View Full Version : Elk River Access?

David Knapp
03-26-2006, 10:21 PM
I am thinking about trying out the Elk River in southern middle TN this coming weekend. I will be passing by on my way to and from Nashville and I thought this would be a great opportunity to check it out. Since I am completely unfamiliar with the river, I was wondering if anyone would be so kind as to steer me in the right direction. Do I want to go fish up near the dam or is there a better access point elsewhere? Any and all help is appreciated!!!

David Knapp

03-26-2006, 11:56 PM
You can put in below the dam. The larger fish tend to be a little ways down in the first bend. I was there in febuary and it was so crowed that I had a problem finding a place to park. caught a few stockers on a #16 prince nymph. The father down you go the smaller the crowd.

David Knapp
03-27-2006, 10:24 AM
Thanks a bunch! I'll definately have to check it out...


03-31-2006, 11:49 PM
About 8 river miles below the dam is the Farris Creek Bridge access. Check your topo map for where Farris Creek Road crosses the Elk River. The first few hundred yards usually have some cooperative stockers after the truck dumps them from the bridge. Farther downstream the bigger holes have the larger fish. From this point downstream, the smallmouth/trout ratio starts increasing on the smallmouth side of the scale. If you can't find it on the map, send a PM and I'll send some directions from Lynchburg.

This water usually isn't as crowded as the dam, especially if you're willing to hike some. Most of the better water I've found is downstream and the largest TN trout I've caught so far was a 16" brown at the first bend to the left just before going out of site of the bridge.

- halieus