View Full Version : Clinch/S.Holston?Wautauga

11-11-2009, 08:50 PM
Me and BigPopper are thinking of taking a day trip from Nashville. We will drive there, fish and back in a day. I was thinking of these three rivers as I have heard a lot about them, but only fished the Clinch. I realize we are in for a long day, but, of those three, which is the closest to Nashville and which has the best chance of not sluicing/generating if we decide to go. I can check the generation schedule, but sluicing is a different story. Any advice is appreciated.

Randy Ratliff
11-11-2009, 09:06 PM

11-11-2009, 09:16 PM
Oops...Guess I should have mentioned we are coming down a week from Saturday. Thanks for the info. Same thing up here. Even when they aren't generating, they are sluicing like crazy.

11-11-2009, 09:36 PM
hey blueraider....you might want to take a look at the elk river... should be under a 3 hour drive for you... we fished it sunday and my one buddy is from brentwood.... he did real well on size 18-20 black zebra midge with silver wire.... i fished it again today and just had a banner day 16 or 18 pheasant tail about 18"-2ft below an indicator ...after i lost that to a tree fish i switched to size 16-18 olive soft hackle and they ate it up.... dead drift then strip it back most hookups came on the strip... check the generation scheduel for tims ford dam...the river is very easily waded from the dam river accsess..barley got in over my thighs all day....hope this helps .....goodluck dan

11-11-2009, 11:41 PM
Thanks for the info, yeah we've fished the Elk and he wanted to try something new. This is going to be tricky.

Randy Ratliff
11-12-2009, 09:11 AM

11-12-2009, 11:04 AM

Thanks for the info. 4 hours aint much:cool: I'll post pics if we go.


11-12-2009, 02:08 PM

The Watauga will be sluicing Fridays through first light on Mondays until they finish the new bridge in Siam. The construction crew has a pier to build in the river and they have to continuously pump water out of the steel structure to pour concrete, so the TVA keeps the flow to a minimum during the week.

The South Holston will only have a 4 hour window on Saturdays based on the current TVA schedule.

About the time we think the lakes are drawn down, we get more rain to raise the level, better to have the water than the drought.

By "Bridge in Siam" do you mean the big steel bridge (the single lane one)? Are they tearing it down? Gosh I hope not.

11-12-2009, 04:55 PM
Thats the one.

Randy Ratliff
11-13-2009, 07:24 AM