a small brown to take the spinner but he soon threw it and was gone. Same thing happened again a few minutes later too and there was nothing wrong with this spinner as it was a new one that I had put on during the Mersey River session last Friday afternoon. As I worked my way up the river I had a few other small browns follow the spinner and just nudge it with the nose. Looked like it's going to be one of those days here again.. Finicky fish like the last few trips and I'm going to have to work hard for them again.
It wasn't until I had fished my way upstream close on 400 metres before I picked up a small (230gm) brown in a fast water section and then another small one within a couple more cast in the same bit of fast water. These two fish had several hits at the spinner before they finally took it too. Over the last 200 meters of this part of the Meander River that I fished I did pick up one more small (220gm) brown before deciding to head on up to the Chestnut Road Bridge and fish the 700-800 meters of river that my mate and I fished last week. After a five minute drive and a quick walk down through the Poppy filled paddocks I was back in the river. Good thing here was that the river bottom was so much better than the area that I had just fished. Hardly any algae at all which was great. Fishing the same stretch of river that gave up a good haul of rainbows last week was much different today as it was nearly fish less. I did have the one rainbow come up behind the spinner and give it a couple of light nudges before it hit it hard but missed the trebles. Then it darted off and that was the only fish that I came across in the section of river. I didn't mind really as it meant that they had now finally spread themselves out into the river system and that's what I preferred them to do. That way you can pick one up here and there instead of just fishing the one stretch of water and pulling them in. The next fast water run gave up three more browns with the best one going 540gms and this was a nice solid well conditioned brown too that gave me a good run for my money in the fast water.

'' Nice 620gm Meander River rainbow.''

The next run ahead was looking okay too and had some really good areas that should be holding a fish or two as well. It didn't let me down either as I picked up my first rainbow for the day in it and this fish was a good 600 gm fish that fought like hell in this fast water section. Took a little longer to get him to the net than I expected but I wasn't rushing this fish as I didn't want to lose it. Finally it was netted and then a quick photo and it was off on it's merry way once more, just a little worse for wear but still okay. I like to be as quick as possible with rainbows as they seem to stress much quicker than the browns do. Another cast into this run and it was fish on again, this time a brown and only a medium one that went around 350gms. So it was onto the next strip of fast water and this good looking water also produced another brown (320gms)and a rainbow (490gms) which now made my catch rate much better than it was earlier in the afternoon session. I was now close to the foot of the bridge and getting close to my exit point in the river but I just had to flick the spinner into a medium size eddy next to the bridge pylon. This was a good idea too as it gave up another rainbow that just smashed the spinner as soon as it hit the water. Boy! Did it give me a bit of curry too as it made a run straight downstream in the fast water flow and peeled several meters of the 4lb line from the spool before I finally had it under control. Now this rainbow wasn't a monster in size at all, but it did fight like one and especially with the help of the fast water in which it used to it's advantage for a while before tiring and finally coming to the net. Like I said it was no monster fish as only it went 620gms on the digital scales, and like the others was photographed and released. Well I thought this was a great end to the day and so I had just one more cast on the other side of the bridge and hooked into another of the small (280gm) Meander browns and then I called it a day at 6.35pm. So it was well worth taking another trip to the Meander today and well, maybe tomorrow afternoon it will be back to the Mersey River.... Only time will tell I guess and it's Friday 13th too!!!

