I was originally going to head to the upper Mersey River at Liena at 4:30 am this morning when I woke up but after laying there for a while I decided not to. As much as I wanted to get up I just couldn't be bothered because of a couple of sleepless nights. As the day went on and there was some good cloud cover around I then decided to head up there around 2:10 PM.
I arrived at Liena just on 2:45 and soon had the wading gear on and headed off on my 1.5 km walk to where I'll start my spin session. Once there I was soon in the river flicking the little gold Aglia around and it wasn't all that long after having two hit and misses before I had my first brown in hand. It was only a little one but it was still a fish and that's all that mattered.
The weather here was quite humid and I was still hot from my walk so I moved into a deeper run to help cool my body temp down a little. As I worked my way upstream I picked up two more small browns from five hook ups which wasn't all that bad. Once I was out of the fast water I changed over to the small ghost brown hard body to fish the next long slow to medium stretch of river. It took around five minutes before I had a medium size brown take the lure and after a short tussle this fish was soon in the net.
After that it was pretty slow going with just a hit and miss over some sixty meters of river until I reached the head water. This head water is the same one that gave up quite a few trout back on the 2nd December when I fished here. It did it again today as I caught and released three small rainbows and two medium size browns as well as hooking and losing two others. I was now back into the fast water so this time I went for the black bladed Aglia mainly because the sun had broken through the clouds and was full on the clear water. It was the second short fast water where I did a cast and drift with the spinner and picked up another plump 380 gram brown.
The next run was a nice one at the tail end of a wide stretch of the Mersey that flowed into it over a mass of boulders, it was here I picked up a solid 390 gram rainbow as well as hooking and losing another small brown. From here on it was a mix of shallow fast water runs and a few medium flowing stretches of river. I fished these waters with the gold Aglia given that the cloud cover had moved back again. I finished up catching and releasing another six small to medium size browns before calling it a day at 6:20 PM. The fishing did turn out to be much better than I had expected really, just a shame the trout were not as large as my last trip here. Still, with thirteen browns & four rainbows caught and released as well as hooking and losing several others I shouldn't complain.
End of the trip
Fast water Mersey River
Ghost brown hard body lure
Mersey River brown
Nice Mersey Brown
Rainbow trout taken on gold Aglia Mersey River
Solid little brown