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Old 03-15-2010, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fished happy hollow earlier today and it was low low but very fishable!!! it was beautiful.

I didnt have much time so i threw on the white rooster and tried the dying shad again and had 2 GREAT hits about a half hour into it.

I was there for a couple more hours, tried different retrieving patterns, different colors and didnt hook up to any trout. Smart fish!

Its always worth going, its a learning experience each time i go out.



I've had really really great days at the Caney ON FOOT. I cant imagine what it would be like hitting "THE HOLES" on a boat when the water is high.... . . . ....

Ive heard THATS when you catch the trophies!!!........ ... .. . .



But, Can i take the Ranger out on the fork when its high?? Just trim the motor up when i need to, but staying in the main channel??

i wont event need to run it half of the time i could just drift, anchor down when i want to, right?

Need some help you guys..Tell me what y'all think
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been with 'ol eyeseeker from the cumberland all the way up to Betty's Island in his boat, an aluminum center console 17ft Tracker, and we did pretty good as long as they were generating at least 1 unit.. Even with the generation, there were some tricky spots. Haven't been up much farther than that in a boat, but I have floated from the dam down to Happy Hollow in a canoe, on falling water. Caney Fork Outfitters will drop you in at the dam right when they shut the generators off, and they can either pick you up at Betty's Island or Happy Hollow. Very reasonable rates. The section about a mile above Happy Hollow right after the rapids is a really nice stretch of river.
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is that where TWRA stocked the brook trout that are growing so big ?
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is that where TWRA stocked the brook trout that are growing so big ?
YES there are brook trout that get as big as 20 inches!!

ive see huge browns come outta the caney
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Heres the thing. ive gone up there when they said 1or 2 generators i think, and the caney way WAY Up. I've taken other trips up there and it be super low, saying its running same amount of generators.



Basically i CANT call in and get info and tell you what the water level is going to be up to. its frustrating.



so i have to drive 3o miles to see for myself if the water is up or low.



ive heard that i can go about 3 miles up the caney from the cumberland and catch monsters anyways ill just go there if i want to take a boat.



I want to know what 1 generator,

what 2 generators,

what 3 generators,

and what no generators will bring me.



and how can you find out when the caney is sluicing?
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Heres the thing. ive gone up there when they said 1or 2 generators i think, and the caney way WAY Up. I've taken other trips up there and it be super low, saying its running same amount of generators.



Basically i CANT call in and get info and tell you what the water level is going to be up to. its frustrating.



so i have to drive 3o miles to see for myself if the water is up or low.



ive heard that i can go about 3 miles up the caney from the cumberland and catch monsters anyways ill just go there if i want to take a boat.



I want to know what 1 generator,

what 2 generators,

what 3 generators,

and what no generators will bring me.



and how can you find out when the caney is sluicing?




I don't have any experience on the Caney, but I fish the South Holston and the Watauga Rivers on generation in my jet boat all the time. I think if you go to the TVA website you will see how many generators they are running as well as the units per hour. The units per hour are variable. In other words, they may be running two generators but that doesn't mean that they are pushing the max amount of water. By checking this a few times and seeing how much water corresponds you should get a good idea of what the numbers mean. Over time by doing this I have been able to know exactly what I'm in for on the rivers I fish. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions about it just let me know. Good Luck!
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here's my two cents fellas:



In regards to the water level. It definitely depends on how long the generators are running. If they've been running one gen for a day straight, you are going to have much higher water than if they are running a pulse generation....say 4 hours, and then shutting it off. If they are running gens for a short period of time, I'd leave the ranger at home. However, there are plenty of times during the year that they will be generating for hours and even days at a time. Feel confident that you can take the Ranger at that time. You can float from the dam to the Cumberland if they are running a single generator for the day. It takes about two hours for the water to start coming up at happy, and so forth down the river. If you are not familiar with the river and how the water comes up, I would put in at the dam and give the water a little time to rise. Also, you can check the release schedule online. Pay attention to the water level as well as the release in cubic feet. That will give you a better idea of the water than just the number of gens.



Hope this helps. Good luck. Those big hook jaws sure are fun to catch!!
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Great thanks you guys!!

I'll keep you posted when i get it out on the caney, when the gen's are running for HOURS or Days
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Great thanks you guys!!

I'll keep you posted when i get it out on the caney, when the gen's are running for HOURS or Days


Here are a few pics from up around the dam of the water on 2 gens plus the sluice gate which brings the flow close to the 3 gen mark. To spottedfish's comment earlier, this is after a few days of max flow at 2 gens so you can only imagine what a full 3 gens looks like. They only rarely hit 3 gens but it does happen. Also, with the construction going on at the dam, the gen schedule is even more subject to change than usual but the TVA website and phone info is usually pretty close to what you can expect. I live an hour away and use these two resources to make my plans though the information is not available for the following day until 3:00 PM.



Here's the phone number and reservoir code: 800-238-2264 , dial 4 then enter reservoir code: 37













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"But, Can i take the Ranger out on the fork when its high?? Just trim the motor up when i need to, but staying in the main channel??"



Yes you can take it out when it's high, as others have said. What you really need to be sure of is that you can also take it out when it's high. It can

be tricky to plan an easy exit even in a shallow draft Gheenoe or jon boat. Think about parking your TV down stream and riding the generation water

down to it. You'll be able to motor up to repeat drifts and lay eyes on water conditions rather than depending on a gen schedule subject to change.

Another option is to launch at South Carthage or Carthage on the Cumberland and ride up the water then back down to your TV. Loads of options

as the Caney is five rivers in one depending on floods from Sebowisha Smith Fork and the variations on generators-sluices at dam. Enjoy!
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