Steve Gardner our guide was using his drift boat, which made for a relaxing float down the scenic Caney. We were using the trout magnet with spinning gear to start the float when Steve landed a nice 18" brown using the 1/64 oz. jig early on. With the Caney fishing quite well at times we manage to land around 15 browns and rainbows. We ended the trip using zebra midges under an indicator and picked up some of the better stockers, which was running between 10" to 12”. This was my first float trip in a drift boat and proved to be a relaxing and memorable trip. The dry fly action was non existence, no rises to speak of and the nymph action at times was good but you had to be at the right seam or pocket at the right time to have any action. Steve is a very capable guide and is guiding now on the Caney as well as the Cumberland. If you are interested in booking a trip with Steve you can contact him at his Email. I hope to be back on the Caney in a couple of weeks wading in some of my favorite spots.
Steve Garnder sent me some images of some of his recent trips on the Caney Fork. I made a trip with him last week on the Caney and had a great time floating in areas of the river I had never seen. One thing about fishing the Caney you should know is there are areas of the river that just don't hold as many fish as some of the bends and cut banks do. Steve's Dad is shown below with a nice brown he caught with Steve in his drift boat. Steve took his Granddaughter out on a trip and she landed a nice brown. Nothing like grand kids!!
Steve's Dad with a nice brown
Steve with his Granddaughter--getting her started at trout fishing
Steve with a nice brown using the trout magnet
Rainbow on the midge
The comfort of the drift boat--notice the crystal clear waters of the Caney