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pineman19
06-28-2009, 05:10 PM
Here it is! The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Day on the Clinch. The good part was that I got out of the house and it was better than spending several hours mowing my yard in the sweltering heat on Saturday.

I arrived at the Jail a little after 10 o'clock this morning. The area was pretty well stocked with anglers, upstream and dowstream. I managed a couple good strikes early on using a small black copper john, but managed to pull the hook out of their mouths. I am so used to ripping on those wild fish in the mountains:eek: Broke off another decent fish shortly after hooking up, guess I had a weak place in my tippet. In around 5 hrs. of fishing in the heat I managed to catch two 9" stocker brookies. There was a sparse and sporadic sulfur hatch as the day progressed and some fish were feeding on top, but I didn't have any success on a dry. Looks like it's midge time on the Clinch. I managed to catch one of the brookies on a small yellow-bodied wet fly, but that was it for the day. Finally called it quits around 2 o'clock, and by that time most of the anglers were home sipping a cold one and watching the race:smile:

It was good to get out of the house anyway, and I am excited about the long holiday weekend coming up and some cooler temperatures.

Have fun!

BTW Hans you have officially been fired as my Clinch River guide. That should make you happy since I haven't been paying you anyhow:biggrin:

Neal

tennswede
06-28-2009, 05:24 PM
You got the wrong guy, something about a wolf lurking in the woods.

BTW, saw a huge bear yesterday on Little River Trail. We talked to another fisherman who said there was a second bear below Cucumber gap. They had several bear warning signs posted on the trail.

pineman19
06-28-2009, 05:37 PM
You got the wrong guy, something about a wolf lurking in the woods.

BTW, saw a huge bear yesterday on Little River Trail. We talked to another fisherman who said there was a second bear below Cucumber gap. They had several bear warning signs posted on the trail.

Just sounds like you are trying to scare other anglers from one of your favorite fishing haunts Mr. Swede:rolleyes: Seems I am due to see a bear in the Smokies. Haven't seen one in three trips this year. I always seem to see one when I am with you. They must like the idea of a Tenneesee Swede in their midst:cool:

ChemEAngler
06-28-2009, 07:25 PM
Neal,

I had my slowest day of the year on the Clinch Saturday, but it still wasn't a bad day. The fish appeared to be stuck somewhere between typical sulfur locations and typical midge locations. I believe the fat lady has sung on this years sulfur hatch. It was a good one, perhaps the best I have ever seen, but all good things must come to an end. Time to break out the #20 & 22 midge patterns and start scouring the bottom.

waterwolf
06-29-2009, 08:04 AM
Fished the Clinch yesterday and it was pretty much the same as it has been for me. I did not see much if any hatch which is fine with me as well.

It fished good yesterday, but that means nothing with that fickle piece of river.

Green Weenie
06-29-2009, 08:26 AM
Waterwolf,

I was on the Clinch yesterday as well, up around Llewellyn Island. Wish I would have known you were there. I would have said hello.

I also agree that it fished good yesterday.

MadisonBoats
06-29-2009, 08:46 AM
Drifted the Clinch yesterday and Saturday. Yesterday was very nice with the steady fog bank and a couple of showers. I caught one 16" fish on a Hare's Ear and several average fish. The fishing was a little slow Saturday, but they seemed to turn on after it warmed up some...

waterwolf
06-29-2009, 08:56 AM
Waterwolf,

I was on the Clinch yesterday as well, up around Llewellyn Island. Wish I would have known you were there. I would have said hello.

I also agree that it fished good yesterday.

I was floating, so you would have to have been awfully tall to see me :biggrin: I am down that way often wading, so I am sure our paths will cross.

Drifted the Clinch yesterday and Saturday. Yesterday was very nice with the steady fog bank and a couple of showers. I caught one 16" fish on a Hare's Ear and several average fish. The fishing was a little slow Saturday, but they seemed to turn on after it warmed up some...
Were you in your boat? I was out as well, and don't remeber seeing your boat along my travels.

ChemEAngler
06-29-2009, 09:18 AM
Drifted the Clinch yesterday and Saturday. Yesterday was very nice with the steady fog bank and a couple of showers. I caught one 16" fish on a Hare's Ear and several average fish. The fishing was a little slow Saturday, but they seemed to turn on after it warmed up some...

Shawn,
I saw you drifting by around 1:45 Saturday. I was going to flag you down, but you were on the other side of the river. Glad you had a good day. Things were a little slow for me until the fog lifted off the water around 11:00.

