Tennessee Tailwaters Report

Jim Casada’s review of Tennessee tailwaters starts with a look back at the controversial start for the dams that have been providing such great fishing for the past half century. He goes on to suggest different strategies for fishing when the water is “on” (high and fast because of dam releases) and “off:” “Long, delicate casts and light tippets increase the likelihood of takes. Also, when the current moves so slowly as to be barely discernible, go against the dry-fly canon and fish downstream. The trout sees the fly first, as opposed to leader and tippet, and is less likely to be spooked. If fish seem particularly finicky or even the most delicate of casts puts them down, you can feed line out until the fly drifts into the fish’s feeding zone.” In Tennessee Game & Fish.

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