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Elk River- January Fishing Report

January 6, 2017
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With the high water on the Caney Fork River, Middle Tennessee anglers will be looking for alternate water.  The Elk River is less than 2 hours from Nashville and the drive to get there is through some beautiful country.  Your best bet is to start just below Tims Ford Dam.  The Elk River offers easy wading and is stocked with rainbow and brown trout.

Streamers (olive or black) and the usual menu of nymphs (olive, black, purple or red) fished deep will get the job done.

Check out the TVA generation schedule before heading out.  You will only want to fish when no generators are running since the current is too swift to be on the water wading or even boating.


I fished the river January 5th and caught nice, healthy rainbows all day.  Bundle up! It’s cold but worth it!

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Susan Thrasher, an FFF certified instructor, is the owner and operator of Southern Brookies Fly Fishing in Lancaster, Tennessee. For over a decade her teaching passion has extended into leading Casting for Recovery in Middle Tennessee and as a staff instructor at the Joan Wulff School of Fly Fishing in the New York Catskills.  In 2007, Susan and Nikki Mitchell founded the Music City Fly Girls, a Nashville based women's fly fishing club with over 40 active members.