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Old 12-18-2008, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by flyyak View Post
Can anyone give me some info on access points and parking.
Anywhere... and anywhere!

Seriously, that's what it felt and looked like the day after Thanksgiving! Wade-fishers were literally coming out of the woodwork and squatting in every cubic inch of that river

So I would avoid the Caney on any national holiday -- or Sunday for that matter.

In spite of that, I'd say the Caney is still my favorite tailwater

The link below will take you to an Army Corps of Engineers PDF file of the best map I've found for accessing the Caney. It's well marked and points out all the public access points, including the obscure "Kirby Road Pulloff" near Congo Bottoms.

The stretch from the dam to Happy Hollow seems to be the most popular. The stretch from Happy Hollow to Betty's Island seems to have the most slack water. And some guy on another board got ripped a new one for posting extensive info (including a map marked with his personal honey holes) on Congo Bottoms -- so I would expect Congo Bottoms to become the next front line in the combat fishing on the Caney Aside from the parking lot at the dam and the Interstate Rest Area, most parking along the Caney is roadside... adequate, but roadside. The Lancaster spot at the Smith County Line has a small stretch of roadside parking and a slightly-better-than-primitive set of steps down to the river, thereby making it one of the more popular spots.

Good luck!

Gerry Romer
"I've since learned to use the best knot rather than the one that uses the least line. I go through more tippet material but compensate by drinking cheaper whiskey. One must have priorities." ... Art Scheck

Last edited by Gerry Romer; 12-18-2008 at 01:39 PM.. Reason: Getting a jump on my New Year's resolution to be more inclusive...
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