Monday, February 8, 2016

Fly Fish the Caney Fork on High Water

***This Float Is Not Recommended***
So we sit here waiting for the lake levels to get right and wait to get back on the river. The wading anglers have been having a rough winter with virtually no opportunity for a good day on the river. For those with boats there have been few opportunities unless fishing on a two generator release is deemed float-worthy by the captain. 
The water over the past two weeks has been even higher than over the past couple months. But Eric and I decided to do a quick float none the less. The schedule read 3 generators and the sluice around the clock. All that added up to 14,000+ CFS or as some might say "a whole lot of water"

The fish could be anywhere and structure seemed to be the best place to start lookin'. We slowly fished weighted streamers against structure or at least where the structure was laying before all this water came through the dam. 

Does that technique work? Yes we caught fish but it wasn't easy, I really don't recommend it and I'm in no hurry to go back. But you don't know if you don't go. Fishing sow streamers on high water takes patience. 

Calls are coming in for trips starting in a few weeks. It looks like the musky water might be the first to come around, then hopefully the Elk. Finally after several more feet Center Hill Lake will be low enough to get some good windows for floating and then wading. 
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