View Full Version : Clinch Sat. May-10th

05-12-2008, 06:45 AM
I showed up at the church Saturday morning around 9:AM. Fished the run right in front of the church most of the morning. I started out with a #16 sulfer with #18 BHHE Dropper about 24" down. Had a few soft takes, netted and released 1 small bow. Around 11:00 the sulfer hatch started. I changed my dropper to #16 Tung. BHPT. The first drift immediately rendered a 14" Bow. On the next drift the BHPT was hit hard and I netted a 16" Bow, this one was a fatty. My nephew graduated from the Knoxville Police Academy the night before and there was a celebration I had to attend at noon and had to leave just as the hatch was getting started. I returned to the run that evening around 7:00 PM just before the flow started up. I was still rigged with the Tung. BHPT dropper. The fish seemed to be feeding on the surface so I was expecting a take on the sulfer. On the third cast the sulfer disappeared with a pop. 15 minutes later I was staring in my net at a 17" hog. I've caught a few 17" Rainbows on the Clinch, but this was by far the heaviest. Not many fish for me this weekend, but I couldn't of asked for a better ending.

Thanks for the tip A.P. Angler.

05-13-2008, 04:59 AM
Thanks for posting and sharing. I am new to fly fishing and the two times I have been out on the clinch have been skunked. I appreciate the tips and glad you had a great day!

05-13-2008, 07:35 AM
I'm pretty new to all this as well, but I've learned a lot in the past several weeks since I became a member on this board. Everyone has been very helpful and are more than willing to provide detailed information about any questions that I may have.

Thanks for the note and thanks to all the members,

05-13-2008, 05:05 PM
FlyRookie, I've been fly fishing 17 years and I got skunked on the Clinch today. I'm still grateful for a beautiful day and the opportunity to just be on the water. There is always a skunkin' in your future and good fish caught on a sloppy cast. It all comes out right in the end. Somehow the River Gods know when we need to be humbled. Lots of good people to help you here.

Flat Fly n
05-13-2008, 08:28 PM
Takes time, and time put in on a river is an oppurtunity to learn the river. What makes a run, where will fish hold, do sulphurs come off in shallow or deep water, or next to shoals? Should I fish a nymph, emerger (what is an emerger), or dry? If I false cast 8 times over a fish will that put him down, or should I learn to false cast once or none, and will that cast produce drift? You think my UT orange cap is too bright, and the fish might see it, or think it contrast with my white t-shirt, ie, cone of vision for a trout? Lots of reasons for skunkin's!

River time makes you a better angler. And BTW, if you learn to fish on the Clinch you can hammer just about any stream, anywhere.

We have all been skunked, past, present, and future.