February Trout Fishing

February is one of those months that can either be super cold, or it can be just warm enough that I inevitably want to get out of the house. Yesterday was one of those days. I woke up early and made pancakes for James and I, then we sat briefly at the kitchen table and discussed the age-old question of, “What would you like to do today?” After a few minutes, we decided we should go Trout fishing.

James and I are fortunate enough to live near one of the best Trout fisheries in the Tennessee. Center Hill Dam, located in Silver Point, is the starting point for one of the most picturesque tail waters in our state. The Caney Fork River is a river that flows through central Tennessee and drains a substantial portion of the southwestern Cumberland Plateau and Highland Rim regions. If you plan to fish below the dam at Center Hill, please always check the TVA generation schedule prior to your trip.

After checking the generation schedule, James and I packed up our truck and made the hour and twenty minute drive from our house to the dam. During the time we were there, there was no generation at the power plant which meant the water was calm and safe for fishing.

The weather was just right, with temps in the mid-40’s and no rain. We saw several people either wading or on the water near the dam in kayaks or small vessels such as drift boats. It was the perfect day.

We prepped our spinning rods and made some adjustments as we would be using some of my flies. I don’t always use a fly rod when fishing for Trout. I like to mix things up a little bit on occasion. During this particular outing, I used a Lews Mr. Trout spinning reel, paired with a custom built 6’0 medium light rod built by Osprey Rods of Huntsville, Alabama. I have several Ospreys and they are flawless in looks and performance. I would recommend them without hesitation to anyone looking for a rod that can truly go the distance.

James and I fished around what is known as “the pond” at the dam. We started out wading out around the edges and eventually, we worked our way across the side to the left of the dam. We moved into position and began casting toward a deep spot between the launch ramp the outcropping of rocks.

The chartreuse Wooly Bugger was the golden ticket to what would be several Brook Trout hook ups for me. The Brooks were like darts hitting my fly under the water. I felt several hits before one hit and took the bait. I quickly reeled the Trout in and was rewarded with the experience of briefly holding such a beautifully delicate fish before I released it back into the water.

James and I fished a few hours and had a great day together. We decided to return to Center Hill and bring our kayaks on the next trip. We plan to fish in the pond area again. Who knows, I might even use my fly rod.

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