View Full Version : duck river at normandy dam tailwater

11-14-2009, 07:27 PM
does anyone know if the duck river at normandy dam holds trout this time of year .....i have never fished there but it appears to be the only wadeable water sunday for fishing.....any input greatly appreciated
dan in crossville

11-14-2009, 07:33 PM
It does.
It was stocked on November 5th.
I am going down myself on Monday.
Good Luck!

ps..let us know how you do.

11-14-2009, 07:58 PM
thaxs wm.. if not to much trouble.... is the 420 discharge wadeable without much current and is the dam area the best choice to try ... does it hold fish well after stocking or will it be fished out ... its a 2 and a half hour drive for me hate to get there and find its caught out thaxs again dan

11-14-2009, 09:12 PM
I have only fished the Duck at Normandy two times, so I know very little about it, but I will give you my opinion. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will respond.
I would assume that you can wade at 420 cfs. I am basing this on the Elk, which is about the same size river. I love it it 470 cfs.
It will not be fished out. Last year they stocked 3500 fish in November, so I assume (there's that word again) that they did close to the same this year.
Again, based on last year they stocked four different places. The first and second bridge below the dam, Cortner's Mill, and Dement bridge. Go to Bing (formerly MSN) Maps and you can find these locations. It is a small area all around Normandy, so everything is easy to find.
It would be worth your while to go down and explore. Again my opinion.
Good Luck and let me know how you do as I plan on going Monday.

11-14-2009, 09:21 PM
thaxs again william your input is greatly apprciated if i can ever help you out on any cany info just give me a shout at fishingman62@hotmail.com dan

11-15-2009, 12:11 PM
Hey guys...
We were planning on fishing the Elk this week, but it looks like TVA is going to squash those plans. Wm1...I see you are going tomorrow. Hoping you will post a report! Thanks

11-15-2009, 12:54 PM
Better get busy, Rachel. Month's half over.

11-15-2009, 02:19 PM
I know Charlie...I know!! We have a float trip planned for the Caney on Wednesday...just trying to find some wadeable water for Tuesday.

11-16-2009, 04:59 PM
i ended up not making the trip to the duck stayed home and finished up fall yard work .....i was unsure of what the 420cfi did to the river after reciving an email...i know if the caney is sluicing under 400 its still very wadeable...alflygirl if i was you i would have an intermediate or sinking line or some splitshot if you don't have those lines to fish the caney wed....the 1800 sluicing will have the river up .... it won't be moving to fast to fish but you will need to get down with the current the 1800 sluicing produces ... if my buddy gets his drift boat we will be there also wed weather permitting .... good luck and hopefully wm will post a report o the duck and what the 420cfi does to the river for future reference

11-16-2009, 05:34 PM
Thanks for the info fishingman. I got an email from somebody else that said there were folks wading on the Duck today so I think we are going to give it a shot tomorrow. We will be in a Hyde drifter with green logo and trim on it on the Caney on Wednesday. Give us a shout if you make it up there.

Jack Hise
11-16-2009, 07:59 PM
The Duck is wadable between the bridge and the dam at 420 cfs. You just have to be carefull of the deeper holes. The hot fly was a size 10 Prince Nymph about 4' under a strike indicator.
It's a little tougher wading downstream of the bridge but can be done.

11-16-2009, 09:48 PM
Go for it!
I fished the Duck today and there are a lot of places that you can wade.
Here is a full report of my day.
Started at Courtners Mill. Fished for about an hour. Caught nothing.
Went up to the dam and there were a few people fishing so I went down under the first bridge. Caught several nice fiesty 10" rainbows downstream from there. Fished in areas that I could wade. Caught most of my fish near the bank in eddys. Fished about 1,000 feet down.
From there I wanted to explore some other areas so I next went down to the second bridge. Went upstream, but not a lot of wadable water. Did catch a couple. Actually went all the way up to the hatchery. Some nice bluffs and deeper water up there, but that is not my style. (A bait caster's dream).
I then went downstream from the bridge and caught a couple more.
My last stop was at Dement bridge, downstream. Had three hits, assumed that they were trout, and then caught two bass, so I don't know if there are trout that far down or not.
All in all a good day.
But, it is not the Caney and it is not the Elk. But, it is wadable and there are rainbows to be caught....and, the best part, no one else fishing except at the dam.
Best fly of the day was a chartruse woolybugger. Caught most of the trout on it and both bass, along with a couple on bluegill.
Hope that this helps you make a decision about tomorrow.
I will go back. It is a beautiful river, especially when you get away from the dam.
Good Luck!

11-16-2009, 10:43 PM
Thanks for the report William. Guess I need to broaden my mid Tennessee horizons. Silvercreek

11-17-2009, 02:46 PM
thaxs for the report wm it sounds like the duck will make a good option when other tailwaters are unfishable....going to check the weather for over that way and might have to make the trip if we can't float the caney wed

11-17-2009, 03:36 PM
I plan on fishing it more.
It is a pretty river and I didn't see any other folks fishing except for three at the dam.
I do enjoy solitude!
And there is quite a bit of access to different types of water. Some walking required.
And, the quality of the stocked rainbows appear to be very good.
And I can drive there in less than an hour.

11-17-2009, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the info William. It is good to know that the Duck can be a wadeable option as it seems they may run the generators on the Elk FOREVER. As cold and windy as it was today, I don't think we missed anything. We shifted our plans til later in the week, so if we end up making it to the Duck I will definitely post a report.

11-18-2009, 09:47 AM
I've learned alot from this thread,thanks.
One thing that struck me odd was a man was murdered while fishing alone on the Duck near Columbia last Sunday...I fish alone and I noticed several others here enjoy solitude,everybody be careful out there.

11-18-2009, 09:58 AM
Yeah, that is troubling. Anyone hear what was behind this. Details were sketchy. I generally fish alone. Or at least go alone, and end up in a crowd.

11-18-2009, 11:42 AM
ALflygirl, the Elk will probably run until the elevation of the lake is at 870. At the rate it's falling, that will be a while. Maybe they will let up on it for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Rebelsoul, yes that is sad. But, we are probably safer on a secluded stream than a lot of other places. Not to say that we shouldn't always keep our guard up. I do not carry a weapon, but I am sure that many do.

Silvercreek, I know what you mean about ending up in a crowd. One of my biggest problems concerning a crowd is, I like to work a whole section of a stream or river. I am not one that can stand in one spot and keep throwing my fly or flies to the same fish. When the stream is crowded I can't do that. Besides that, fishing in solitude is so peaceful; and that is basically why I took up flyfishing.

11-18-2009, 12:46 PM
William, yep I like to stalk them. Watching a good fish eyeball your fly and take it is as good as it gets. Regards, Silvercreek

11-19-2009, 10:42 PM
I like, muddy banks
wind in your face
a cold rain
January snow
because I suspect
many others don't