The PredatorRachel and Jamie started coming to fish on the Caney Fork two years ago. The first float yielded way too many trout to count, but no browns. We have fished together several times over the past couple years and each of those times the goal has been to catch a large brown....for Rachel.
We started the day on nymphs and caught some rainbows early. We saw the first paddle fish of the year. This beast was about four feet long and hanging above the Stocker Hole. The fish was swimming lazily between boats, kayaks and canoes. The paddle fish looked a bit beat up with scars and slashes, but otherwise it appeared healthy. We stayed on nymphs, then we began sight fishing with dries and droppers. We continued the early part of the float fishing on top and stopped for a while to fish for feeding-fish. Jamie focused on a nice section with some cruising fish, while Rachel cast to feeding fish among some structure.
Rainbows and More Rainbows
We continued fishing on top water with some nymphs mixed in. Jamie and Rachel continued to pick up fish here and there, but no sizable browns. Then Jamie's indicator went under and the four weight took on a nice bend. The fish ran him in circles and generally saw most of the section of the river that we were trying to pull the fish from. Finally, we got the fish to the net and began to take photos. The photo below explains the celebration....well it explains Jamie's celebration, not necessarily Rachel's celebration.
We had caught our share of rainbows, some smaller browns and a couple pretty good browns. It was getting late in the evening and the fish were starting lay down for the evening. The smaller fish were starting to lay down for the evening, the bigger fish, specifically the larger browns were just getting cranked up.
We continued a slow float toward the takeout. Rachel was still on the six weight throwing to rising fish and even caught a small brown. We put a lot of time into the preparation, the right water, at the right time, the right fly and the hot stick. The rod that has caught more large browns this year than the streamer rods. All we needed was the right fish to show itself.