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Flyfishjeep
07-17-2008, 03:13 PM
How has everyone been doing on the Clinch? I may try to head up there early next week to fish in the AM. Are the fish taking dries or nymphs better?
I have been tying some orange wet flies for the swap, and I may take a couple to try out.
Thanks for the info
-Ben

ChemEAngler
07-17-2008, 03:28 PM
My guess would be to have plenty of zebra midges, scuds, bhpt, and woolly buggers. I would assume that most of the dry action, other than tiny midges, has come to an end.

Travis

psnapp
07-17-2008, 03:34 PM
FJP - I went last weekend for about 1 1/2 hrs. Not much happening on the surface. I fished some larger streamers and only landed 2, both of which were recent stockers. Not much to crow about from my corner. I would expect that terrestrials might be the ticket in afternoons. I may give it a try on Sat and will let you know.

Phil

Fishermansfly
07-17-2008, 04:39 PM
I did my first guided trip up there yesterday...We were around peach orchard and didn't see much activity all day. There were a few rising to midges in the morning, as the day progressed I still saw a few sporadic sulphurs, and towards the late afternoon some march browns (I think).

Our boat did terrible throwing spin tackle, and after lunch I decided it was time to introduce two guys to the world of fly fishing. The gent in the front of the boat had never held a spin rod before, let alone a fly rod. I had him casting pretty loops in about 20 minutes! I'm not just saying that my jaw was in the floor of the boat watching him cast off of a simple explaination and short demonstration. The bhpt was in the water for thirty seconds when he got his first fish of the day...I believe I created a monster at that point.

The gent in the back of the boat was oppossed to trying to figure out the fly rod in the boat. After a few minutes of watching the indicator constantly going under, he thought otherwise in handling the fly rod...He boated seven, five of which were on the fly! His friend in the front of the boat I believe boated 3, 2 on the fly.

To top it all off these guys managed to never even get so much as a tangle in the indicator rig! I was more than pleased with the results! Especially after driving around for 30 minutes looking for the rest of the group first thing in the morning....I got a little confused as to where we were starting the float.

Anywho, I'd try a BHPT sizes fourteen and sixteen seems to be what the brookies liked all day!

~Brett

sdetoro59
07-18-2008, 01:33 PM
I fished it for the first time last week.. two spots..went in at the church .. beautiful morning.. fog on the river, and some herons out fishing. I only managed one (~7") rainbow. I then went up to Williams Island and got in a about an hour before the water rose.. but had fair amount of action and managed to land a 10" brookie and a slightly smaller rainbow and few smaller ones. missed about as many! all on nyphs.. BHPT and assorted midges. Water was sooo clear. very nice..Can't wait to go back.

Wilson10
07-18-2008, 08:15 PM
I believe I created a monster at that point.

~Brett


I still remember the excitement of my first trout on a fly rod and the monster it created.

FFM4LIFE
07-18-2008, 11:41 PM
I fished the falling water this morning at millers island. Caught 2 browns, 2 rainbows, and 3 brookies and missed at least that many all in the 10-15" range. Caught fish on zebra midges, scuds, and wooley buggers.

ChemEAngler
07-19-2008, 01:04 PM
I decided to head to the Clinch this morning and fished from 7 till 11:30. I typically fish on Friday afternoons to avoid the crowds, and even though it was crowded today it wasn't too crowded. All my typical runs had people on them when I arrived, so I spent some time searching new water. Only managed to bring 2 bows to hand, both on stripper midges, but I let an unbelievable number get off the hook today. I was hooking them on sulfur thorax duns, midge larvae, and slumpbusters, but I just couldn't land them. Oh well, next time....

waterwolf
07-19-2008, 10:38 PM
Fished the Clinch on Wed. and Thursday and had great days both days. Wed. I parked at the Church and walked upstream to Lewallen Island, caught far more then I could count, however I usually lose count after 2 :) And 6 or so that were in the slot. Same old same old in terms of flies, small PT's and midge pupa.

Thursday, I fished below Peach Orchard about 2 miles, and had a fantastic morning. Brought to hand a 21" rainbow, and a 19" brown with a smattering of other slot sized fish along with the litany of dink brookies, browns, and rainbows. The nasty stockers have really choked parts of that stretch and are almost a nuisance in places. Same flies as Wed, but the fish were really happier with midge pupa especially the larger fish.

monktrout
07-20-2008, 09:44 AM
Waterwolf, Good job. Were you dropping the midge off a dry/indicator fished upstream or off a bugger fished down? Thanks, Monk

Fishermansfly
07-20-2008, 10:27 AM
Wolf, I was a little upset by the looks of thing on the Clinch...You are 100% accurate on your description of stockers! Brook, brook, brook! Hopefully It'll feed the Big Browns for a while!

~Brett

canerod
07-20-2008, 11:02 AM
WATERWOLF would you please drop me a line at mmfarm@ccvn.com thanks dave

Flat Fly n
07-20-2008, 03:14 PM
Fished above the weir last evening after it seemed they didn't cut off as scheduled at 6PM. The water was high and fast at the Horse trailers when I got my big frame in there at around 7PM.

Very little midge activity, so I put on a trusted Christmas bugger of the Seagulls and caught 5 fish before I gave it to a friend to try. I proceeded to catch nothing else. The first three fish were a brook, bow,and brown, and ALL were in the slot. BTW, I have driven 18 hours straight to catch brookies that size or better! The downsize of course is that Joe Baitslinger was there and killed two fish easily in the slot. I did get the larger than average stomach's and examined those with some very good surprises there.

I wonder if TWRA is policing the area at all. I know with budget cut's and summer lake usage it's hard to be everywhere. Also, I wonder if anyone knows someone who could let me know if it is possible for a private individual to purchase signs for TWRA (upon their approval of course). That way they get their signs that they obviously can't afford and said individual could get a tax break somehow, or some fishing group could help pay for them.

ChemEAngler
07-20-2008, 03:50 PM
I wonder if TWRA is policing the area at all. I know with budget cut's and summer lake usage it's hard to be everywhere. Also, I wonder if anyone knows someone who could let me know if it is possible for a private individual to purchase signs for TWRA (upon their approval of course). That way they get their signs that they obviously can't afford and said individual could get a tax break somehow, or some fishing group could help pay for them.

My fishing buddy called me last week to tell me that he talked with a TWRA officer at the weir dam, and she said that they have been writing many more citations than they should have to. They have been parking away from the area and walking over and just hanging out waiting for people to come out. I say more power to them. Let the violators pay the TWRA officers salary for one year. Eventually word will get around that they are ticketing and that stuff will slow down....I would have liked to been there that evening and sat back and watched the activity.

Travis

Flat Fly n
07-20-2008, 06:41 PM
Fantastic!

Best news I have heard on the Clinch in 20 years.

Tag em, and bag em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

waterwolf
07-20-2008, 07:22 PM
Waterwolf, Good job. Were you dropping the midge off a dry/indicator fished upstream or off a bugger fished down? Thanks, Monk

Under a piece of yarn, no droppers for this boy.

waterwolf
07-20-2008, 07:25 PM
WATERWOLF would you please drop me a line at mmfarm@ccvn.com thanks dave

Will do, just rolled in off the river and will get to it later.

monktrout
07-21-2008, 01:46 PM
WaterWolf, Thanks. Monk

jzimmerman
07-21-2008, 03:18 PM
I also floated the clinch this weekend but no sign of any officers. There were a couple of guys that held up the boat ramp around 7 am that morning. They were just down there getting all of their stuff organized for like 15min until people started shouting at them. Its just plan disrespectful to hold up the ramp for any time longer that enough time to drop you boat and pull back up, "or at least in Mississippi it was..." But as for officers go I have fished different parts of the clinch for the last 5 weeks and haven't been checked yet, but I have seen some stringers of slot sized fish come out. I also fish the park about 3 times a week if not more and haven't been checked there either. Where are all of the good guys at?

Flat Fly n
07-21-2008, 09:53 PM
JZimmerman,
Welcome to TN and especially east TN. We have the best trout fishing here east of the MS! However, it's not without it's problems.

What did you expect though? Those of us that try to help a river and it's fishery, just to have folks like that (the rule breakers) that don't respect themselves, others, or for that matter shared property (the fish your license helps to pay for)because "it's my right". It's the same guys that will steal your rods out of your vehicle, fish 24/7/365...but they of course are disabled and only exercise on the 1st and 15th of the month to go to the mailbox and pick up the check that you and I provide for them. I am also willing to bet those same folks don't eat the fish because they are too lazy to clean them, or cook them. They "give them away" to folks of like kind who may or may not use them. You can't change their attitudes, just as you can't change mine....a fishing snob, elitist, or whatever you want to call a catch and release, sport fisherman, that does it for an adrenaline rush, especially on big fish.

TWRA did change the regs. which has been an ongoing debate, fight, for a long time. Will the regs improve the stream, probably yes, and time will tell. In order to get more show of force, we need more officers. And yes, they are probably up on Norris arresting drunks and the likes, but we do need more. Support TWRA by writing your representatives in the state, those that were going to take money from TWRA and put into the general fund or so I had heard?