Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Learning Curve on the Caney Fork

  This past Saturday my son-in-law and I made a trip to the Caney Fork. We spent the day with the canoe, kayak, and flat bottom boat crowd along with a large group of bank fishermen. Of course this is what to expect on a weekend. We had a great trip landing numbers of rainbow throughout day. The selection of the fly changed as much as the wind direction during the day. You have to be willing to make a change to adapt to some of the hatch patterns that occur on the river. This is something I have learned over past trips to the Caney. Every time I make the trip I treat it as a learning experience now. This trip for me was a time to try some of the comments that was made on my recent post. “Indicator verses Tight Lining.” I spent most of the morning tinkering with the indicator in some great runs and some pockets. I applied the advice that Bigerrfish, Midgeman and Colorado Angler gave me. Patience, watching every move of the indicator, working with my line placement, and making sure that the fly was the first thing that the trout saw. After close to three hours of missing and misreading the indicator, I finally landed my first trout in a seam with the indicator moving through the seam, but this time the little pause was a trout and hooked in the upper lip.

From the run
I learned you really have to paid close attention to what the indicator is doing throughout a run. One trout is better than no trout so I am glad I took the time to apply all the advice given to me the past week. After lunch I decided to go with the double nymph system to no avail, so my son-in-law and I changed tactics and went with a olive wooly buggers tight lining.

Sorry for the bad pic, me being the camera operator
We managed to land three trout in less than 10 minutes, but after that it was lights out, until dark when my son-in-law landed a couple of fish on a tiny rapala using his micro-light rig.

My son-in-law landing a bow in one of the pockets
This ended a great trip along with a lot of information gathered and learned. This is what makes fishing so addictive to me. I am ready to make another trip in the next couple of weeks.


  1. That's a start Bill! It will all come together with a little practice and before it your hand will be quicker than your brain.

  2. When I was over on the Lower Owens,using an indicator, there was no question when I had a hit. I wonder how many I missed.


  3. Bill - sounds like you had yourself a mighty fine day, all the same.

    Any time on the water tossing a line, is a blessing...and a learning experience.

    This interest is one that is easy to learn, but takes a lifetime to master...if even then.

    There's going to come a day when, as you're watching your line drift, you'll just 'know' you've got a take...and you'll make the set.

    Until then - enjoy the great company and the excitement of tossing a fly!

  4. You're right, it's one of the great things about fishing. There's always something new to learn or try out. The possibilities are endless. Great report!

  5. Shoreman
    You will be amazed at how many fish you never detect. Than is what I am working on, and will continue to try to get better at. Thanks for the comment

  6. Colorado Angler
    I agree just being on the water was a plus, the indicator lesson was fun to do, and I learned something extra about nymphing. Thanks for the comment

  7. Midgeman
    One thing I noticed about the nymph drift when the trout hit was the slight little pause in the indicator, it never went under just that slight little pause. At that moment I set the hook, and I remember thinking later, ha that could have been another miss. I realize I will never be able to detect every hit but being able to see the reaction of the indciator was reward enough not to mention landing the trout. Thanks for the comment.

  8. Troutrageous
    I have discovered I will never learn everything about this great sport, but it is fun trying. Thanks for the comment.

  9. Bigerrfish
    The plus in this trip was the fact that I actually landed the trout that took the nymph for an instance and got hooked. I could go back tomorrow, but my wife said the grass needs mowing. Thanks for the commnet.

  10. Hey Bill - forgot to ask: Tigers or Tide?

  11. Tring out new ideas on the water makes it more fun. If what I've been doing is working I'll try something else and see if that works too! I don't know if I'll ever master the indicator. Great post!

  12. Tide all the way---my son graduated there--my daughter graduated from Auburn, but I am still a Tide fan. I have never been a Tiger fan---fans are too crazy and obnoxious---BUT my true loyalty lies with the Ole Miss Rebels, that is where I graduated from and I was born and raised in Miss. My Dad graduated from OM, so I will always be an Ole Miss fan.

  13. Hi Bill
    I am glad I am not alone here. I too may never master the indicator, but I feel I am better at it than I was a month ago. Thanks for the comment.