Fished for my first time on the Caney Monday with Jeff Barrett of JLB Outfitters. We waded in just below the dam about 9 am, the generation ran over the published 8 am cut off by an hour, so the water was swift at first...but it fell out pretty quickly in that first quarter mile.
The air temp warmed all day from mid-30s early to nearly 55 in the afternoon, but the wind blew very hard just about the entire time. The wind made casting my 4 wt. quite a challenge and mending the line and reading the water was very difficult. My wrist aches today from constantly ripping casts into the wind. I guess it's like swinging a bat with a doughnut in the on-desk circle...the next time I cast in calm conditions it should feel like cutting butter.
Had some early takes on tellicos and copper johns, then on olive crystal buggers once the sun got overhead and the fish wanted something to chase. My buddy and I landed 3 rainbows and 2 browns in the 12-14" range, and lost a few more. I think the pressure from the weekend and the rough conditions made it a hard day, but hey, I wasn't at work. msh
Hoping to knock off work early thursday and get on the Caney for a few hours. Haven't fished it since around mid December. Used to fish around the dam years ago but just too dang many fisherman now for my taste! Unless, you hit it during inclement weather and then you can have it to yourself.
You did well for your first trip! Lots of big fish in that river. Now that spring is upon us,get out there with some big green/black buggers and clousers and fish deep. Not a great dry fly river but you can catch alot of fish with nymphs etc...
We had a good day Wednesday despite the wind, started throwing streamers on high water & switched to midges & nymphs as we floated out.
Saw a 21" brown that a friend witnessed being attaked by a mink, the mink won.