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Fly Fishing Kentucky - Tom Schrodt

  • Whole Hog Cafe 2516 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR, 72202 United States (map)

Kentucky's Two Best Trout Waters

Not known for great trout waters, Kentucky never-the-less can boast of two that warrant great attention: the Cumberland River Tailwater (CRT) considered one of the 50 best trout tailwaters in the US and Hatchery Creek (HC); both are home to giant browns, rainbows and brookies.

With a little background information anglers drifting the CRT can boat 30-40 fish one day, several over 20 inches and the following day walk the banks of the new, 1-1/3 mile long, manmade HC that enters the CRT and net several more nice fish.

AR anglers can either camp at the full service Kendall Campground on the shores of the CRT and HC or overnight at the Lake Cumberland State Park Lodge just 3 miles away. At 485 miles from Little Rock both waters make for a very nice weekend of fishing.  

About our Speaker:            

Tom Schrodt retired Professor and Chairman of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky took up fly fishing for cold and salt water fish in 1985 following a lifetime of playing tennis. This pursuit has carried him into over a hundred waters including some in New Zealand, Alaska, , British Columbia and Ireland. Some of his catches include a 22-inch cutthroat out of the Bitterroot in Montana, a 35-inch steelhead out of the Throne River in the Isle Prince of Wales and a 30 inch rainbow from the Copper River in Alaska. He has brought a few small Tarpon to boat off the Florida coast but is still looking for the really big one. Tom and Valerie Askren are co-authors of the book "Fly Fishing Kentucky". Tom and his wife Rita live in Lexington KY and are parents of 3 fly fishing sons.