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rbreedi1
03-07-2011, 07:01 PM
I have never been to the elk before but since it is now the closest tailwater for trout since moving, I'm going to start visiting this area. I have looked up access areas and seems the best areas are farris creek and hwy 50. How do these areas fish and does the elk have any good hatches? Anyone have any other areas to check out? Also I haven't laid eyes on this tailwater but what are safe wading conditions as far as flow from TVA? Sorry about all the questions, just trying to get a feel for the place before I get up there. Thanks, I appreciate any info.

BlueRaiderFan
03-08-2011, 01:32 AM
I've only been a few times. Flows above 500 I would consider sketchy as it's narrow but I could be wrong. They do not follow the generation schedule nearly as accurately as the Caney so be prepared for heavy generation when they shouldn't be on occasion. I've never done very well on the Elk so I don't know where the best fishing is. Every time I've been I've seen pale dunn flies hatching. I would try small streamers too, maybe even some pheasant tail nymphs or hares ear and pull them like streamers. If you go below the dam, walk about a 1/4 mile down river and then fish back toward the dam with dries, then I would tie on my small streamers and start pulling them slowly against and across current. These are just ideas I have developed from fishing there and may or may not be good ideas. I haven't had a lot of attention on dries there. I have been told to rig a midge so that it floats in the film as a dropper. I have been wanting to try a midge without a bead head to see if it was more effective but haven't been down there in a while. I hope this helps.

rbreedi1
03-08-2011, 10:24 AM
Thanks for the helpful info, looking forward to trying this place out.

fishingman62
03-08-2011, 01:57 PM
the elk for me and my buddies has always been hit or miss.... the flies that were succsesful for us were... pheasent tails ,soft hackles, midges ,and a small fly we tie that is half soft hackle and and half streamer,size's would be 14 - 18 with a bead head.... a little succsess on small dries size 16 probably an attractor pattern in black, brown or a parachute adams i say black as i had some succsess on an ant pattern...fish below the dam starting at the bridge or further down river as blue raider suggested or even further down river as blue raider suggested ... hope this helps you a bit
dan

highpockets
03-08-2011, 02:07 PM
Hey Rbreedi1: E-mail me sometime and we'll go or i'll push you in the right direction. It's where I fish most of the time.

steve.w.miller@us.army.mil

BlueRaiderFan
03-08-2011, 03:55 PM
Hey Rbreedi1: E-mail me sometime and we'll go or i'll push you in the right direction. It's where I fish most of the time.

steve.w.miller@us.army.mil


Yes, for sure call Steve. A very good source and stop by Tim's Flies and Lies on the square to get some fly recommendations etc.

rbreedi1
03-08-2011, 07:19 PM
Thanks for the info guys.. highpockets, I'll shoot you an email.

BlueRaiderFan
03-12-2011, 11:40 PM
Stopped by the Elk today and met a young man that had never fly fished before...report on my blog:

http://tennesseeflyfishing.blogspot.com/2011/03/fishing-elk-near-lynchburg-tn.html

rbreedi1
03-13-2011, 02:15 PM
Stopped by the Elk today and met a young man that had never fly fished before...report on my blog:

http://tennesseeflyfishing.blogspot.com/2011/03/fishing-elk-near-lynchburg-tn.html

Thanks for the report, I'm going to try to make a trip over there next weekend and give it a try.

BlueRaiderFan
03-13-2011, 03:08 PM
rbreed1,

Thanks, if you read my blog before I ammended it you may not have gotten all of the info. Bring tiny flies...maybe some size 18-20 pmds or stop by Tim's and ask about recommended flies. Whatever you bring, make sure it's small and you use lots of leader and tippet. Be very cautious...these trout are more spooky than trout in the Smokies!

Dwayne

rbreedi1
03-13-2011, 05:29 PM
rbreed1,

Thanks, if you read my blog before I ammended it you may not have gotten all of the info. Bring tiny flies...maybe some size 18-20 pmds or stop by Tim's and ask about recommended flies. Whatever you bring, make sure it's small and you use lots of leader and tippet. Be very cautious...these trout are more spooky than trout in the Smokies!

Dwayne

Sounds like I may have my work cut out! Hey, I'm fine as long as I can wet a line. :cool:

Luke Warmwater
03-13-2011, 07:30 PM
Hey Guys, we were on the Elk yesterday and had a good day. We skipped the first section and started around the Bend Pool. Wading is good with a 250 CFS release or less. This is a fast flowing river on one generator and an angler could get in some real trouble when they are releasing water. Otherwise it is a pretty easy wade.

There are a lot of midge hatches up around the dam access especially later in the day. Also look for some big cream mayfly hatches down by Farris Creek in the late afternoon. The river really fishes best when the water is at it's clearest, but some fish can be caught when it is off color.

The bottom is mostly gravel with some areas of large flat stone. The stone is white in color and super slick. When I say slick I mean "float your hat slick". There are a few areas of the Elk that offer some challenges. Don't be afraid to walk to get into the fish, but if time is limited you can also catch fish without getting your feet wet.

The usual nymphs and soft hackles will usually do the trick. Dropper rigs will work but are not a must have. The crowds can get a little thick, but the majority of the people are friendly and courteous.

David Perry
Southeastern Fly (http://www.southeasternfly.blogspot.com/)

BlueRaiderFan
03-17-2011, 11:29 AM
Sounds like I may have my work cut out! Hey, I'm fine as long as I can wet a line. :cool:


So, how did ya do?

rbreedi1
03-17-2011, 01:03 PM
Im on business in Oklahoma but will be flying back in Friday night and plan on going this Saturday if everything lines up! I'll be sure to share how it goes.

rbreedi1
03-19-2011, 10:03 PM
Well I got a chance to fish the Elk this evening from about 3-7 pm. Started out at the ferris creek area and got a big goose egg so I decided to head up around the dam and finish the evening. Ended up catching 5 nice rainbows up there. Wasn't a whole lot of surface activity but noticed a few flies coming off in kind of a cream color. Everyone I talked to complained about how slow the fishing was so I felt good about the ones I caught. I caught one on a woolly bugger and four on a soft hackle. Looking forward to trying again here soon.

BlueRaiderFan
03-20-2011, 12:51 AM
I hate you :biggrin: You did much better than I ever do on the Elk! Did you strip on the swing or at the end to catch them or both?

rbreedi1
03-20-2011, 01:26 AM
I hate you :biggrin: You did much better than I ever do on the Elk! Did you strip on the swing or at the end to catch them or both?

I thought for sure I was going to be skunked they way the day started out. I also saw a group of otters. As far as technique, I tried both and caught a couple each way.

BlueRaiderFan
03-20-2011, 12:01 PM
Yeah, I think it's just me. I've tried swinging soft hackles, using dries, dries with droppers but haven't ever had any luck on the Elk. I'll keep going though. Beautiful river and a great change of pace from the Caney.

Luke Warmwater
03-20-2011, 09:06 PM
Hey guys, keep on drowning those nymphs, the fish are there and they are hungry. Concentrate on a good drift and the fish have been responding well.
David Perry
Southeastern Fly (http://southeasternfly.com/)

BlueRaiderFan
03-21-2011, 10:22 AM
Ah, thanks for the tip.