View Full Version : Interesting Finds on The Clinch This Week!

08-08-2009, 08:48 AM
I was fishing the Clinch Wednesday Morning with my nephew and noticed a fishing net underwater close to the shoreline. I had to jump in and pull the net out of the tangle. The net was a nice high-end retrieve net and there was a Williams Joseph Vest attached to it. The vest was loaded with all the nice gear and flies.

I became worried about what happened to the fisherman and started looking through the vest for identification. At last, I found his fishing license in the hidden pocket. I called his after finding his number on the phone-yellow pages. He was OK and had flipped his canoe the day before with his kids in it. They were being pushed by the generator and they lifted up on one of the shoals and flipped. He lost his rod, some tackle, vest, cooler, and a few other things. Some other boaters helped pull them all ashore and they picked up most of the floating stuff. TWRA was called about their canoe floating down stream and they snagged it. So, he ended up losing his fishing vest and rod in the end.

Well, I found his fishing vest and took it straight home. I took everything out and let it dry out. I dried each of his flies and put them nicely on a foam board so they would retain shape and not bleed on each other. He had about 200 flies and he said it was 10 years worth of flies.

OK, I was fishing yesterday morning on the Clinch and looked over and saw something flash. It was the gold logo on the fishing rod. I was able to lift the end of the rod up with my rod and retrieve it for him. I called him from the river and he could not believe it. It was about a half mile from where I found the vest.

I just thought this to be a very odd story that I found both of these items for him. He picked up his vest and flies already and I have his rod ready to give him after church Sunday.

Thought I would share and to remind you to please add your name and phone number to your tackle. I have found numerous fly boxes and I could not return them due to not having identification on them. Take a nail or dremel and scratch your name and number on the back of this stuff if you value it.

Then, you have to just hope an honest person finds it...:smile:

No Hackle
08-08-2009, 09:14 AM
Need more people like you in the world, it would be a better place. good for you. What comes around goes around. I believe that works both ways.

08-08-2009, 11:35 AM
Need more people like you in the world, it would be a better place. good for you. What comes around goes around. I believe that works both ways.

I second that statement. Well done Shawn.

The Principal
08-08-2009, 01:21 PM
I would like to add a well done to you also. I lost a nymph box at Tellico
once. I had several dollors worth of flies in it and never got it back.
It took a while to replace what I had lost.

08-08-2009, 01:29 PM
Very honorable indeed!

08-08-2009, 08:18 PM
Shawn, You helped that guy pick up the pieces of a bad day on the river. You're a good man. Monk

08-08-2009, 09:34 PM
Shawn, I know you didn't post this story to get pats on the back, but let me dog pile on this one as well. Great job!! It's the actions a person takes, when they don't have to act, that set people apart. Well done.

I firmly believe that the more you help others, the richer your own life will become.


08-08-2009, 10:05 PM
Good Form Man.....excellent, good form.:smile:

08-08-2009, 10:06 PM
Thanks friends! If you know me personally; you will know that I do not have the high-end fishing stuff or the great rods. I fish with what I have and make the best of it. It would hurt me to lose any of my stuff.

If you remember some of my old posts; I have posted Lost and Found stuff on here several times. I just wished the items had some ID so I could get them back to their owners.

Byron and I are discussing a neat idea to help with this problem and I hope we can make it happen shortly...

I have found floating fly boxes 3-4 times this year and I just go up the river asking each guy if they have lost anything and to kindly describe the box. Those have made it back to their owners.

To clarify most of all; my main worry was what happened to the guy whose stuff I was finding...

Materialistic things do not define me. If you have met me on the river; you will know that I will offer you flies, coffee, water, etc. to help you have a better day. I enjoy meeting people and having great conversation.

Most of all; I want people to enjoy meeting me and knowing me as a person! I enjoy meeting and learning from all of the LRO Members. I would like to fish with Waterwolf sometime. I think he is full of knowledge and experience and I would love to learn from him...

OK; off to watch a movie and a late dinner...

By the way; the dam-retention pool fished very well this evening at the 6pm shutoff. They destroyed my Klinkhammer Olive Patterns:biggrin:


08-09-2009, 11:08 AM
What a guy!!!
You are the type of person that i would like to fish with.hope to see you on the water.

08-09-2009, 12:04 PM
I love a story with a happy ending! This is proof there is still one nice person
left on the planet! also glad nobody was injured.

08-10-2009, 07:42 AM
My hats off to ya(oops, sorry for the blinding light:redface:) for such a grand undertaking.
One of our local guys lost an oar awhile back & the guy that found it didn't want to return it, i'll never understand some people.


08-10-2009, 08:00 AM
Nice to see their are still some class acts on the river, good job and glad to hear things worked out for the guy.

Flat Fly n
08-12-2009, 11:03 AM
Way to go Shawn. May you catch the brown of your life on the river this year!

PS. You didn't by chance find my Lamborghini Diablo below Miller's Island? I let it roll off the ramp as I was towing my new Clackacraft loaded with new Loomis/Sage/Winston rods. They are all missing!
If you seen any of the above items...their mine!
Just wondering. HA!

Congrats again.

08-12-2009, 03:14 PM
:smile:Flat Fly n,
With you money that is an easy replacement! Just kidding...

No serious, I have found so much stuff on the river it is ridiculous.

Actually, I found a unopened pack of gumbi rockfish lures that run about $20. I gave them to a guy that was going trolling at the ramp.

I found one nice river anchor. But, I have lost three this year. So, I am still in the hole on anchors.

I found a plano flat box full of lures about 4 feet down and filled with water. I could not get them up for nothing. I spent about 20 minutes and said forget it. I had planned on giving them to my nephew if there were not ID on the box.

No to mention about 5 spinning lures that were hung up on trees.

*The moral of the story is; if you like it - write your name on it; otherwise you have no chance at getting it back...If you ever lose something on the Clinch - give me a shout. I will try and find it for you...:cool:

08-12-2009, 09:37 PM
Small world....
The owner of the stuff you found is a neighbor and fishing buddy. He mentioned you go to the same church.
How about going fishing the three of us ?