Testimonials

Rainbow Trout

Aidan Baumstark

Location:Califon, New Jersey
Product:Double Blade Aglia
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Bass, Striped - Pike, Northern - Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Lake - Trout, Rainbow - Walleye
Testimonial:This is possibly the greatest fishing lure ever devised, it can be fished deep, shallow, fast or, slow. I caught my personal best bass, my personal best pike, and my personal best trout on this lure. I have never had a better lure than this, the next time that I see this lure I will buy 10. Thank you, Mepps!

Dustin DesRoches

Location:Patterson Lake, Oak Burn Manitoba Canada , Manitoba, Canada
Product:Thunder Bug
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:This lure is a trout master!! I have caught 8 monsters in the last year just with this awesome lure!

Ronald Jankowski

Location:Allegany Ny, New York
Product:Aglia & Dressed Aglia
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Crappie (Black) - Pike, Northern - Trout, Rainbow - Walleye
Testimonial:I remember I showed up to a spot my friend showed me and I really wasn't sure what kind of fish were in this pit. I just had a gold undressed Mepps number 2 size spinner on and I threw it in the corner of this pond. Next thing ya know I thought I had a big snag, but, sure enough I reeled in a 36" northern pike...

Pete Wise

Location:East Licking Creek, Port Royal, Pennsylvania
Product:Bantam Syclops
Fish Caught:Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:Ultralight spinning for trout is my passion, and I can always count on Mepps lures for success. On a recent trip to a favorite small stream, I caught and released native brook trout as well as wild rainbows and browns...all taken on a #0 Bantam Syclops spoon in silver and red. This great lure has never let me down. It is one of my "go to" lures for trout and panfish, and the larger Syclops are outstanding for river smallmouth bass! Simply put, Mepps lures catch fish when nothing else will.

Travis Hill

Location:White Pine River, Cloquet River And Private Lake , Minnesota
Product:Minos
Fish Caught:Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Crappie (Black) - Perch, Yellow - Pike, Northern - Sunfish (shellcracker) - Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:I love Mepps!! I only really use Mepps, not just spinners, but, I ordered replacement Minos and use them on spring crappie and sunny spawn. I catch 3 fish to everyone else's!!! How you ask? I don't have to get a minnow out of minnow bucket! Plus, I use Mepps on fly rods with a sight indicator. Between St. Croix and Mepps I will continue to dominate anyone I fish with!!!

Dilly Vue

Location:Taku Lake, Alaska
Product:Thunder Bug
Fish Caught:Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:This was my first spinner I ever got....
When cast it is very light, but, no matter
you can still get 'em from short distances.

When I use salmon eggs or any live bait
nothing seems to hit, even worms.

I caught 5 smallmouth trout and 5 bigmouth trout
Everyone in facebook thinks I'm snagging, but this Thunder Bug gets me everywhere....I use size 0. :)

Jerry Wilson

Location:Elk River, Avery County, North Carolina
Product:Aglia & Dressed Aglia
Fish Caught:Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:I am in the high Appalachians of Northwest North Carolina. Don't let Elk "River" fool you. Like most of our cold, rugged, high mountain streams it is 50 yards wide at it's widest and normally half that on average. It is, on average knee to waist deep with pools just over my head. I am 6'2". However, it is running down a mountain and the currents, undertows, whirls and eddies make it dangerous. Our trout season opens the first Saturday in April - many times up here there is a snow covering on opening day, but the Elk is normally thawed sufficiently for fishing. From opening day until mid-September the copper, undressed Aglia, "0", single drop is THE Spinner. This spinner is effective on Rainbow until the Elk freezes over-in January usually. However, I switch to pink in the fall, because the Browns and Brookies seem to love it and few Browns or Brookies are caught before fall here. Come to Avery and Watauga counties in North Carolina to trout fish. If you have tried the Asheville area it is great trout fishing. We are 1500 to 3000+ feet above Asheville; we are a different world.

Brian Kreutz

Location:Madison, Wisconsin
Product:Aglia & Dressed Aglia
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Bass, Striped - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Crappie (White) - Perch, Yellow - Pike, Northern - Sunfish (shellcracker) - Trout, Brook - Trout, Rainbow - Walleye
Testimonial:I LOVE the Aglia spinners. My son and I use them as a "go to" lure for pretty much anything we fish for and ALWAYS have luck when we do. Thanks for making such an awesome product Mepps!!!!

Bob Hayett

Location:Heritage Lake, Olathe, Kansas
Product:Black Fury
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Bass, White - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Catfish, Channel - Crappie (Black) - Crappie (White) - Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow - Walleye
Testimonial:I have found that Black Furies work amazingly well in two situations: In and around rocky shorelines and reeling them fast over spawning fish. I caught nearly a ten pound largemouth last year right next to a rocky shore.

