View Full Version : The muddy Caney report

David Knapp
08-11-2006, 02:42 PM
I made it to the Caney for the first time in awhile since I've been away for the summer. *A buddy of mine has been wanting to go fish down there together and we finally got a decent generation schedule for a few hours of fishing. *I was anticipating a very good day since it has been cooler and cloudy. *When we arrived, much to my disgust we found the river was off-color from the heavy rain late yesterday. *Accordingly, we moved up closer to the dam where tributaries didn't play much of a role and finally found some fish. *Lots of smallish fish that were recent stockers were given a valuable lesson in being careful while eating. *The action was non-stop with fish hitting basically every cast. *We were fishing Stimulators for indicators with zebra midges dropped off the back. *The interesting thing was, probably 1/3 of our hits were on the dry fly :o. *I fish the Caney somewhat regularly and have rarely seen any fish, fresh stockers or otherwise consistently nailing dry flies so it was a very nice day indeed. *Now if next week can just hurry and come so I can go to the Smokies 8-).

appalachian angler
08-11-2006, 06:19 PM
I fished the Caney last night (8/10) right before the storm hit. Caught several dozen during a 3 hour span in that same area not far from the end of the Nature trail. Most of the fish were in the 10-14 inch range...Bows with good coloration and one 10" brownie. I fished a sz 12 soft hackled prince nymph unweighted just under the film, and didn't change flies the whole time. LDR'd nearly as many fish. The trout would chase the fly and swirl it sometimes 2 or 3 times...TOO MUCH FUN! Fish were rising to those fuzzy white midges...maybe sz 26. Water was still good and cold but nice for wet wading as the air temp was 95 when I got there about 1.5 hrs after they shut off the water. Next time I'll try for a double!


David Knapp
08-11-2006, 07:02 PM

It sounds like you had a great time on the water as well. Those fish sure are hungry right now. Out of curiousity, was the water pretty well drained out below the dam an hour and a half after generation or was it still up a little? I might have to get down there in the evenings on occasion to check it out seeing as how I almost always fish before instead of after the generation.

08-14-2006, 04:52 PM
It's still fishing good, we were into abunch Sunday, Mrs.Grump had to show off & catch a 25" rainbow, can't take her anywhere :-[


David Knapp
08-14-2006, 07:54 PM
Wow, I would have loved to see that big rainbow! Were you able to get any pictures of it? Also, the exact location of the fish would be most appreciated as well ::) ;D...Sounds like a good day out fishin' the Caney!

08-15-2006, 01:59 PM
Wow, I would have loved to see that big rainbow! *Were you able to get any pictures of it? *Also, the exact location of the fish would be most appreciated as well ::) ;D...Sounds like a good day out fishin' the Caney!

It was in the first 2 miles below the dam ;D, naturally no camera was involved. She was floating the toons down with my daughter & her friend, i had my son & a friend of his fishing in a few walk-in spots.
The schedule thsi week hasn't been friendly >:(