Monday, February 17, 2014

Fly Fishing the Nashville Area

We just got back in town from the Smoky's. It was another great trip to the mountains and the fish cooperated even though there was snow on the ground, cold water and annoying geese. We had a good turnout at Little River Outfitters for the fly tying demo. As a matter of fact all the visits to the shows, presentations and tying demos have been a great way to spend some of the colder days. 
In the streams of the Smoky Mountains the fish were eating nymphs as expected and would more than likely bust a streamer if presented just right. The water is a bit cold right now and I found a leak in my waders to confirm just how cold. 
The Caney Fork: Center Hill Dam is blowing water into the Caney Fork. The forecast calls for "2 or more" throughout most of the morning hours and they are leaning towards "or more" for the majority of that time. There are some short windows of no generation too and if you decide to take advantage of those windows the fish are active.
Middle TN Musky:The musky waters are on the cold side of cold, however with the short warming trend, well they have to eat sometime. This is a good time to throw big meaty flies. Heck when isn't it a good time to throw big meaty flies? The right retrieve at the right speed is important, but an accurate cast will be the most important part of any technique right now.
The Elk River: Early morning pulses were pretty much normal over the past week and from the looks of the forecast they will continue. These pulses put water in the river and thus we can get the floats done before the sun goes down in the evening. The pulses also give our flies a better float and as the fish look upstream it gives them slightly less time to make a decision. 
Right now the water on the freestones are at a good level and we can chase musky.  Winter trout trips are upon us and the fish are eating nymphs as well as streamers. If you want to set up a trip just email or call/text 615-796-5143 to get a day on the Caney Fork, Elk, Holston or Clinch rivers.

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