Figured it was time to give a quick report on the tailwaters in Middle Tennessee or at least a couple of them anyway. If you are reading this and on the fence about booking a trip...angler's are having very good days in the casting braces of the F/V Southeastern Fly.
The Caney Fork River- The water clarity is finally improving on this tailwater. The Army Corps. is releasing a limited amount of water from Center Hill Dam and that is making for some sloooooow presentations. Clear and low water means anglers better bring their stealthy!
Getting a fly to the better fish can be a real challenge. It seems there have been a lot of smaller browns stocked in the upper reaches of the river. This isn't all bad as it gets angler's warmed up and gets them ready to hunt down the better fish that are coming later in the floats.
Dry-droppers are working. A larger Parachute Adams with a midge dropper will keep anglers busy and there is always that chance for a good top water strike. If you can get on the river with falling water and get a chance to use soft hackles your catch rate is sure to go up. Nymphs are fishing good as well, but like I said in the opening paragraph for the Caney, be ready to endure some sloooooow presentations.
The Elk River- Just the other day I fished the Elk with Howard. He purchased a drifter and rowed me the entire way down the river. So for the first time I can remember I was able to fish all day. Thanks Howard!
Small to medium sized midges are bringing fish to the net. Nymphs are still the best way to increase the catch rate. Experiment with different sizes and don't be afraid to go with sizes that you may have never tried before. As the weather warms the fish begin to look up dries will eventually pick up fish. But don't go to the river expecting an all dry fly day.
Speaking of warming weather we are getting closer to terrestrial season. Hopper-dropper rigs are just around the corner. We are beginning to book trips into June. So it may be a good time to get a date on the calendar. There we go, reports from both tailwaters and hope the information helps. More trip reports are just about ready to post. Thanks for stopping by the fishing report.
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