River Information
Species:  Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout
Angler Type:  Wade or Boat
Access Type:  Public or Private
General Flies:  Midges, Dries, Steamers

Suggested Gear
8 ft to 9 ft 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rod, 5X to 7X leaders and tippet

Fishing and River Description
The Caney Fork is a tailwater fishery located about an hours drive east of
Nashville.  It's waters are stocked with Rainbow, Brown and most recently
Brook Trout.  The Brown and Rainbow Trout can reach very good sizes,
due to the abundance of scuds, sowbugs and midges.  The Brook Trout
size is still yet to be seen as they have only been stocked for a few years
now.

The Caney consists of a mostly gravel bottom with a few rock shelves.  
This make for easier nymph fishing which is the predominate type of
fishing on the Caney.  The Caney does not get many hatches to speak of,
but swinging soft hackles or throwing big streamers can be productive at
certain times of the year.

Because of it's close proximity to Nashville it does get a good bit of
pressure during the weekends, but there is enough room and fish to go
around for everyone.  Be courteous and practice good stream etiquette
and you'll have a great time.  Week days and unfavorable weather
conditions will keep the crowds to a minimum.

The Caney Fork is Tailwater fishery so always check the Generation
Schedule before you go.
Click Here for TVA Generation Schedule

Special Regulations as of 2009
Caney Fork River (Center Hill Dam to Cumberland River, including it's
tributaries)
  • 18 Inch minimum length limit on Brown Trout
  • Only 2 Trout in daily creel limit may be Brown Trout
For more information on daily creel limits and additional information
please refer to the
2009 Tennessee Fishing Regulations

Public River Access
Access 1:  Buffalo Valley Recreation Area
Access 2:  Long Branch Recreation Area
Access 3:  Pull-offs along 141
Access 4:  Happy Hollow
Access 5:  Betty's Island
Access 6:  Pull off along Kirby Road at I-40
Access 7:  Stonewall Bridge
Access 8:  South Carthage Ramp

Click here for a detailed TWRA Map!

Click here for TVA Generation Schedule!

Getting There
Take Interstate 40 to exit 268, then south on Highway 96 to Center Hill
Dam.  Buffalo Valley and Long Branch Recreation Areas are on opposite
sides of the river just below Center Hill Dam.

Local Guides
Xtreme Trout

Local Fly Shops
Game Fair Ltd
Cumberland Transit

Places to Stay