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    Default Tailwaters for dummies

    After being taken by the trout bug this past October, I'm looking to catch more of them throughout the new year. While I'd love to make several trips to the park, I don't know if I'll be able to make more than one. The Caney and the Duck river are close enough to make day trips to though. I have never fished tailwaters. I know only enough to know that I know little enough to drown. Any good resources, reading material, etc. out there where I can learn about flows, discharges, avoiding the nuisance canoer, etc. Thanks guys.

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    Have you fished the Spring River at Hardy, Ark? That wouldn't be too far from you, would it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmadd View Post
    After being taken by the trout bug this past October, I'm looking to catch more of them throughout the new year. While I'd love to make several trips to the park, I don't know if I'll be able to make more than one. The Caney and the Duck river are close enough to make day trips to though. I have never fished tailwaters. I know only enough to know that I know little enough to drown. Any good resources, reading material, etc. out there where I can learn about flows, discharges, avoiding the nuisance canoer, etc. Thanks guys.
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    The Duck river is great place to learn. I fished there quite a bit in college. My favorite place was next to the restaurant just south of shelbyville. Use poppers for bass and red eye then the stocked trout in the spring will eat anything as long as it is presented halfway decent. Don't forget about the Stones river also great bass fishing on the fly. You also have the harpeth river near nashville.

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    Spring River looks like it would be close to 4 hours away. I can be to the Duck or the Caney in a little over 2 and a half hours. We have some small streams and ponds stocked with trout here in West Tn in winter and spring but I'm looking for a place I could access maybe year round.

    Shawn I've done some searching. I'll keep doing that for the places I intend to fish. If I ever make if farther East I'll get in touch. Thanks for the help and I'm looking forward to whatever it is you're working on.

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    The first thing to know is the generation schedule. Here's a link to TVA's website: http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm (Even though Caney Fork is a Corps dam, the info is available thru TVA.) Right now Center Hill is running water 24/7 or close to it. You can't wade when water is up. Best we can hope for is a window of time to get in on low water. If recent history holds, it'll be this way for next couple of months.

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    You've mentioned the Duck, and while I've never fished it, I think I'm correct that the water that holds trout is immediately below the dam, not further downstream where I-40 crosses it.

    steve
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    I believe you're correct about the Duck as well. Right around Normandy. Still about the same drive as it would be to the Caney.

    I've looked at the charts before on the Resevoirs but I am not familiar enough with those places to understand them. Is 1 generator too much, what is low water elevation, how fast water moves from up near the dam to down river so forth and so on. May have to look into a guide of some sort to get the low down.

    I hope this hasn't come across as looking for spots or anything of that nature. Just someone who has never had to worry about how many generators are running and high water/low water, etc. who is looking for information on how to understand that.

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    Even one generator on the Caney is unsafe to wade. Happy Hollow is a little over 4 miles below the dam and the water takes about an hour to get there. Over twice as long for it to drop to a fishable level after they shut down the generator. Betty's Bend is around 7 miles below the dam and the water takes a little over two hours to get there. These are rough estimates. Find something sticking out of the water, and keep watch on it. Don't go through deep holes that would keep you from getting back to the side of the river on which you are parked if they start generators. The Corps does not always follow it schedule as I found out many years ago when they almost drown me.
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    That's the kind of information I'm wanting to know. Thanks Silver

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