The Trout Are Back In Town

February 11, 2016  |  Reports, Trips  |  Share

As we find ourselves in the late middle of Winter and looking forward to the Spring of 2016, a welcome reprieve comes to many anglers in and around downtown Franklin: the TWRA Winter trout stocking program. Even with the improved fishing in the Spring and Summer thanks to the lowhead dam removal project, Winter is the best time to witness anglers standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the Harpeth on Lewisburg Pike. The fiesty rainbows that are stocked in the river bring anglers of all ages out of the woodworks. I have even snuck over there a couple of times to scratch the itch, because it is such a great feeling to be able to catch trout so close to home. A very close friend of mine lives in State College Pennsylvania, not more than a stone’s throw from a few storied trout streams. While I live vicariously through the fish pictures he sends, the imagination gets that extra spark in the winter when I can chase trout in downtown Franklin with a fly rod. Granted there is still no comparison, but hey, we will take what we can get right?

While so many of us wish that the Harpeth was a flowing coldwater stream that harbored wild trout, we were just not dealt that hand. That is not to say that we do not have access to a productive river. Before we know it, Poppers and Terrestrials will be agitating both largemouth and smallmouth bass right here in town. With that said, the trout who take up a temporary residence in the Harpeth River will do a nice job of bridging the seasonal gap and then some. Good luck out there and as always, leave the river cleaner than you found it!


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