River: Meander Browns: 9 Rainbows: 3 (all fish released)
cheers
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Meander River, Meander. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:

Adrian Webb

Location:Mersey River, Merseylea. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' STILL MANAGED A FEW IN GALE FORCE WINDS.'' 10-12-13
Well, we've got the100 year old Federation home going up for sale in the next month or so and after running around with the real estate agent today looking for something much smaller I decided to go and have a couple of hours on the Mersey River. Only problem was that we had gale force winds with the odd shower of rain and so I knew it wasn't going to be an easy day on the river.
Headed on over to Merseylea to the top bridge thinking it may be okay to spin my way upstream there, but it was a little too open and the wind was belting across the river. So that was spot number one scratched off the list, and so it was on to the middle bridge to check it out there. I knew that it was a lot more sheltered in most sections along the river at this spot. Once there I could see that this was where I would be fishing for the next couple of hours, so on with the waders etc and I was on my way.
The river was reasonably clear and at a nice medium height, plus it looked pretty good for a spin session that's for sure. Started of flicking out the same little Mepps #00 copper Black Fury that's caught so many trout now that I've lost count, I think it's around 80 or close to it. Really did look like had too as it was looking a much worse for wear. After a few casts a medium size brown hit hard and fast and was on until it's second leap from the river when it threw the spinner. Now this is what happened a while back in the Meander River with this same little spinner where I was losing fish after fish on it. Even then I couldn't work out why! I thought about putting on a brand new Black Fury but decided to stay with old faithful. I checked the trebles once again and they were still okay, so I went on working the river and it was long before I had another brown on the line. This fish was much bigger and was around a pound and a half and full of fight. Well, same thing happened another lost fish. Now this was no one else's fault but my own for not retiring that little spinner when I knew it was long overdue to do so. So it was quickly off with the old and straight on with the new and back into working the Mersey. Hooked up to another medium (360gm) brown and this fish stayed on right to the end. So the change of spinner worked and after a quick photo this fish was on it's way.
The next section of river was much shallower and had a couple of nice little pieces of flat water in each of them that I knew should be holding fish. Now most fisher's walk on past these little sections of river that are only up to six inches deep, but I never bypass any bit of water like this at all. Both of these small fast water flats gave up one brown from each of them and that's why I never go past them. These weren't big fish by any means as the biggest brown went just on 340gms which is still a nice size fish to hook into in very shallow water on light tackle. I had my headcam on again today and I was describing this section of water of how and where the trout should be sitting and it worked to a treat as I did catch a fish in each of them while recording and explaining this type of water on how to fish it. Great when it all falls into place isn't it.
The next fast water was one that always gives up a few fish and quite often one of them is a rainbow, so I was pretty confident it would today as well. It didn't happen though as all I managed was two hook ups for the one small (320gm) brown. I had now been in the river for close on an hour and the wind had really strengthened even more and casting this little 1.5gm spinner was a real test now. Several times I had to cast at least five metres further up and across the river for the spinner to carry back with the wind and have it drop into the spot that I wanted to work it back from.
This last stretch of river that I was fishing was wide and much slower flowing than the previous sections that I had just fished. It was much deeper too, but I did pick up another three small browns here and dropped one other before calling it a day. On the way back I flicked the spinner into a small back water and picked up my last fish for the day, another solid (350gm) brown that topped off a reasonably good session in very tough conditions. Had I not been so slack in changing the old lure for the new I may have finished up with ten fish for the day, but I was still happy with a total of eight for the session.
Cheers
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Shellield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' BEST DAYS FISHING FOR THE SEASON SO FAR.'' 16-11-13

