DUCK RIVER DESCRIPTION
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The Duck River is widely considered North America’s richest river in variety of fresh water animals. Teaming with beautiful moss covered cliffs and small natural springs, the Duck River supports 151 species of fish, 60 freshwater mussel species and 22 species of aquatic snails. Filled with boulder fields, diamond chip riffles, cliff walls and grass banks, the Duck River is a paradise for fly fishermen targeting feisty Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Stripers and many other amazing game fish. Being considered by the US Geological Survey to be one of the three hot spots for fish and mussel diversity in the entire world, it is a paradise for any fly fishing enthusiast. Come join me in experiencing the longest river located entirely within the state of Tennessee.
TYPICAL CATCH: Depending on the time of year, Smallmouth Bass are plentiful and can reach five plus pounds. Small Spotted Bass usually keep you company while Largemouth lurk through the wood. The occasional Striper sends shock waves through your rod.
TOTAL RIVER MILES: 284 miles long.
TOTAL RIVER MILES GUIDED: Lower Duck River watershed.
TYPE OF TRIP AVAILABLE: Float trips during low water months or jet boat trips during high water, from creek mouth to creek mouth.
PRIMARY STYLE OF FISHING: Six to eight weight rods recommended. Trolling big streamers through deep runs to splashing poppers through shallow grass.
BUFFALO RIVER DESCRIPTION
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The Buffalo River is the longest unimpounded river in Middle Tennessee. Being named for the Buffalo fish that were abundant when the first European settlers arrived, the Buffalo is rich in aquatic life. Also being the largest tributary of the Duck River, the Buffalo boasts outstanding opportunity for Smallmouth Bass on the fly. The upper part of the Buffalo River is designated as a “State Scenic River” under the Tennessee Wild and Scenic River Act.
The tranquil big blue holes and pristine gravel bottoms make the Buffalo a special place to many. Float fish from a drift boat while enjoying the beauty of the majestic hardwoods and sheer cliffs of Middle Tennessee. Harboring great numbers of Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Largemouth and Spots, the Buffalo is a fly fishing heaven!
TYPICAL CATCH: There is ample opportunity for one to three-pound Smallmouth Bass, with an occasional four plus pounder. The Buffalo is rich with Rock Bass and plenty of Largemouth. Brim go wild for small poppers and brim teasers.
TOTAL RIVER MILES: 115 miles long.
TOTAL RIVER MILES GUIDED: Top to bottom.
TYPE OF TRIP AVAILABLE: Float trips from a drift boat from designated put-ins and take-outs.
PRIMARY STYLE OF FISHING: Five to seven weight rods are recommended. Trolling big streamers to popping top waters. Dead drifting hopper patterns to drifting droppers.
CANEY FORK RIVER DESCRIPTION
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The Caney Fork River is a major tributary of the Cumberland River. The name “Caney Fork” derives from the dense cane breaks that were prevalent when the European settlers arrived. The down stream section below Center Hill Dam is annually stocked by TWRA with Rainbow, Brown and most recently Brook Trout. The Caney Fork is considered to be one of the best trout rivers in the State! The Caney Fork is a tail water fishery with an abundance of scuds, sow bugs and midges. The Rainbows and Browns can reach a very good size due to the cool water and food source. With limited hatches and mostly gravel bottom, nymph fishing is the predominate style and very effective. Swinging and trolling big steamers is a popular technique as well. The crystal clear water and rolling hardwood hills makes the Caney Fork a fly fishing heaven for Tennessee’s trout!
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