Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Hatches and Flies for the Caney Fork River Tennessee
There are a few mayflies and caddisflies that emerge on the Caney Fork River but the
hatches are not consistent day in and day out. Blue-winged Olives hatch at different times
of the year, depending on the species. The
baetis species normally hatch from January
through March and again during October and November. There are species of Little BWOs
that appear occasionally.

The river has a good population of both scuds and sow bugs and at times it seems they
are the preferred food of the trout. Black flies also are very abundant. We have imitations
of the Black Flies' larvae, pupae and adults.

There are at least two species of Cinnamon Caddis. They can hatch off and on from June
through the first part of October. LIttle Sister caddis are also present in certain areas of the
river. They hatch in late June and on into the first two weeks of July. Other species are
present but not in large quantities.

When they are running the generators, streamers are usually the preferred flies. There's a
lot of shad in the river as well as other species of baitfish and minnows.  The river has
some huge holdover brown trout. Trout from twenty to twenty-five inches long are not
uncommon. They primarily eat baitfish.

One method to use fishing streamers requires a lot of cast and plain work but it can be
very effective with there's a lot of current. They also work sight fishing to individual trout,
especially during the late Fall and early Winter when the brown trout are in the process of
spawning. Our "Perfect Fly" Shad, is an excellent streamer to use on the Caney Fork River.

Most of the time you will be better off fishing a midge larva or pupa imitation. If you notice
any midges hatching, use the midge pupa imitation. If you don't, fish a midge larva imitation
just above the bottom. We prefer to fish either of them without a strike indicator, but strike
indicators do work fairly well on the Caney Fork River. You should add a small amount of
split shot above the larva imitation and adjust the indicator depending on the depth and
speed of the water.

You can fish imitations of scuds and sowbugs the same way as the midge larva flies. Add
some weight to the tippet a few inches above the fly and fish them on or just above the
bottom. Strike indicators can also be used with them if you prefer.

Double or tandem rigs are popular on the Caney Fork. Some anglers fish a larger mayfly
nymph and a small midge larva or pupa together. Others fish two midge flies a few inches
apart, both a midge larva and a pupa imitation. We don't prefer these multiple rigs but they
do catch trout.

If you haven't done so already, please give our "Perfect Flies" a try. We feel sure you will
find them to be very effective on the Caney Fork tailwater. Our Scud and Sowbug imitations
are  the most realistic and most effective imitations you can buy.
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Caney Fork Tennessee
Photo Courtesy of David Knapp Photography
and of Mr. David Knapp himself. The stream
is near David's home. I doubt there is anyone
who knows the river better than David.
Photo Courtesy of David Knapp Photography
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing this stream and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions. Please
allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will
help you decide which flies you need.

3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.

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