Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Mike and Jim came up to fish the Caney Fork River via Woodstock GA. I met them at Mike's motor home and we loaded their gear into the truck for the quick ride to the access. Mike has been fly fishing for over twenty years and Jim has been fly fishing a little less than ten years. Both are accomplished anglers and we went searching for bigger fish. The day started out with a little fog, but it was predicted to be sunny and hot.
Monday, June 21, 2010
We have been back on the water this week and specifically the Caney Fork. The dam has been the talk of all us river rats since last year. The repairs are supposed to cost upwards of $300,000,000.00 and take seven years. While the Army Corps fixes the seep water and cracks, I decided to go find the fish, cause they are there....somewhere.
We hooked up early, well Dan, hooked up early and we boated some hatchery brats. But, on this day we gravitated back to throwing streamers for larger fish. It was hot, real hot and I must admit the heat won. The next thing we knew the boat was parked on a gravel bar and we were wet wading. I ended up on nymphs pretty early while Dan and Mark stayed on streamers a bit longer.
We fished everything under the surface and didn't really try any dries. One of the reasons was that we were stuck on streamers until the sun came out. Then it was so hot that watching the indicator seemed like the right thing to do. The rainbows were the first to come to the nymphs. I have been just fishing a single nymph rig a lot lately. Who knows why, other than the single nymph seems to bring some of the better fish than a nymph and midge or even a couple midges. Later in the Summer we will create our own midge hatch with the triple midge rigs. Right now in the heat of the Summer the single offering seems to work about as good as anything else on the river, for me anyway.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I am going to pack the boat for another trip while this thing uploads. Anyway for everyone stuck in a cubical, office or just workin for a livin, hope you enjoy.
Thanks to the J.R. Perry Band for the music...
Monday, June 14, 2010
The Hatchery Brats Were Out Again
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
We have spent many a days on the river waiting for canoes to pass or speeding up to beat them to the next hole, just in time to catch a fish or two, then rowing like crazy to the next hole. The Caney is public water, so after a while canoe hatches become part of the challenge.
Gaddling.com has put together a piece on lazy rivers and yep, the Caney is right in the mix for best floats. You can read the short article here.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
During our ride to the river we discussed the new ramp that will be built at Stonewall Bridge. I have mixed emotions about the ramp, because of the additional traffic that will be on the river. But additional access isn't all bad, because it opens up more options for floats.
The TWRA has been stocking the hatchery brats in the river at a good rate this year. So far they have stocked just under 40,000 fish in the river including 26,000 rainbows. The hope is these fish will keep us entertained between the holdovers that make for good photo ops.
We rowed the drifter down the river to meet our deadline. We had to be back at the ramp early and continued to hit the best water as we floated along discussing many topics. Anthony hooked up with more of the bigger fish and I took care of the smaller fish throughout the trip.