Mersey River after the floods

Mersey River flooding, 2016

Mersey River after the floods

This time last year, the Mersey River was experiencing the most destructive flood in history. Houses were washed away, more than 300 cattle were lost, and the river set many new courses. So how did this affect the fishing this year?

Our first inspection post-flood, in August 2016, revealed an almost unrecognisable river in parts. Whole river bends were gone, and thousands of tonnes of gravel littered the adjacent farmland. But miraculously under the rocks, mayfly nymph and caddis crawled and scurried, survivors of the massive flood. The first few fish of the season also looked great–perhaps even a little fatter than normal, from the additional available feed.

By late spring the traditional run of whitebait had begun up the river, and both sea trout and resident trout began actively preying on the small fish. The odd mayfly hatch began, and somewhat normal conditions returned to the river. The biggest difference was consistency; while good fishing existing through the river, it was almost impossible to predict which riffle and run would have fish, or good fishing.

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A ripper Mersey River fish from Autumn 2017

Skip to post-Christmas, and the river was showing some great form. Polaroiding nymph feeders, and fishing to aphid sippers was steady, though a noticeable absence was the normally reliable willow-grubs. Whether this insect was impacted by the floods, or by the unseasonable cold winter, it’s hard to know.

By late autumn the Mersey was almost back to itself – baitfish feeders smashing galaxia, and aggregations of nymphing brown trout in the riffles. Indeed our favourite riffle for the season was yielding catches of up to a dozen of fish, in the area the size of a dining room, on some of our custom tied nymphs during April.

From our experience, the Mersey has certainly been altered by the massive floods, and the best locations have changed, but the fishing is as great as ever.

The results of a two-fish in two casts for RiverFly customer Richard M.

30% off all all Simms waders, Scott fly rods and Lamson reels stock

RiverFly are clearing the decks for the new season, and are running a 30%-off sale on all Simms, Scott and Lamson. Discounts on any of these product lines are rare as hens teeth, and it is only available on existing stock. Specials include Simms G3 Guide waders, Scott Radian and Meridian, and Lamson Speedster reels. All specials can be viewed or purchased on our Specials page here http://riverfly.com.au/product-category/specials/

 

Autumn rod, reel and wader specials including Sage, Scott and Orvis.

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Each autumn we run specials on demo-rods, along with soon to be replaced rod and reel models. These are all available on our specials page here http://riverfly.com.au/product-category/specials/ and include the following:

Sage 3250 reels, 3250 spool (the best value reels getting around) at 20% off, Sage 4250 reel at 20% off, a ripper little creek rod in the Sage Approach 370-4 at 25% off (now $440).

Ex demo / display rods, current models, as new with full warranties etc, may have been grass-cast only. Scott Radian 1006-4 (10ft, 6wt), 907-4 and 908-4 at 30% off (now $875). Orvis Helios2 865-4 (one of our favourite all-round river rods), massive 40% off, now 749.95.

Looking for women’s waders, jackets and shirts? We’ve got plenty in stock from Patagonia and Orvis, at up to 50% off!

Check it all out here http://riverfly.com.au/product-category/specials/

Thanks, the RiverFly 1864 team.

‘Tasmania’ – fly fishing feature film by Todd Moen, Catch Magazine

During February 2017 we were lucky to host Catch Magazine Editor Todd Moen, for a week of filming. The goal was simple:  highlight some of the creek and Western Lakes fishing that makes our island so special. During the six days we got some amazing snowflake caddis hatches on the creeks, and some brilliant tailing on the lakes around our RiverFly Wilderness Huts in the Western Lakes.  Here is a short trailer for the film ‘Tasmania’…the full-length 18 minute feature is amazing.

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