View Full Version : Clinch River 9-14

09-18-2008, 03:26 PM
Quick report on the Clinch: My buddy and I fished on Sunday morning on the shoals downstream of Peach Orchard. We tried out a few different flies, but the old trusty BHPT and zebra midge did the trick. We didn't catch anything of size, but we caught about 15-20 trout in three hours on the water, mostly brookies and a couple of 'bows. A couple of the brookies were 12+" and extremely pretty. I'd like to buy a beer for the fellow that had the bright idea of stocking them in the Clinch. They are a hoot!

09-18-2008, 05:58 PM
Is there access to the "shoals" below peach orchard or is it privet property?

09-18-2008, 06:13 PM
They were a freebie from WV, and now every year we will get around 60,000 for just being nice to the feds.

I could live with or without them personally. One good thing about them is that they are dumber then rocks.

09-19-2008, 11:07 AM
Well, I've always considerd myself as dumb as rocks, so maybe that's why I'm a fan of the brook trout!

I believe that all the land around the shoals is private. It's a pretty easy float/paddle from the peach orchard ramp though, and well worth the effort of bringing the boat along. You just have to keep in mind when the water is coming and head back well before that.

09-19-2008, 12:10 PM
I assure you I am dumber then a brook trout.

09-19-2008, 02:45 PM
I am a fan of stupid fish, the make me feel much more skilled and smarter than I really am. I especially like big dumb trout, they are just extremely far and few between. Though we about had a couple fooled in the wee hours of the morning last Friday/Saturday.

One thing to keep in mind if you plan is to row down to the shoals below Peach Orchard and row back to the boat ramp is that TVA doesn't always do what they say. They have been known to release water before their posted time in the past. If that is the case and you can't get back up river, then you are in for a 7 mile boat ride. The good thing is your cell service gets better the closer you get to Clinton and you can call for somebody to bring you a car.

Flat Fly n
09-19-2008, 07:25 PM
Hey Petey,
That is soooooooo true! That happened to me once. I thought no problem. I would get my lovely wife to drive from K'town to get the Clinton taxi guys to take my car truck and trailer down to 61 bridge. Well, me, stupid had put a steering wheel lock on the car and taken the key as well. Wife was not happy because she had to go home and come back 6-7 hours later. Humble pie was eaten that night for dinner and I believe presents were bought as well!!

09-19-2008, 10:49 PM
I have never had any experience with TVA changing the schedules on me:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

Maybe there was one time..... I spent 9 hours in the bamboo, fog, and freezing cold on the island at the weir dam.

In all seriousness Sean is right, pay attention on the river. It doesn't come up fast, but an unwatchful eye can lead to trouble.

09-20-2008, 07:47 PM
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