Fly Fishing | Tasmania | Mersey River

Fishery 4.3 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Mersey River catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Still morning caenid hatches
  • River mayfly hatches
  • Brown trout chasing bait

Target Species - Seasons

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Note: species & seasonal information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritative information visit https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.



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Fishing

This river fishes well all season long and is particularly good in the first half of the season. Early mornings on this river see amazing caenid hatches (an extremely small species of mayfly), and through the day you can expect to see both mayfly and caddis hatching. Late summer has some good grasshopper fishing, and late in the season a lot of the brown trout feed on runs of baitfish up the river. Fish eat dry flies well throughout the length of the river, however early in the season, nymphing the faster water can produce good numbers of browns and rainbows.

Access

There is plenty of access along the Mersey from Liena, all the way down to Latrobe just above the estuary. Areas such as Merseylea, Kimberly, Weegena and Railton are all great options. The IFS has many angler access points and step overs so please use these and respect landowner’s properties.

Note: access information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritative information visit https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.

Flies

Parachute Adamsbrown trout
rainbow trout
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Royal Stimulatorbrown trout
rainbow trout
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Elk Hair Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
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Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
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Tag Nymph (Pink)brown trout
rainbow trout
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Black or Olive Streamerbrown trout
rainbow trout
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F-Flybrown trout
rainbow trout
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