The Caney Fork River- The water levels have been high. We've fished the river on two generators, one generator and falling water from two generators reducing to one generator. We've caught fish on all three types of releases and some nice fish have come to the net.
If you guessed that streamers have been the hot fly, well, then you'd be right. There are many different ways to fish'em and we have some good ones. It's in the retrieve and naturally a little luck will go a long way.
There are hundreds of streamer patterns and seemingly no "magic bullet". There are patterns that are the correct shape and size, as well as the correct color. Fly shop bins are full of those patterns. If you were at Cumberland Transit last Thursday night you may have tied a couple of them during the class. The right pattern is nice, but the most important thing to consider, just like fishing dries and nymphs, is the presentation. Speed of retrieval is something that needs to be correct and if there isn't someone there to help you through the correct speed then the only way to get the correct retrieve is trial and error. Naturally we can help speed up the trial and error on a float and if you have specific questions please just let me know and I would be happy to help.
The Elk River- This river continues to fish good in most sections. The fish are eating some streamers, but those eats are more miss than hit. The nymph continues to bring fish to the net and with promising numbers. The water clarity is better than anytime over the past 6 months and the traffic, for the most part, is low.
So where are the fish holding? Well for the most part they are holding on structure. Structure doesn't always mean they are holding on the next log down the river, although with the right current they probably are holding there. Structure also can mean a hole. On this river, holes are important. In Observations From the Tailwaters Part II, there is a segment that provides information about fishing through holes. Knowing all the holes on the Elk would be impossible, but if you fish a particular section of the river, over time the holes will become more identifiable. Knowing the different levels of the river bottom will increase your catch rate for sure.
After taking a break over the past few weeks, the open dates are slowly beginning to fill. Also the "Will Call" list is filling as well. Look for more frequent reports as the drifter is on the water more over the next several weeks.
If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river e-mail or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water. For additional booking information see our Homepage and to see the latest fishing report click here.