Sunday, February 24, 2013

Middle TN Fly Fishing Report

Gill Plates
The Caney Fork River is showing some signs of life. The Army Corp has begun to dial back the generation finally. The best way to catch fish on the Caney is to throw streamers. Fish are responding to bigger flies and as the water in Center Hill Lake continues to fall generation should be less and less. We are booking streamer floats now, for full and half days. These trips are not for the meek. Throwing big flies on sinking lines is a lot of work. When fish respond they are usually bigger and always a fight.
Southeastern Brook Trout
The Elk River is finally back to a more normal flow. Fish have been responding to well drifted nymphs and soft hackles.  The good news about the Elk is TVA has stopped generation. There is rain in the forecast so everyone's fingers are crossed that it is not another gully-washer. 

Just Hangin' Around
Warmwater Streams in Middle Tennessee are getting back to some sort of normal.  We have been chasing musky a little, just to pass the time. The last trip was with Greg and Matt who came from Alabama. It was a good float, one that saw me behind the oars of a Clackacraft, just to try out another brand of boat. The fish for the most part were exactly where they should be. The Musky would follow, investigate, almost nudge, but then refuse. Musky are fun to chase especially when they rise up out of nowhere. They are fun to catch, but are they as clever as we give them credit?  Guess time will tell.
Southeastern Smallies

Late In The Day

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