The fishing has been OK on the Elk. Using nymphs and small streamers has been working pretty good. Most of the fish are eating below the surface so dries can be tough. Swinging soft hackles through faster moving water has been taking some fish as well. The temps remain around the 58 degree mark and when the water clears, anglers will have opportunities for more fish.
|David Delivering "the Groceries"|
The Caney Fork- There have been some discussions concerning the water clarity, dissolved oxygen levels and general overall poor water quality of the Caney lately. The sluice water is dingy green with lots of roughage and junk mixed in. The fishing has been off as of late, compared to earlier in the year. The water is clearing just a bit and visibility is about 4' now. The water temps are still running in the 62 - 63 degree mark, according to my thermometer which is tied to about 4' of 20 lb floro and dropped over the side of the drifter (hi-tech stuff- this trout fishing ).
|Fall Along the River|
I was going to take a couple weeks off, but....David and I got out for a day on the river. The sky is clear right now and Fall is in full swing. That begs the question....is fishing better on a cloudy day or is that just a myth? David brought a streamer rod and, as he said, he was going to throw "the groceries". He arrived with some really nice looking articulated goodies as well as some nice single hook creations. My plan was to throw streamers, dries and nymphs or just about everything. We were lucky and caught fish on all of them. We started out the day with me in the casting brace throwing a really nice shad type pattern that we used earlier in the year. We tried different retrieves, against the bank but the fish weren't interested. We switched colors, patterns and anglers. Then David hooked up while banging the banks with an articulated fly. He immediately got the chance to row again.Leo at Cumberland Transit loaned me a Cortland Big Sky 9'-5wt and asked me to give it a try. I have seen these rods in the shop but haven't really given them a second glance. Before this day was over the rod would get a good test. We rigged double nymph set-up and picked up some fish. We spotted some fish here and there. The brook trout are pretty active right now. Some of the brookies are in full color and some are silvery with almost no color. All the fish looked relatively healthy.
|We caught several Rainbows|
|A Nice Brown on a Small Dry|
|A Nice Bow Under Blue-Bird Skies on a Small Dry|
|Gettin Out There|