Yesterday I went fishing on the Caney Fork River and had the chance to explore for myself some of the area, since I didn’t have a guide to take me to the hot spots. It was a little slow going at first, but I got to check out some back roads.
Here is a post from fly fishing Tennessee that has some useful information about fly fishing the Caney Fork and other places in TN.
I started at the day fishing at Happy Hollow access point after I got finished driving around on the dirt roads that led me to places it looked like I should have permission to be there. I spoke with another fly-fisherman from Nashville who had spoken with some other folks and said that I should stay toward the shore if I went upstream and pretty much the same down stream. I went down stream a ways before I decided the water was deeper than what I wanted to wade in. There were very few fish surfacing at this point so I used some streamers to see if that would work. They didn’t. I think I am going to have to visit a fly shop and get some midges. After I had fished upstream a while, I decided this place was too crowded and I wanted to go check another spot.
I headed downstream to Betty’s Island access point. I first started heading downstream and once again found the water deeper than I wanted to wade. So I worked my way upstream still using the streamers. A couple TWRA officers stopped by to check my license and then I continued upstream. I started seeing some fish in the water, but I’m pretty sure because of the way they were schooling, they were shad. I had seen a few fish surfacing at this point so I decided to change to a dry fly and see what that would get me. I tried that for a while and then I decided I had about enough not catching fish so I headed downstream to work my way out. When I started getting close to the put in point, I noticed a couple other fly fisherman were having a little luck. So I observed them and noticed a lot more fish surfacing. I started to have a little luck at this point. I was able to catch about 4 or 5 little brown trout.
So, now I know the Caney Fork River is in Region 2 and Region 3 of the TWRA Boating and Fishing Access Sites. I have 3 other access sites to try next time I go. It is very important to know the generation schedule. You can get an app for your ios or android device to help with this. The nail knot is a good one for connecting tippet to leader. The blood knot is another good one for this.
Well, now I am ready to go to a fly shop and get back out there.