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    Default Muskie on the Fly

    Grumpy,
    I have seen the pictures of your fish, you dawg! It sounds like chances are alot better of catching one in Tennessee than up north! I guess when they dont have to compete with the breeding like rabbits pike they faire better. That and the pike like colder water than do muskie, from what I have read.
    You must have the "magic touch"!
    Best,
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jswitow View Post
    Grumpy,
    I have seen the pictures of your fish, you dawg! It sounds like chances are alot better of catching one in Tennessee than up north! I guess when they dont have to compete with the breeding like rabbits pike they faire better. That and the pike like colder water than do muskie, from what I have read.
    You must have the "magic touch"!
    Best,
    John

    John
    You oughta see the pics of another trip( i wasn't on it), they were throwing hardware & caught some monsters(by TN) standards.

    Grumpy

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    Default Grumpy's Muskie

    Grumpy,
    I have seen the pictures of your fish, you are a dawg. Of course I'm on a long list of people who have said that! Nice fish though. A little more serious though, the Muskie may not be as big down here, but they seem much plentiful than up north. And I have heard of some monsters too. Maybe the numbers have something to do with the lack of competiton from Northerns, they like water about 10 degrees colder than Muskie as well. Muskie seem to favor water temps about like smallmouth. Just a little warmer than trout.
    Anyway best, time to go finish out this Friday ........... working. But you know what I tell my customers; Daddy needs a new flyrod!
    John

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    I'm sorry I've been gone for a few days but it looks like this thread has alot of conversation. You guy's fishing the Collin's sound like you are doing good too. I have always been wanting to fish down thataway but never seem to have the time. There are alot of muskie in this river drainage but I can't get everything put together on how to catch them consistantly. It's real fun trying though. Anybody with any info on the Collin's it would be greatly appreciated. Grumpy give me a call back I lost your number.

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    Regarding the conversation above about Musky numbers here in TN, I do not believe that Muskies really reproduce anywhere in the state any more. If/when they do, it is exceedingly rare. Practically all the muskies that are being caught in TN are stocked.

    -Josh

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    I caught one only a foot long in Sept. in the Caney Fork and I don't know of any stockings here since the 80's. If anyone could get the info on this it would be appreciated. I guess even if it's not a "reproducing" river a random event is possible even I found a wife who seems to like me. With that being said anything is possible.

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    jg,

    Sorry I never got back to you! I would really like it if these forums would email you when someone replies to a thread you're involved in. Having said that, I'm grateful to have such a wonderful forum anyway.

    1) You asked about the Collins. I'm no musky expert, and I haven't been there in a few years. But there are good musky numbers all the way from Great Falls Lake up as far as you care to go. I think the biggest are closer to the lake. I like the small stream feel up above Irving College. There are some good canoe floats up there. I think some of the muskies move up and down stream with the seasons. Also, there are some rednecks (the bad kind) in that area, so take whatever precautions you think you need to.
    2) You commented about stocking... I still say they don't reproduce anywhere in the state anymore. They used to produce all the fingerlings for the state at Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery, and maybe you could call them (865-457-5135) and ask where they are stocked. That hatchery used to be run by a guy nicknamed Stump, and may still be, although I've been out of touch forever. If you've caught more than one in the Caney above Centerhill, then I believe that it is because they have been stocked there.

    Good Luck!

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    due to the drought all the upper end of the caney fork has about dried up. I have a new top secret location if anybody is up for a trip. my right arm is a little tore up from a car accident but i could fish if i was forced. in june i tossed every fly i had at one about 50 inches long but he wasn't interested. that was about the last time i've been to the river.

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    Default Musky on the Fly

    JG,
    I would be up for such a trip maybe one Sunday or could maybe take a day off during the week sometime. There are Muskie in the Big SouthFork Drainage and I had heard they were native. The last time I was up there the guy I was fishing with was targeting them, he turned one and landed one<a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m149/jswitow/VinceJeffersMuskie6-21-07.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a> Hope that worked. This fish was gorgeous, you can see how solid it is where he supporting it with his left hand. It was a true Muskie, not a tiger (sterile). I have heard of them in Clear Fork as well.

    You want to try one of these trips one of these days I have a rod and some flies, that should turn a few heads. Only have a floating line though, may need a sinktip or full sink as well, but I bet they would ambush a big fly stripped fast. This fish hit a big Johnson's Minnow, sure it was no deeper than 2'.
    Tight lines,

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    Doesn't look that worked.
    Sorry

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