Caney Fork Float and/or Wade Trip with Susan Thrasher

Caney Fork Float and/or Wade Trip with Susan Thrasher


06/07/2019 - 06/10/2019    
All Day


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Southern Brookies Fly Fishing
98 Judd Road, Lancaster, TN, 38569

Event Type

We will head down to Southern Brookies Fly Fishing near Lancaster, Tennessee on Friday June 7th.  It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive.  You will have the option of staying until June the 9th or June 10th.

There are 2 small campers that will each hold 1 person available to rent for $75 per day and that includes meals.  There is also a Bed & Breakfast just a few miles away that is affiliated with Southern Brookies and that also rents for $75 per day including meals.  There is also a cabin about 5 miles away that will hold 4 people, but meals are not included.

You can bring your kayak or canoe or use one of Susan Thrasher’s.  Or you can wade.  The Caney Fork River is an easy river to wade or to paddle.  Susan offers guided trips for multiple kayaks as well as guided trips for 2 people in a Clackacraft drift boat.  We will be working out details of guided trip opportunities in a few weeks.

Once you get to Southern Brookies Fly Fishing and see it, you won’t want to leave. It’s beautiful, serene and mesmerizing.  This 10 acre paradise built on the Caney Fork River in middle-Tennessee is jaw dropping.  Susan Thrasher designed and built the entire complex.  It is simple, practical, modern and rustic.

The Caney Fork River is the largest tributary of the Cumberland River and a major drainage feature of the Cumberland Plateau. The name “Caney Fork” comes from the dense cane breaks that grew along the river’s banks when European explorers first arrived in the area.  The river is 143 miles long, and its watershed covers 1,771 square miles in eleven Tennessee counties.

The Caney Fork is stocked with browns, brookies and rainbows every week from March through January (11 month out of the year) so this is a very productive fishery.  There is also a healthy population of hold-overs as evidenced by some of the really big fish that were caught on our 2018 trip.

You can read about NKFF’s 2018 trip HERE.  You can also look at some of the pictures from our 2018 trip HERE.


Registration are closed for this event.

Registered Attendees

  • Michael Arnold
  • Tim Guilfoile
  • Tom Smith
  • Ron Kilmer
  • Jack Randall
  • Joe Cruse
  • Bruce Lane
  • Richard Premec


    • Sterling … It’s reopened and you must be included otherwise you couldn’t reply. Do you want the single small camper at Susan’s or a B&B room?

  1. All,

    I’ve room for two more people in my truck and room for three more kayaks on my kayak trailer. If anyone would like to ride with me instead of driving yourselves we could share the fuel costs. Let me know if one anyone wants to ride with me and or, if anyone needs me to transport your kayak. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on this trip.

    Best regards,


    • Bruce … Last year the chartreuse Mop Fly out-fished everything including standard nymphs, midges and wooly-buggers … I’ve never seen anything like it. This year Susan says the fishing has been tough because of the high-water and big-streamers and tiny nymphs have been the ticket so far. The water should be back to normal by the time we go so I’m thinking chartreuse, orange and cream Mop Flies, a selection of standard nymphs (GRHEs, BHPTs, Zug-Bugs, Princes, etc), wooly buggers, big jointed streamers, 5- & 10-ft sink tip sections (with loops to attach to end of fly line) should cover you. We might have a trip-prep fly-tying night before the event.

      I understand you are staying through Sunday the 9th. Did you want a room in the B&B? Or, if we max out the trip (12) would you rather share the cost of the cabin at Betty’s Bend (about 4 miles from Susan’s place on the river) with two others? The Campers at Susan’s (all taken already) and rooms at the B&B are $75 a day and includes dinners at Susan’s. The cabin will be about $85 a day and does not include diner (but it is available at Susan’s for $25 a night). If she does what we did last year, Breakfast and lunch fixings can be had at Susan’s for another $10 or $15 a day) … absolutely worth it. Let me know about your accommodation preference asap. Thanks … Mike Arnold

  2. All … Right now it looks like we have 10 confirmed for the trip (Mike Arnold, Joe Cruse, Sterling DuVall, Tim Guilfoile, Ron Kilmer, Bruce Lane, Rich & Kerry Premec, Jack Randall, Tom Smith). Mike, Jack, Rich & Kerry and Sterling at Susan’s place. Joe, Tim, Bruce, Ron and Tom staying at the B&B. We can put two more at the B&B and max the trip at 12 without using the cabin at Betty’s Island. Do any of you know two folks who might be wanting to go?

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