Being a Saturday I normally don't go and fish any rivers but today I was bored and so I thought the Dasher River which is only five minutes from home may be worth a try. I haven't fished the Dasher since last season and then it didn't fish that good, hence the reason for leaving it so long to fish it this season. It was close to 2.45pm when I arrived at the river in warm and slightly overcast conditions and a light to medium Nor Westerly breeze. After a 35 minute walk through the paddocks I reached my starting point some 1.5kms from the car. The river looked really good too as it had a nice flow and was a nice tannin colour, but still clear enough to see the bottom quite easily.
It had been so long since my last trip to this area I had almost forgotten what a beautiful stretch of river it really is. It has changed in a few sections from flood damage but it looked all the better for it too. I started off using a #00 Gold Black Fury in the first section of river that used to often give up one or two fish each trip, but it didn't give a yelp today and so it was on to the next section of water.
After a few cast I did have a few small browns follow the spinner right to the river bank, but they would strike the lure. Changed to a #00 Copper Black Fury as this colour has worked okay here on many other trips and I was hoping it may do the job again. Well it took only two casts upstream into a small fast water section before I had a nice little Dasher River brown in the hand. A quick photo and it was on it's way and so was I, because the next cast also produced another fish around the same size. This was more like how the Dasher used to fish and I was no feeling pretty confident that a good catch was on today.
Over the next 500 metres it was not how I expected to be, out of four hook ups only the one small brown was landed, though I did had a few hit and misses as well. This still wasn't good enough for me even though I had made several changes of spinners such as trying the following Stone Fly Bug, Aglia Rouge, Black Bladed Black Furys and even the 40 year old spinner to no avail and so it was back on with the #00 copper Black Fury spinner. It was now close to 4.30pm and only the three fish caught and released, it wasn't looking good. Then all of a sudden it changed I started getting fish after fish in most sections of the Dasher, they just seemed to come on the bite and were really aggressive. A couple of sections gave up three and four fish where others just the one or two fish. These were mainly small browns with the odd one going 300gms and the best fish went 450gms. The fishing stayed like right up until I had made it back to the Main Road bridge where I had parked the car. The last fish of the day was a nice solid 400gm brown taken right under the bridge in a fast water section and it gave up one hell of a fight for it's size too. I realised why it was fighting so hard as it was foul hooked on the outside of the gill cover.
It wasn't that long before this fish was on the bank and then released without any damage done to it. So in all it finished up a great four and a half hours on the Dasher River with a total of 25 browns being caught and released and only a total of six other fish being hooked and lost.
cheers
Adrian

Adrian Webb

Location:Dasher River, Sheffield. Tasmania, Australia
Product:Black Fury Ultra Lites
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown
Testimonial: '' WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING.''
19-11-13
As the title states it was exactly like that today when I returned to the Dasher River for another late afternoon spin session. Not really ideal conditions when I left home as there was a gusty North Easterly wind and it was reasonably warm, but the cloud was starting to build up which is what I wanted. The forecast was for a South Westerly change and rain which I was hoping for it to arrive by the time I hit the river. After a 1.5km walk through several paddocks in waist high grass I finally reached the Dasher River at 4.15pm. I was a little puffed too as it wasn't easy going in the tall grass either! The area I fished today is a lot further upstream from where I fished last Saturday and is more open as well, and so I was going to be battling with the wind for the next few hours. Once in the shallow section of the river it wasn't long before I had the first fish on the bank, a nice little brown. Wasn't expecting a fish so soon given the wind direction, but it didn't stay this way. Over the next hour and a half I only had three browns landed and had hooked and lost another eight fish. They weren't really attacking the spinner and I reckon this was due to the weather conditions as we all know what fishing is like during a North Easterly and it's not usually good. The river in this area is much different to the lower section that I fished the other day too. It is very rocky and slippery here and that was making it very tough on the body, plus the wind was coming straight down the river making accurate casting very difficult.
It was now just after 5.45pm and the wind finally changed direction and starting coming from the west and with it was a light drizzle. Then it all changed the fish came on and really started to attack the spinner like there was no tomorrow. This was more like it and my tally was starting to add up and it wasn't long before I had caught and released seven browns from ten hookups. This was much better now making it eleven browns landed from twenty two hook ups. Kept on working my way upstream and these little browns continued to keep on taking the 1.5gm #00 copper Black Fury with plenty of aggression right up until 7.00pm when the rain became a little heavier, and so I called it a day. The session finished up being a pretty good one in the end as I finished up catching and releasing twenty nice little browns from 41 hookups. If had had bought my landing net my catch rate would have been much better as I could have slipped the net under them. I don't bother to use it in this little river as large browns are very few and far between and when one is caught it can easily be brought to the river bank.
cheers
Adrian

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