The Elk River: The lower part of the river is fishing better than the upper and middle sections. When the fog is laying on the water the fish in the Elk have been responding to a midge under a midge/dry dropper. Fish the shoals and more shallow water for the best results with the midges.
The fish continue to respond to nymphs for the most part. The 240 CFS flow pushes those nymphs along at a good pace. The flow is still slow enough that an almost perfect drift is a must. The evening brings out the dries, but I can't really say any one pattern works best. The best thing to do is bring a handful of small dries and keep changing when the fish refuses the pattern a time or two.
TWRA has a presence on the river or should I say in the river. They were set up in a perfect place and stepped from the bank and into the water as we approached their position. They had checked a large number of boats and wading anglers and must have been in that position for a while. We were sure glad to see them, feel free to tell a friend...The Caney Fork: The morning fly selection mirrors the Elk. "When the fog is laying on the water the fish in the Caney have also been responding to a midge under a midge/dry. Fish the shoals and more shallow water for the best results." We have been turning to terrestrials at mid-day with a nymph as a dropper.
It seems there are pods of fish feeding on top in the usual places. I placed an order for some very small dries this week and when they come in my hope is the fish will not be able to resist them. The usual size #18 - 20 isn't consistently the ticket. We will see if I chose right or not. Oh and there are several new hopper patterns in the arsenal as well.