Thursday, November 4, 2010

Saturday's Caney Fork Trip with my Son-in-law

 Saturday was a day on the Caney for me and my son-in-law. We were fishing below the dam on Center Hill Lake. It was great day just to be outdoors and especially on the beautiful Caney Fork River. We arrive after lunch and got our waders wet around 1:30. There was no top water action at all and no hatch to speak of until just before dark when the small midges in spots starting to move. Most of the afternoon was spent with nymphs and tight lining in fairly fast runs. For some reason the trout were either bumping into the fly and just bumping it out of the way. I lost a number of good fish because of what I just described. I had one good trout on for a few seconds but the fish broke loss of the fly and I never got a look at the size. I know he was good from the pull I got on the hook set. I finally landed one of the stockers using a black bugger and landed another stocker on the bugger later on that afternoon. I was in the company of anglers all around me who was experiencing the same situation. My son-in-law landed 8 or 9 stockers using live bait on his micro light setup. He decided to fish the bait because he wanted to land some of the larger browns. The browns were not cooperating.
 You always come in contact with nice individuals on the Caney and Saturday was no exception. We fish close to Patrick Trenthamp the latter part of the afternoon and he told us one of the best ways to fish the Caney is floating the river. By floating the river you are getting to fish areas that are not pressured as with the areas my son-in-law have been fishing. He offered to carry us in the spring in his 15 ft. canoe-----WE ACCEPTED!! He has been fishing the Caney for years and knows the river much better than we do. B.T. and I are really looking forward to the trip and really glad we met Patrick. I told Patrick I had never met a fisherman who was not friendly and helpful and Patrick is no exception. Thanks Patrick!!
One of the stockers--fun on the 4 wt.
Nice Rainbow from the Micro-light


10 comments:

Shoreman said...

You do meet the nicest people out there.

Mark

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Knock-on-wood ----I have never meet a rude fisherman thanks for the comment

blake said...

Looks like a great day with fammily and glad Patrick turned out to be a real stan-up guy although I've run into plenty of unsavory characters fishing. Must be a Chicago thing!

AYearOnTheFly said...

Family, Friends, and Fishing. No better combination. nice post

Will K said...

Beautiful! I love seeing the combination of a light TFO, a trout and big smiles! Sounds like a great time; you are one heck of a father-in-law! Way to go, Bill!!

Bill Trussell said...

I agree family is everything. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
Really looking forward in the spring for the float trip--it always helps when you can go with someone who knows the river and the honey holes. Thanks for the comment

Mel said...

Looks like fun, Bill. Always fun when you are using light tackle and can get away with it. Looking forward to a great post following your summer float.

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The areas my son-in-law fish are very crowded and has a lot of pressure--the rest of the property along the river are private, so the only way to get to an area not fished as much is with a boat. After we learn those areas my son-in-laws and I will float it by ourselves. The Caney is a great tailrace but to be successful you have to know the areas that are the most productive which is the case on most rivers. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Will
Can't wait to try out 3wt with the light Redington 2/3 fly reel I recently purchased--that set-up should be awesome with some of those spots, trout and gills Thanks for the comment