Sunday, September 13, 2009
Caney Fork River
I fished with Clyde and Guil who both came in from North Alabama to fish the Caney Fork. I picked them up at their rental cabin and we were floating by 7:30 a.m. The first thing we noticed was the water was still stained. It looked quite muddy and almost looked like it looked a couple years ago, about the time the lake was turning over. But, it seems a little early for the lake to turn (and I don't want to start any rumors), so we will chalk this one up to a few hard rains on the Plateua.
We fished the usuals early and Clyde, who hasn't been on the long rod too much, was the first to boat a fish. With the low water the blue gills are out in force in the upper part of the river. Clyde boated the blue gill, which barely made it back into the water after a brief discussion of deep fried fish. Next Clyde boated a nice brook trout for his first trout of the day.
Guil was on the long rod early but was also very good with a spinning rod and played with an assortment of spinners and plugs throughout the day. Guil was into the browns most of the day as they chased his offerings. Most of the folks we saw on the river reported slow to no fish.
Reports of one trip earlier of "no fish between Happy & Betty's", which could be the result of the stained water. The water should clear up soon and the river should be back to normal when the water does clear a little.
When we hit the Chute, toward the end of the trip, the trout began to rise. The fish were sipping some midges, hitting mayflys and caddis. After we played with the stockers for a while we called it a day so the guys could get that steak they had been discussing since breakfast.
Guil and Clyde it was pleasure fishing with you. Clyde hang in there on the fly rod your cast really looks good and hope to see you both on the Elk.
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