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MadisonBoats
11-20-2011, 09:41 AM
Clinch Report from last Thursday.
Air Temp: 60 Deg.
Water Temp: 58 Deg.
Water Quality: 30% stained (light green)
Hatch:
-Early [very slow and limited]
-Evening [Very heavy adult midges]
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Action:
The trout are active; but, their feeding habits seem to be a little slower than normal. I found that I had to adjust my presentation rate down to slight twitches with anything other than midges. Also; big-heavy midges on longer drops will help you get down to the fish holding in the feeding lies.
The fishing has been pretty good. Most of the fish I have been catching are fairly average in size and I have not hooked anything above 13-15" in a couple of weeks. However; I think you could do well with some streamers or larger flies.

Be care wading; most of the substrate rock has been covered with a new layer of mud and it will take a few dry out days/generation cycles to clear them up.

77punk
11-21-2011, 07:59 PM
i went up to the clinch for a few hours friday afternoon and a hatch was on. around 430/5 pm i stopped at peach orchard and it was like watching an upside down snowstorm. i have never seen anything like it. i had no clue what they were, and had nothing that small to offer. is it likely these were those midges also?

Flat Fly n
11-25-2011, 07:27 PM
Without a doubt. unless it was scuds practicing for the Nutcracker and the trout were all over them!

77punk
11-26-2011, 09:13 AM
cool. i didn't know if midges come off in numbers like that. still learning here, one day i'll be useful enough to help one of y'all out. i would pay to see the scud nutcracker ballet being eaten by trout. i do like some tchaikovsky now and then

MadisonBoats
11-26-2011, 09:43 AM
cool. i didn't know if midges come off in numbers like that. still learning here, one day i'll be useful enough to help one of y'all out. i would pay to see the scud nutcracker ballet being eaten by trout. i do like some tchaikovsky now and then

I love listening to some of the classics on headphones while fly fishing. Just be extra self-aware.

There are plenty of different midge hatches in the winter. You can throw dry or emergent midge patterns if you are working a hatch and a rise. The main colors I use are black, tan, burnt orange, and olive drab.

As for scuds dancing; seems like most of them were doing that in Sept/Aug.:biggrin: A good active scud pattern is the 'Trout Crack' version. Search the NET; for the recipe. It is an easy tie.

Flat Fly n
11-26-2011, 08:30 PM
If you're really really bored this winter and it's really cold out and you're wishing for those dry fly hatchesof the spring. Wait for a cloudless day and bright sun to be out on low water for about 3-4 hours and go fish a midge rise!

MadisonBoats
11-27-2011, 08:33 AM
If you're really really bored this winter and it's really cold out and you're wishing for those dry fly hatchesof the spring. Wait for a cloudless day and bright sun to be out on low water for about 3-4 hours and go fish a midge rise!

Phil,
I usually take any chance I can get to watch a hatch:smile:. My biggest problem during those swarms is not swallow any midges. Not to mention when the gnats get fired up and try to land in my ears, nose, and mouth.

troutmanbrook
11-30-2011, 09:21 AM
Great report Shawn. I am just now getting my account fixed so I can post.

MadisonBoats
11-30-2011, 09:31 AM
Great report Shawn. I am just now getting my account fixed so I can post.

Man, I have been looking for you on here. You have a great passion for our sport and I have seen you progress immensely this year. Also; you are a great ambassador this sport and someone that I enjoy fishing with...:smile:

Ok, you know were to send the check to...:biggrin:

troutmanbrook
11-30-2011, 11:47 AM
Man, I have been looking for you on here. You have a great passion for our sport and I have seen you progress immensely this year. Also; you are a great ambassador this sport and someone that I enjoy fishing with...:smile:

Ok, you know were to send the check to...:biggrin:

Thanks for the compliments! I can honestly say, without knowing great anglers like yourself, It would have taken me much longer to get to where I am today. Thank you for sharing your trade secrets, and always being willing to drop everything you are doing, to lend a hand to a struggling greenhorn.

Dude, the check has been in the mail for like a week now, should arrive tomorrow. :cool:

Rodonthefly
11-30-2011, 12:26 PM
Check, who said you could pay in form of a check? How's the spa been fishing Danny

troutmanbrook
11-30-2011, 01:29 PM
Check, who said you could pay in form of a check? How's the spa been fishing Danny

Well, the spa has been pretty slow lately, But i was able to get a few fish on Sunday with hot orange conehead streamers. I think they have caught onto our midge. :eek:

I was eager to try it since only 1 gen has been running this week, but now its back to 2. Today is a short day for me, so when i get out, I will more than likely find myself there bouncing midges off their noses.:redface: