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2013 - January Testimonials

Lance Eckenrode – Smoothrock Lake, Ontario, Ontario , Canada

Lure: Little Wolf

Fish Caught: Pike, Northern

I could not reel the pike in fast enough using an all silver Little Wolf. Seven days in the Canadian wilderness would not have been the same without this gem. I utilized several methods, mostly a simple cast and retrieve, but also trolling. It really didn't seem to matter what I did, as long as it was in the water it drove the pike crazy. I regret that I had only purchased one of these prior to the trip. By the final day, it looked like it had been run over by a truck a few times. Nonetheless, it was still catching fish. I retired the lure, and put it in my hall of fame. My tackle box will never be without one from now on.

Adrian Webb – Meander River, Meander. Tasmania Australia

Lure: Aglia Ultra Lites

Fish Caught: Trout, Brown


Cloud cover this afternoon made for me to head off to the Meander River for a session of spinning the fast water once more. Arrived around 3.15 pm and once again as soon as I put my waders on, bingo! Out came the sun again. Not deterred I still hit the river full of confidence and it wasn't too long before I had my first fish on the line and it was a small solid brown of some 240 gms. The river seemed a little lower today than last week when I was here, but the good thing was that the river bottom was still clear of slime & algae. Still hard going scrambling over the rocky bottom though. With the water being crystal clear the fish weren't to be seen in the open areas that had the sun on them at at all. Had a few more hook ups from small browns which I lost as quick as they hit the Mepps Black Aglia spinner before I finally picked one up that tipped the scales at 650 gms. This fish was a nice solid river fish too and it had to get the donger I'm sorry to say as it had swallowed the spinner and damaged it's gills. Fished on for another hour and a half for a catch and release of 4 more browns that were all around 270 gms, plus losing another 5 as well. Called it a day here and decided to go and try the section of river above Barrett's Bridge on my way home. Started from just below the bridge actually and the river here was very low and had quite a lot of green cotton like algea in it plus the river bottom was a little slippery too. Most times that I've fished here the water is normally around knee deep, not today as it was below the knees for most of the 600 mtrs that if fished. Picked up a nice solid little brown (280 gms) in a small piece of fast water just below the bridge and then another right under the bridge. This was a real small brown and would have only been around 140 gms if that.
Caught another brown ( 260 gms ) some 100 mtrs above the bridge and then did not sight a fish from that point on. Finished up calling it a day at 7.00 pm and headed for home. Not the worst day that I have had that's for sure as I did at least pick up a few, and had several hook ups as well in the time I was on the water. Hopefully the Hydro do not let the water level get any lower than it is at the moment as I reckon it will have a big impact on the fishing if they do.
Cheers Adrian

Adrian Webb – Meander River, Meander. Tasmania Australia

Lure: Aglia Ultra Lites

Fish Caught: Trout, Lake


Finally a day with hardly a breath of wind and also a little cloud cover instead of the bright clear skies, gale force winds and heat. Today I headed off to the Meander River some 50 kms from Sheffield and was on the river for my first cast for 2013 at 7.30 am. The river was low and clear with a good steady flow and plenty of fast water sections plus a bonus, the rocky bottom did not have one bit of slime on it. This makes it much easier for wading even though it's still tough going due to the boulder strewn river. There was not a sign of any insect life or even a fish on the rise which usually works in my favor being a spin fisher. Still had the little 1.5 gm Mepps # 00 Aglia Mouche black blade spinner on the rod as it's the lure that's kept on picking up the odd fish over the past few trips. First section of fast water I fished didn't give a yelp but the next section I did catch two small browns and lost two others as well which was a good start. Then the sun broke through and things went a little quiet as it was beaming straight onto the river and I didn't get a thing over the next 500 mtrs. Not even a follow or a nudge on the spinner until I reached a more shaded section of the river. Here I did pick up two more browns (320gms ea) and hooked and lost three others, so it was looking good once again. Then the cloud thickened up and that's when it all started for the better. Ahead of me was around 1.5 kms of fast water and boy it really gave up some fish over the next 4 hours of spinning. Over this distance and time I had one hell of a session of spin fishing and still with the same little Aglia too. Working every bit of fast water and letting the flow do most of the work by carrying the lure with it while I slowly retrieved it I finished up with 31 hook ups and landed 19 browns during that time.
So after 5-1/2 hours of spinning the Meander River I managed a total of 36 hook ups and landed 23 browns which turned out to be a big day for my first spin session for 2013. The majority of the fish where in the 380gm to 420gm range and really fought hard in the fast water holding as close to the bottom as possible and darting downstream and weaving between the rocky outcrops of the river. The little Mepps Aglia is pretty well knocked around now but still good for a few more trips yet (maybe?)
Cheers Adrian

Adrian Webb – Meander River, Tasmania Australia

Lure: Aglia Long Ultra Lites

Fish Caught: Trout, Brown

Headed off to the Meander River this afternoon for a few hours spin fishing given it was nice and overcast in Sheffield and quite mild. When I arrived at the Meander the clouds started to separate and then the sun broke through and boy it had a bit of bite in it too. I already knew where I was going to fish and it was the fast water sections of the river. Still had the old Mepps Black Aglia on that I have stuck with over many trips now and it worked once again as it was fish on in the third cast into the river. A nice little brown of around 250gms was soon landed and released. Then over the next 150 mtrs or so I had 5 more hook ups but only managed to land one brown around the same size as the one caught earlier. Came onto another real fishy looking stretch of fast water that I was sure would hold a few fish and this was a run of probably 40 mtrs or near to it. Well what looked to be a good piece of river turned out to be a real disappointment as I didn't have one hit at all. All I could manage was a couple of follows from two very small trout. Onward to the next fast water and this was where it happened!! I hooked into a nice solid brown that gave me one hell of a battle as he went around every boulder he could find in this bit of water. I couldn't see how big he was at the time as the sun was beaming right into my face plus it was also reflecting off the river. But I knew it was a nice size fish by the power it had when making several runs for freedom and I was glad he didn't make any leaps either.
Had he done so I don't think he would have stayed on for too long, so after another 20 seconds or so ( which seemed like 5 minutes) I had him in close enough to see the size of him. He was a nice size brown for this river and I could also see that the little Mepps Aglia was only just holding him by the smallest of margins on the outside of his left side of the jaw. So I slowing worked him into a slower section of shallow water and led him into the net, what a relief once he was in it. Then the Aglia fell out and I thought, how lucky was that. A couple of quick photos of him with out removing him from the net he was soon back in the river for another day. This brown was a PB for me in the Meander as my previous best was 870 gms and that was a season or two ago, so yes I was happy to have succeeded today. Fished on for another hour and a half and picked up 6 more browns from 14 hook ups and many hits and misses. These fish were not big fish either with the biggest one going around 370gms and the others all similar to the first fish taken today. So even though the sun had put it ugly head out and onto the river it still finished up being an enjoyable few hours spinning and all fish were released as well.
** One last thing is that the little Mepps Aglia was placed into retirement after this afternoons session and not before time too. It has caught a total of 87 trout in its time of use, not bad for a $10-00 lure.
Cheers Adrian

Joe Miller – Yellow Creek, Brush Creek, , Pennsylvania

Lure: Aglia BRITE

Fish Caught: Trout, Brown - Trout, Rainbow

The Aglia Brite has been a consistent lure for stream trout. It runs a little deeper and really draws attention. Great addition to the Mepp's line up.

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