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I have just got back from our 3 week trip to Tassie. I have never been to Tassie previously so i was a bit unsure of what to expect but after a few messages with some great members of this site i had a couple of days fishing planned with some Tassie locals.

Meppstas kindly offered to show me a few rivers and streams that he knows well and was confident that i would get a few fish.

Fortunately he lived quite close to where we were staying in Devonport and when i arrived at his house he was ready to go, a quick check of water levels and we were off. After a shortish drive we had arrived at his selected location and after a quick instructions session we were into our waders and off down the stream he had selected. The plan was to make our way down stream then get into the water and fish our way back upstream casting ahead of ourselves in to likely fish holding areas.

This is where i got taught a trout catching lesson!

Mepps has his first fish in the net before i had even seen one! Finally i got a follow from a small fish, Mepps had caught another. Then i had a hit and a short hookup before losing the fish, meanwhile Mepps had caught another. Finally i managed to tempt a small fish to grab my lure and managed to get him into the net, it was small but i didnt care, it was my first Tassie trout i thought "thats it ive broken the drought, got the first now surely i will find a few more" i was so wrong. The "score" was now 4 -1 and we had made it back to where we had started over about 2 hrs. We still had a short section upstream from where we started so after a quick drink we headed back to the water.

We had seen a few fish but even Mepps couldnt tempt one until we got to a section where a fast section dropped into a deeper pool, it looked ideal - if i was a trout i would sit there at the bottom of the falls waiting for tasty morsels to be swept into me. i put in about 20 casts with 0 result before Mepps wandered up and first cast pulled a fish from right where i had been casting, his next 2 casts resulted in 2 more fish!!!!!

Final score was 7 - 1 but i had 1 and that is more than 0 and thats all that mattered:D

Thanks Meppstas for taking me out to see your pet trout and letting me catch 1.

We were also lucky enough to almost run over a freshwater crayfish that we pulled over and picked up to get off the road and let go back into his stream, apparently they grow to a meter long at that size even godzilla would run the other way!5a018b261d50a_tassiepicsphone161.thumb.JPG.8691650c8ead2f2dc1bab21b637561c7.JPG5a018b3c97e56_tassiepicsphone165.thumb.JPG.96b6c0ec66a2158d8a9417817ca71c44.JPG5a018b8a69d13_AarronsfirstwildTasmanianbrowntroutMerseyRiveratLiena..4853(Medium).thumb.jpg.45ce628066257ff449b33816fcfbb1fd.jpg5a018bb0d177c_IMG_4898(Medium).thumb.jpg.7780ea3a83790bc9b104c8e8ed5fe9c8.jpg

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Really glad you enjoyed your stay in Tassie and found it is a very nice little Island Paradise that has a lot to offer.. It was good to see you catch your first Tasmanian wild brown trout too.. a well deserved fish for the effort you put into it.. enjoyed your company on both trips to the rivers LAR-FIN..So you caught your wild brown trout (actually two of them), saw your first Tasmanian freshwater lobster topped off with a close view of a Platypus right at your feet.. doesn't get any better than that on your first trip here..B|



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