Monday, January 14, 2013

Elk River Report

Foggy Angling
Caney Fork- There have been a few hours of no generation and one generator release over the past week. Now there is a lot of water in Center Hill Lake and with Great Falls scheduled to release 30,000+ CFS in the coming days, well, it is going to be a while before we see favorable releases. Today there is sleet and heavy rain again. For anyone planning to fish the Caney in the next few days...stay home and tie flies.
There Are A Lot of These in the River Right Now
Elk River- TVA is only scheduled to release 100 CFS from Tims Ford Dam for the next few days. The water in the river seems to be a little lower than the 100 CFS. I say that because the flow in most places is super slow and the shoals downstream seem to be more exposed. The fishing would be even better with another 20-50 CFS releasing. 
Gill Plates
The water temps in the Elk are still 48 degrees and the fish are happy. There are some rising fish and there some small midge hatches, but nothing to write home about. It is best to tie on a nymph and hit the river. The fish won't respond to every nymph put in front of them. They will respond to a nymph bouncing along or close to the bottom. Speaking of the bottom it has been scoured by the heavy generation and personally I like that better than all the vegetation that creeps in over the course of the Summer. It is difficult to predict what will happen with the weather and water levels in the lakes and rivers. If the rain continues though we might see additional releases from Tims Ford Dam.

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