Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fishing For Rainbow, Brook and Browns on the Caney Fork River


It has been four years since Jason and I fished the Caney Fork River in Cartridge Tennessee. We were not disappointed with the trip. The crystal clear river was in top form with a slight mist hovering over the water surface when we met David Perry our guide for the half day trip. We had planned a full day, but the weather played a major role in shortening the float.

The view from the drift boat right before we shoved off for the float down stream.
Jason broke the ice quickly with this nice brook trout close to the launch.
A healthy rainbow landed by Jason who by the way was given the front of the boat for the morning, courtesy of Dad. I have to say he beat me on numbers for this trip and even completed the grand slam with the brown added to the mix before we left the river. 
The scenery on this river is absolute stunning with the high rock walls and the rich green foliage.

Jason, getting a super bend in his 9 ft. 4 weight


The prize of the trip for me was this 23” brown I landed near the end of the float. I may never land another trout this large, and certainly not with the 4 wt using a 5X tippet.
What really made this trip special aside from the amount of trout landed was getting to fish with my son Jason. As I have stated before on some of my post, I seldom get to fish with Jason because of his work out in Sacramento. He will be back in Alabama again next spring and hopefully we can make another trip with David, who did a fantastic job of putting us on many trout throughout the morning. His knowledge of the river and his expertise in fly selection, and mending techniques were essential in us having a successful trip. 
 
 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 
 
 



22 comments:

pondstalkerblog.com said...

Bill, that looks like a wonderful place to go on a guided trip. The aura of the river in the fog is the catch to the eye. Sure happy to see that the both of you got to fish together and get into some good fish. What a pig of a Brown Trout!

rivertoprambles said...

Thanks for sharing the results of a fine trip fishing with your son. Along with that special occasion came an awesome looking brown trout. Way to go!

Kevin Frank said...

Great post and pics!

RM Lytle said...

Nice brown trout!

Juan said...

Looks like a great trip! Glad you were both able to get into fish, and WHAT A FISH you caught! good job. That last picture of you and your son is priceless!

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
First float trip ever on the Caney for both of us. We had fished the river wading, but never floating which was an experience. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

River
A first for my son and I, never been on a guided fly fishing trip in the drift boat. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
Thanks Kevin for stopping by

Bill Trussell said...

Rm Lytle
One that I will mount--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Juan
I will have that pic framed--thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

A very impressive brown.
Looks as if all were happy.

Atlas said...

Always awesome to have time fishing with family. Thank you for sharing and congrats on the stellar Brown!

Howard said...

Bill, it reminds me a lot of Clear Creek. What a wonderful way to spend some good time with your son! Thanks!

Michael Agneta said...

That was a heck of a fish. Great that you were able to share those that memory with your son (& us)

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
My 4 weight I was using got quite a workout landing this trout. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Al
I know somewhere in time I will have this fish dry mounted, because I may never land another trout that size. Thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
This tailrace makes one feel like they are fishing a freestone river, because of all the fast water, runs and at times great pocket water. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Michael
Fishing with a guide gives one the opportunity to land numerous trout, but more important it gives one a chance to learn some things that will help them become a better fly fisherman; an excellent learning experience--thanks for sharing

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Sorry I'm a little slow getting to this. I've spent the last couple days with my gyroscope off center. You know, it happens every year or so. Glad you and Jason got some time together. We'll be happy to have Jason back in Sacramento.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
My wife and I really hate to see him leave tomorrow, but he has to go back to work---no more play--this coming assignment for starting Monday has numerous 16 hour days. Thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

A nice trip, and so special. Nothing like morning fog to add to the anticipation of a day on the water.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
We actually had a cool morning, to fish considering it was August, which is one of the hottest months we have in Tennessee. The mist and the trout landed were special. Thanks for the comment