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"Angling is an art - Hannah Ledger

and an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

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2017 12 13 Solid little brownI 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.

Adrian Webb

 End of the trip

2017 12 13 End of the trip


Fast water Mersey River

2017 12 13 Fast water Mersey River


Ghost brown hard body lure

2017 12 13 Ghost brown hard body lure


Mersey River brown

2017 12 13 Mersey River brown


Nice Mersey Brown

2017 12 13 Nice Mersey Brown


Rainbow trout taken on gold Aglia Mersey River

2017 12 13 Rainbow trout taken on gold Aglia Mersey River


Solid little brown

2017 12 13 Solid little brown

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