fishing and river reports
june 16, 2019
generation schedules continue to be less than ideal. most weekdays have a relatively short window of time before water reaches terminal levels. weekends have shown slight relief. motor boat traffic was heavy on the upper river today, and most of the banks from rockhouse down were blown out muddy from the wakes by late morning. fishing has been somewhat sporadic through stretches. a variety of beadhead nymphs and sowbugs have been moving some fish, and at times some nice slot size rainbows and browns. if you are into such things, a variety of egg patterns and wormy-like things are catching some fish as well. streamers, particularly white patterns, have been moving some fish in places. this is definitely a better tactic with cloud cover. sunshine usually a killer for the cumberland streamer fishing.
38,000 cutthroat trout were stocked into the river in april, marking the first stocking of true cutthroats in the cumberland. cutthroats are notorious dry fly eaters so hopefully some fine times ahead! we certainly look forward to meeting some of these cutts soon! most of these fish were stocked lower down on the river, near burkesville, because of ramp access at the time of stocking. however, we have seen a few of these fish in the upper stretches of river, particularly in and around rainbow run and charcoal flat, so they have been migrating to upper reaches of the river.
here are a few helpful generalities to keep in mind. location and drift more important than fly selection! in bigger water don’t get caught fishing too far into the main channel. most fish will be concentrated near structure and along seams near the bank, particularly areas with rocky depth changes. any number of different beadhead nymphs will do just fine. most of the standard generic trout patterns will work at one time or another. seems that some days some flash in the nymph seems to help. just have to try a few and see what is best! most importantly, can’t catch them from the couch! so get out there and give it a try! hope to see you on the water soon