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David Knapp
08-12-2008, 08:34 PM
I went fishing today and left wondering why I bother to make trips out west... The reason? A nice 22 inch Caney Fork brown caught after 20 minutes of sight fishing with small flies which is about as good as it gets...

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ChemEAngler
08-12-2008, 09:07 PM
David,
It is official now, you have exceeded your number of quality fish this year. If I were you I wouldn't even bother going back out again this year.

Seriously though, very nice fish. What a summer you are having. We need to get together sometime, maybe when I take that trip out to the Cumberland in October.

Travis

Troutman
08-12-2008, 09:16 PM
I went fishing today and left wondering why I bother to make trips out west...

That how I feel too! We have some of the best fishing in the country right here in our back yard. Trophy size trout and smallmouth fishing, big stripers, beautiful native brookies.
Thats a great catch you have there David. Congrats!

Gerry Romer
08-12-2008, 10:00 PM
Very nice fish you have there!

And to think I almost went to the Caney yesterday :frown:.

Instead, as you probably read, I went back up to the Lynn Camp gorge. I'm still looking for that brown you think you spotted...

So, next trip? The Caney for sure :biggrin:

Congrats again!!

Grumpy
08-12-2008, 11:03 PM
nice catch, if you look to your left, somebody left a rod/treel in the water:rolleyes:

Grumpy

David Knapp
08-12-2008, 11:16 PM
nice catch, if you look to your left, somebody left a rod/treel in the water:rolleyes:

Grumpy

Man, I wish I would have seen that. I need a new rod or two...:biggrin: Honestly, I really need to quit doing that. When I put new line on that reel this summer, I had to replace the backing because it had molded. After releasing that fish and going back to fishing, the reel was sounding funny (like it had grit in the drag) until I opened it and rinsed it thoroughly...definitely not a good thing...:eek:

Gerry Romer
08-13-2008, 10:42 AM
Hey, if I'd pulled in a brown like that I probably would have forgotten all about my rod 'til I was halfway back to Maryville!

Grit?? What's that?

Rod?? What rod?

Now that I think about it, when Bill hall and I floated it, we pulled a little 5' spinning outfit out of about 4' of water right above Happy Hollow. Gave it to some kid fishing downstream... made his day!

David Knapp
08-14-2008, 04:22 PM
It never ceases to amaze me the stuff I find on the bottom in tailwaters. I've seen all kinds of stuff, often in water that is too deep to reach and usually stuff that won't work so well after being in the water awhile (watches, etc). My favorite finds are always when I find a bunch of flies all stuck on some underwater object. Last year in Colorado I found probably 20 or so flies all tangled around one little branch and most were still in great shape. Not a bad way to find out some secret patterns...:biggrin:

By the way Gerry, I know where a few more browns like that live so sometime this fall give me a holler and we'll see if we can distract you from your rod...I need a few more and as long as you plan on leaving it in the water, I'll be glad to pick it up and take good care of it...:rolleyes:

rainshaker
08-14-2008, 04:37 PM
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I know where a few more browns like that live...



So if I use mapquest, should i just type in my location and "Mr Brown?" ....I'm assuming anything that size must have it's own zip code...:biggrin:

fishingman62
08-14-2008, 05:36 PM
hey david is that down towards the bluffs ...nice brown there are some dandys in the caney ...wed i landed one at 18 inches just at dark on my adams dry i use as an indicator...

Luke Warmwater
08-14-2008, 05:38 PM
Nice fish Dude. Looks like you were right where we were talking about when I was in the store a few weeks back. Nice little honey hole!
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David Knapp
08-14-2008, 05:45 PM
hey david is that down towards the bluffs

No...although there are good fish in that area as well. The number of good fish in that river never ceases to amaze me. There are fish that size and better at every single major access point, its just a matter of finding them and especially finding them actively feeding where they are easy to target...

Jswitow
08-15-2008, 02:51 PM
David,
Very nice fish! I need to get over there, you said you sight fishing to a rising fish? Awesome stuff.

Were you fishing 5 or 6x? Hate to have to fish 6x to a fish that size!
Congratulations,
John

David Knapp
08-15-2008, 03:11 PM
John, the fish was rising but not steadily. I was sight fishing with subsurface midges which I enjoy almost as much if not more than sight fishing with dries... 6x tippet was the order of the day but I was using Seaguar Grand Max FX which is as strong or nearly as strong as most mono 5x tippet... Some luck did come into play also as it usually does for a fish that large...:rolleyes: If you're ever wanting someone to fish the Caney with, let me know. I'll be limited to fishing on Sundays for awhile with school in session but have a weeklong break in October when I plan on fishing it a lot.