I had the best day of trout fishing I have ever had in Tennessee and maybe ever for that matter. Randy was back in town for a few days so we decided to go down to the Caney Fork again on Thursday. He showed me a place I haven’t yet fished down there called Congo bottom, but when we got there the water was still up a little too high to fish that spot, so we went on up to Betty’s Island.
I started with the same set up that I had on Tuesday which was the double fly with a gnat on top and scud on bottom. I got a few hits on this, but Randy was doing much better with a small green streamer. I didn’t have any of those in my fly box, but that is the benefit of going with Randy, he is always happy to share a fly or two.
Now it was raining, so unfortunately I don’t have photo documentation of all the fish we caught, and this may sound like one of those fish stories, but I caught 21 trout and Randy caught 31 for a total of 52 in one afternoon. We caught a mixture of brown, rainbow and brook trout. We never really even had to move more that 100 yards from where we started. The rain certainly didn’t stop the fish from biting.
Since I wasn’t able to get photos on the river, I decided to take some of my equipment. Here is the 4 weight reel that I use most the time.
This was a wonderful day fishing!
I went back down to the Caney Fork River yesterday to check out a couple more of the public access areas inRegion 2. They released 1 generator from that dam from 3am to 5 am, so I expected the water at the I-40 rest area to be down when I got there around 8:30. There was a storm going through, so I decided to go get some gas for my car while it passed.
From my experience last Saturday and some research I had done after that I decided that I needed to try fishing with some midges. I also wanted to try a method that I was originally turned onto by my buddy Randy, which is fishing with a multi-fly rig. It worked pretty well, but I did have some issues with backlash. I ended up catching 2 on the dry-fly and 1 on the midge.
After I got done there, I decided to try the Gordonsville access point. It turned out not to be a very good spot for fly fishing, or really shore fishing for that matter. It is pretty much a boat access. I did talk to a couple other fisherman there though. They hadn’t had much luck.
Well tomorrow I will go again if the weather cooperates. Randy is back.
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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.
Now I have to look back at what I did to see what I can do differently next time.
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.
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Tags: Caney Fork, Caney Fork River, fish, Fly fishing, Nashville, Outdoors, Recreation, Tennessee, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency