Where are the big browns? - East Tennessee Fishing

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had a hard time finding the brown trout the past month. Anyone have any reports? I caught a good number of rainbows 2 weeks ago at Kirby road, but can't seem to find the browns. I know they are out there somewhere. I've found the fishing slow the past month. I just picked up a fly rod for the first time in June of this year. I've probably fished about 50-60 days on the caney since that time, but lately, I can't seem to figure it out.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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May not be the case on the Caney, but I know they are spawning in the Clinch in East Tennessee. That may have something to do with your tough luck.
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the browns will be hungry again here before too long. whether they can successfully reproduce in the caney or not, i'm sure they are still trying!



i haven't fished there in several years, well before i first bought a fly rod to try out. i have heard it has declined recently, as well as hordes of zombie canoers eating up the whole river. i'm glad to hear it still fishes well
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, the canoes are a problem on the weekends in the summer. I try to get out there early or during the week and its not that bad. If I go down there on the weekends, I just stay down river. Most of the canoes pull out at the 6 mile mark. I caught the first brown I've seen in about 3 weeks today. Still a good number of rainbows. Nothing big on the bite though. I sure hope they are about to get hungry!!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i've never fished the caney but i always throw lures way bigger than i think i should when im itching for a big brown. Its pretty amazing how small of a trout will eat a giant jerkbait, and of course the big ones like them too
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I think everyone's comments were right on. We're headed out tomorrow; I haven't been in a very long time so hopefully we'll have some good news to report.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Here in East TN, it seems that once a few biguns are found, they don't seem to last long in a particular area. Its happened here in East-east TN in a bunch of my spots. I remember when catching a 6 or 7lb or 10 .lb trout was just a matter of catching the weather/generation just right. If you ever catch on to a trend, keep a tight lip, although that's against a fisherman's will to do so, its what keeps a top secret spot, secret. Hope you find that spot, and when you do, it'll be well worth it.
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I'm late in following back up. We fished 1/19 with really high water. 3 gens. There was a lot of water for the fish to be hiding in, but when you found a fish, there were multiples stacked up in there. We caught more than 10 fish...all smaller browns. I personally don't think there is a lack of fish in the river, or lack of big fish for that matter. Holston, you do have a point about the frequency of larger fish. It's hard for me to judge because I don't get out there as often as I used to. With the new regulations put in place a year or two ago I expect trophy fishing to get better (if that's possible on the Caney). We saw a noticeable difference in slot rainbows the first year, and numerous browns that were pushing the limit too. Hopefully I'm not proved wrong.
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They've tried the trophy zone area on the Watauga River that's been place for years, I've yet to see any difference in size inside the "trophy zone"
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There are a couple of technique's that pull fish with consistency now its your job to go out and find those technique's and perfect them. Its took me quite some time to learn how to fish the river and really it all come's with trial and error. Different times of the year require different methods, different lure choices and size. What to do when the waters up and when the waters down, and most importantly where. No one can give you the quick easy advice you seek.
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