Tom Barnett

Location:Little Red River, Heber Springs, AR, Arkansas
Product:Bantam Syclops
Fish Caught:Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:I have fished for trout for 30 years, mostly in Arkansas's Little Red River, using ultralight spinning equipment. Certain stretches of the river require single, barbless hooks for catch-and-release fishing. About a year ago I tried a Bantam Syclops with its single hook easily made barbless, and it is now my lure of choice -- with and without the barb. I love the action of the lure and the results. As a plus, the weight and the design make it ideal for fishing shallow shoals without snags.

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)

Jerry

Location:Farm Pond, Dobson, N.C., North Carolina
Product:Black Fury
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Catfish, Blue - Catfish, Channel - Crappie (Black) - Crappie (White) - Perch, Yellow - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:I have often said that most largemouth bass anglers spend a lifetime hoping to catch at least one that weighs 5 lbs., or more. Yesterday, I was "lucky" enough to catch 4 that weighed a total of 29 lbs., 15 ounces, with the larger one being 9 lbs., 5 ounces, and the "smaller" one 5 lbs., and 15 ounces. But "the big one got away'! I hooked one which I brought to the boat, and just as I reached for what looked to be a 10 + pound fish he broke the swivel, and left with my Black Fury lure. Mepps lures are the best for crappie, and bass!!

Richard Sprau

Location:Hauser Lake Helena , Montana
Product:Flying C
Fish Caught:Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:The rainbow trout sure like these things. Caught trout both trolling and casting them. The trout here run 3-5 lbs, but, both 5/8 and 7/8 ounce spinners work, trolling and casting as well. Worst thing is my 12 year old niece was the one who turned me onto these spinners. Chartreuse seems to be what the trout want to eat.

Ethan

Location:Da UP, Michigan
Product:Aglia & Dressed Aglia
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Perch, Yellow - Pike, Northern - Salmon, Coho (silver) - Steelhead - Trout, Brook - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:I've caught so many fish with these... Best lures around, IMHO. Learn how to use them properly and they will produce bites.

Derek

Location:Ivy River, Asheville, North Carolina
Product:Comet TRU-V
Fish Caught:Trout, Brook - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:This is a new lure so I thought I'd buy one just to try it out and it did not disappoint. I caught several trout using the Tru-V including the two biggest fish I caught that day. I was using the Firetiger with Black Dot, but, I'll definitely look to add a few more to the tackle box. This lure is a great addition to the Mepps line.

James Mengel

Location:Lakes, Rivers, Streams, Pennsylvania
Product:Thunder Bug
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:This lure works perfectly in shallow streams and rivers where the current is fast and the water is clear. The fish can't resist going for this lure, it never fails. When the scent baits aren't working just pull out The Thunder Bug and watch the magic happen. This lure is a must for any species of trout; the #00 works the best in all silver.

James

Location:Leaser Lake, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
Product:Black Fury
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Pike, Northern - Trout, Brook - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:This lure works fantastic in deep rocky water where visibility is low. It retrieves smoothly and casts perfectly (as in weight). I use the No. 2 mainly and catch about 8 trout per day in the 9-11" inch range. The dressed lures even attract 2-3 lb. bass in at times. Overall a great lure made by the best in the business.

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: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: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
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Schuyler Hornung

Location:Roaring River, Crabtree Creek, Thomas Creek, Scio, Oregon
Product:Spin Flies
Fish Caught:Steelhead - Trout, Dolly Varden - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:I love the Mepps SPINFLY in the wollyworm pattern because where I come from you either match the forage the fish are eating or you're going home empty handed. So, the wollyworm pattern in the green or brown work fantastic in the streams and rivers around my house. There is also the occasional steelhead in the streams and when they catch a glimpse of the SPINFLY, they'll hit it in an heartbeat. I also love the fact that I can use the #00 SPINFLY on my Redington fly rod, but, I prefer the #0 SPINFLY on my ultralight rod and reel. Overall, I LOVE the Mepps SPINFLY in the wollyworm pattern.

Andrew

Location:Lakes, Ponds, Streams, Creeks, Rivers , Pennsylvania
Product:Aglia & Dressed Aglia
Fish Caught:Bass, Largemouth - Bass, Smallmouth - Bluegill (Bream, Brim) - Trout, Brook - Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow
Testimonial:Like most other posts, this is the go-to-lure. When all else fails or fishing is tough and unpredictable this is the first thing I will turn to. Favorite is a number 3 with a red-white blade with a white tail. This became my favorite after this last weekend of fishing. I was fishing the Susquehanna River for smallmouth. We were using spinnerbaits in the early morning and caught a few nice fish, and then the bites stopped. Switched to the Mepps and started nailing fish. Caught 23 fish with this lure! There were a couple smaller fish, but, most were respectable sizes with a few 3-4 pounders. Love these lures and the great quality! Keep up the good work.

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