I have been a fly fisherman off and on since I was probably in middle school fishing for bass at the pond below my parents house with a cheap old fly rod and helgramite flies. I woke up this morning with the fishing bug and realized that since I have been in Tennessee, I haven’t actually done the research to figure out how to fish the Elk River and the Caney Fork River because my buddy Randy has always done the legwork for me. Randy however is out of town and I think that I want to go fishing.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, is responsible for releasing water on these two rivers. The Great Falls Reservoir is on the Caney Fork River and you have to understand the release schedule of the dam in order to be able to fish below the dam. However, according to Southeastern Outdoors, the area below the Center Hill dam is the portion that is stocked with brown and rainbow trout by the TWRA each year. Well, I think I have learned and remember enough now to go get out on the water to see the mist rising off the cool water on what promises to be another very hot day, so wish me luck.
Here are the directions to Center Hill dam: