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Hi all, I am in Nashville at the end of March for a couple days and have one day to go fishing, on Friday, March 31.

My first choice is trout, and I've researched Caney Fork, the Elk, Duck, & Obey rivers. The Clinch and GSMNP are too far from Nashville I think (~3+ hours).

I don't expect to have a boat of any type, so I'd need a wade-able area. Which sounds like it generally limits me to no-generation flows in tailwaters?

My preference is nymphing, it's the main technique I use here in CA for trout. Although I'm of course happy to chuck dry flies, streamers, etc.!

All this together, it seems like Caney is probably my best bet?

I'd sure like to get some input from you all that know and fish the area!

2nd preference would be bass fishing, 3rd would be big carp. I've never caught a grassie.

So, any suggestions?

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You are a good 3 hours from the GSMNP and the Clinch, depending on traffic and which side of Nashville you're on.

The Caney would at least be an hour, maybe longer again depending on traffic and which side of Nashville you're on.

The Corp of Engineers operates Center Hill dam, but TVA does have its release schedule on its free app. Get that app on your smartphone.
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Caney fork
There might be some smaller local streams that are stocked by then but the caney fork is probably your best bet

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Every time I've fished the caney, it was a midge game
Green, brown, black midges
Zebra midge is a good pattern there.
Hopefully someone that fishes it alot can give you a little more info.
I live about 3 hours away and fish it when im traveling for work.

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I live in Franklin and have fished most of the waters in central TN. There are places on the Harpeth and West Harpeth that have very good small mouth fishing. Hares ear nymphs and streamers all work well. For trout the Caney is your best bet; nymphing will be no problem. The corp with the cooperation of the TVA keeps the flow very consistent on the Caney now, so wading during lower cfs is very doable. Lancaster, Happy Hollow, Buffalo Valley rest stop, and Betty's Island have easy access for wading. As mentioned by jayr, get the free app from the Tennessee Valley Authority. You'll find a link on their website that will take you to the Apple App Store for free download. If you need more info feel free to PM me.

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Default Re: One day to fish near Nashville

Thanks guys, it looks like Caney is the place, although the Elk, with less fishing pressure, is also a potential.

I found a great map of the Caney, with access points, etc., but does anyone have a decent map of the Elk?

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Hi all,

It looks like Caney is running either 1 or 2 generators pretty much all day long recently.

I've been reading that it's not safe to wade under any generation, is that what you guys think as well?

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Thanks guys, it looks like Caney is the place, although the Elk, with less fishing pressure, is also a potential.

I found a great map of the Caney, with access points, etc., but does anyone have a decent map of the Elk?

Andy
With one day I'd be at the Caney hands down. The Elk is much smaller and people can stack up quick. I love nymphing with small flies for big fish and the Caney is the place to do lt. if their not generating you'll be in business. Shoot me a pm if you have any questions.

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Hi all,

It looks like Caney is running either 1 or 2 generators pretty much all day long recently.

I've been reading that it's not safe to wade under any generation, is that what you guys think as well?

Andy
You do want a 0 generation for wading. Being that your day will be a Friday, the Caney could be hit or miss generation wise. Also being a week day if the Caney is generating the Elk probably won't be. The crowds tend to be worst on the weekends so that would be option #2. As Rod said the Harpeth is a great option for smallmouth. I like to go west of Nashville to Kingston Springs. There are some good wade spots over there.
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Thanks Mark, I need to read up on the Harpeth & Kingston Springs.

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Thanks Mark, I need to read up on the Harpeth & Kingston Springs.

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Andy like I said before, feel free to holler at me if you have any questions.
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Will do Mark, thanks!

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