Float Trip on The Caney Fork

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Float Trip on The Caney Fork


Tuesday I was able to go on a float trip with one of the guides from the Cumberland River. We started our trip at the Happy Hollow launch and ended the day at Betty's Island. The only negative aspect of the trip was the heat; at times the temps were reaching 98. We had only one way of combating the heat and that was to get in the cool waters of the Caney, which was reading in the mid 50's. Steve Gardner our guide was using his drift boat, which made for a relaxing float down the scenic Caney. We were using the trout magnet with spinning gear to start the float when Steve landed a nice 18" brown using the 1/64 oz. jig early on. With the Caney fishing quite well at times we manage to land around 15 browns and rainbows. We ended the trip using zebra midges under an indicator and picked up some of the better stockers, which was running between 10" to 12”. This was my first float trip in a drift boat and proved to be a relaxing and memorable trip. The dry fly action was non existence, no rises to speak of and the nymph action at times was good but you had to be at the right seam or pocket at the right time to have any action. Steve is a very capable guide and is guiding now on the Caney as well as the Cumberland. If you are interested in booking a trip with Steve you can contact him at his Email. I hope to be back on the Caney in a couple of weeks wading in some of my favorite spots.


Steve with a nice brown using the trout magnet


Rainbow on the midge


The comfort of the drift boat--notice the crystal clear waters of the Caney



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