By the way what is up with the umbrella? :biggrin:

gverholek
06-29-2009, 01:25 PM
I floated the 7 miles of the Clinch with a fellow LRCTU member, Mike Stiehl, in his ugly pink (faded red) canoe. The fish must have been laughing their fins off, because we caught copious fish 12” to 15” plus I got one 17” and Mike got one larger (he says). No matter; I had a blast. I was sore and sunburned, hot and tired, but I still have this silly grin stuck on my face. It’ll take a few more days for the muscles in my face to relax.

TVA opened one generator on Norris Dam around 9am, and the water caught up with us around 1pm. After the water rise, we could only fish from the canoe, and move at the speed of the current. We moved rather quickly, but the fish were still feeding, and we were still catching. We paddled the last ½ mile to clear some shallow ledges. I hated to quit. I’m still dreaming of the fishing…it was great. Thanks, Mike.

ChemEAngler
06-29-2009, 02:42 PM
I floated the 7 miles of the Clinch with a fellow LRCTU member, Mike Stiehl, in his ugly pink (faded red) canoe. The fish must have been laughing their fins off, because we caught copious fish 12” to 15” plus I got one 17” and Mike got one larger (he says). No matter; I had a blast. I was sore and sunburned, hot and tired, but I still have this silly grin stuck on my face. It’ll take a few more days for the muscles in my face to relax.

TVA opened one generator on Norris Dam around 9am, and the water caught up with us around 1pm. After the water rise, we could only fish from the canoe, and move at the speed of the current. We moved rather quickly, but the fish were still feeding, and we were still catching. We paddled the last ˝ mile to clear some shallow ledges. I hated to quit. I’m still dreaming of the fishing…it was great. Thanks, Mike.

Hey,
We were the guys who stopped by and chatted with you while you were fishing the laydown. You two guys were catching way more fish than anybody else I saw on the water Saturday. It seemed like everytime I looked up Mike had one on. It was nice meeting you both, and you are not the only one who was sunburned at the end of the day...

Like I said earlier, I had a much slower day than previous trips. Maybe I just wasn't on my game. I was up with my 1 yr old from midnight to 4AM, but I am not going to use that as an excuse. :biggrin:

I will be looking for redemption when I go back. I will have my midge arsenal prepared.

hw3
06-29-2009, 03:13 PM
Sounds like the Clinch may be in my near future. How is the water level in Norris? Running 2x generators for most of the day puts a damper on at least this wader from LEX. Cumberland is the same way lately, and while it never seems appropriate asking for it to not rain, given our drought last few years, could use a few weeks with gentle soakers. Thx, Watson

MadisonBoats
06-29-2009, 04:45 PM
Were you in your boat? I was out as well, and don't remeber seeing your boat along my travels.

Yes, we did not get out until about 10:30 Saturday due to my brother working late the night before...

Sunday, I fished with a local dentist and we basically just drifted for the heck of it. The water was moving fast in most areas. He had not drifted the Clinch in a while and we were just basically getting out on the water...


By the way what is up with the umbrella? :biggrin:Hey, it was super hot Saturday and big fellas like me melt in that kind of heat...:biggrin:

gverholek
06-30-2009, 09:02 AM
Yeah, Mike has a winning technique. He covers a lot of water, sets on the slightest indication, and as a result, he hooks a lot of fish. You can't argue with that kind of success. And he ties a great Zebra Midge.

mlstiehl
06-30-2009, 08:32 PM
The only limiting factor for Gary and I was that the pink canoe was spooking the fish early in the day and Gary would not take any flies from me until @ 10am. We could not see far from the canoe until @ 9:30. So we had to cast only 20 feet and we could see the fish moving away from the canoe as we passed. Covering water when drifting is the best way, I always get out and wade. If a fish does not bite after a few casts I move on. As Gary found out, there is only 1 fly to fish on the CLinch. It is a little bit of a special tie but not much. I gave Gary two samples and I know he already picked up the extra items needed to tie his zebra midges like mine.
We did see a good sulfer hatch and I always use a parachute adams as an indicator fly when the water is low. I picked up about 25% of the fish on the PA, normally browns and brookies. I think that the normal indicators scare fish off. (IMO) The pink canoe is awesome except for the long stretches of sitting cramped up. The plastic slids right over the rocks, although it does seem to sit lower in back where I am at.

It did help that we were one of the first boat down the river that day.

Tight Lines

waterwolf
07-01-2009, 09:27 AM
There is far more then 1 fly that works and works well on the Clinch.

MadisonBoats
07-01-2009, 10:38 AM
The pink canoe is awesome except for the long stretches of sitting cramped up. The plastic slids right over the rocks, although it does seem to sit lower in back where I am at.


Hey, it takes the right kind of guy to be able to handle a pink canoe!:biggrin: Props!

*Beats sitting on the couch any day...