Caney fork river

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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Fly fishing Tennessee

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:

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Fishing in Hawaii

Our Christmas present from Missie’s dad in 2011 was a wonderful trip to Hawai’i to see her family. While we were there, we had the opportunity to go fishing for Blue Marlin. I have always wanted to catch one, you could say it is on my bucket list.

The equipment used for this type of fishing is incredible. As you might imagine to hook a fish over 600 pounds you will need some pretty hefty tackle.

Unfortunately, it is called fishing and not catching, so although we gave it our best, we were unable to land any fish this day. We did however get to see the freighter that was used in the TV show, “Lost”.

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Foxglove and clematis

The clematis I planted on the trellis earlier this year is doing well. It is getting quite a few blooms and starting to cover the trellis completely. I finally got a copy of Month-By-Month Gardening in Tennessee and Kentucky by Judy Lowe to help me make sure that I am giving the plants what they need in a timely manner. The Georgia version was a book a pretty much lived by when I was in Georgia, extremely helpful. This morning I learned that clematis likes very acidic soil and the roots like shade but the leaves like sun. I think I will have to get some mulch for the pots to help with this. I will probably get some pine straw or pine mulch since they like the acidity. The roses could use some of that too.

The foxglove is getting a second wind. The first wind had them growing very tall and spindly so I pruned the top of the blooms off so they could put their efforts into growing lower. It has taken a lot of watering this year since we have had quite a heat spell, but they are seeming to acclimate. This is the first time I have grown either foxglove or clematis.

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It’s what I do

I have been messing around with my blog again. I haven’t done it in a while, but I have reflected on some of the things I have done in the past and decided I’d like to compile some of them in one place. I decided to start with my backpacking, I know there is more than what I have compiled, but these were the easy ones because the photos were easy to find. I will continue to look back and update as I find new things.

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Fishing in Florida

In June, I went with Nashville Troop 3 to St. Joseph’s Peninsula in Florida to do some fishing, sailing and paddling.  For much of the time I was on a motor boat that we took with us fishing the flats and other areas in the bay. We caught a large variety of fish including speckled sea trout, flounder, shark

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5th anniversary

Missie and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary this weekend. Last week I refinished the arbor that we said our vows under. Then I got a couple pots of clematis to trellis it on.

Missie and I were married under this!

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School gardens

These are the gardens I’ve been working on it my school this year.

We’ve had many people help with then and they come a long way.

The spiral bed includes a butterfly bush at the center which was transplanted from my house.

With the help of some local pastors we have built 7 raised beds.

Rhubarb is one of the many plants that we have in the garden. The spiral bed is designated to have perennial plants such as strawberrries, rhubarb, and rosemary. We will hopefully get some asparagus and others in there in the future.

We cooked up some of the swiss chard for the students who were working in the garden one day.

Lettuce, spinach and swiss chard have done amazingly.

Composting is being set up to instill the value of using everything you got to the students.

Sunflowers.

Cucumbers, lettuce, and carrots are among other plants which are part of the garden. This has been an awesome experience and I look forward to getting the fruits of my labor.

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Mountain Coaster!

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The ascent of Alex Honnold

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

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