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Flat Fly n
03-22-2012, 05:17 PM
Looks like Clinch will be off soon! TVA lowering Melton Hill for property owners to fix their docks....

Rodonthefly
03-22-2012, 06:52 PM
False info everyone had better head to the south holston :eek:

MadisonBoats
03-22-2012, 07:02 PM
Fished this morning!:smile:

Corbo
03-22-2012, 09:34 PM
Shawn; I sure do wish I knew the spot where you set your underwater camera and took the video with like a zillion chunky rainbows swimming around!

I got skunked yesterday at Nance's but the guy across river caught about ten.... funny thing is we were both fishing a black zebra midge size 20.... one of those days.

pacofly13
03-22-2012, 10:31 PM
Looks like Clinch will be off soon! TVA lowering Melton Hill for property owners to fix their docks....
Ya think it would be a wadeable release level this weekend??

Flat Fly n
03-22-2012, 10:41 PM
I have it on high authority from my Ouija board!

pacofly13
03-23-2012, 08:58 AM
:)TVA's predicted outflow for the weekend is around 2550cfs, so that'll work!

MadisonBoats
03-23-2012, 09:37 AM
Shawn; I sure do wish I knew the spot where you set your underwater camera and took the video with like a zillion chunky rainbows swimming around!

I got skunked yesterday at Nance's but the guy across river caught about ten.... funny thing is we were both fishing a black zebra midge size 20.... one of those days.
Richard, I had that video in a feeding lie. That is key bro to getting in to a trout or in to trout!:smile:

I have it on high authority from my Ouija board!
FF-I heard it was to prepare the course for the OR Regatta and the annual spring cleanup day each year. Is that similar to your info...?

*About this weekend. I expect the fishing to slow until the fish get accustomed to the water level.

Also; be careful walking about. There is a high amount of moss, plant growth, and sediment on the bottom. It will take a few cycles for this to reduce. So; take your steps one at a time.

REPORT: Thursday, March 22, 2012
I fished Thursday Morning for about 2 hours. It was very slow in my opinion. I think the fish were lethargic due to the water level change. The sun never hit the water that I was fishing. So; the bug activity was limited to a few midges. Plus, there was a lot of condensed plant growth and material floating in the lower pool levels. This polluted the seams and made presenting with uniqueness a challenge. I did get three-small fish late when the water came up on a streamer.
HATCH:


Adult midges in Clumps=Griffiths Gnat* (I think this would be a good pattern for this weekend if you are below the dam throwing to a rise.)

A couple of adult sulphurs=I think they were lost...
A few sulphur nymphs
Of-course there were blackfly larva.:smile:

Corbo
03-23-2012, 01:47 PM
Does everyone else feel ten months pregnant waiting for good hatches and safe wadable conditions?

It's raining again.

I've been throwing Griffith's on the Holston twice in the last week despite all the midges on top and didn't get a single rise on them.

Leg still very sore from digger last Saturday and nicely bruized; and I managed it while using my wading staff!

Hope I'm not getting too broken down for this anymore... what I wouldn't do to be throwing Crazy Charlies on a nice hard bottom sand flat today.

Rodonthefly
03-23-2012, 02:40 PM
I bet my beloved Clinch will look like Walmart on the day after Thanksgiving tomorrow. Thank goodness I have private access :biggrin: you boys have fun combat fishing!

ChemEAngler
03-23-2012, 03:25 PM
I bet my beloved Clinch will look like Walmart on the day after Thanksgiving tomorrow. Thank goodness I have private access :biggrin: you boys have fun combat fishing!

Maybe the rain forecast will keep some of the fair weather fishermen off the water. I still imagine it will be a "bring your own rock" sort of day.

Flat Fly n
03-23-2012, 06:48 PM
So much water available and everyone piles up within 30 yards of the wier....makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. It's almost laughable if it wasn't so sad.

However I can't wait to get back on this river! But, I'm more concerned with the stripers in the river than fishermen. Enjoy yourselves tomorrow, and hope for clear skies and and north wind!

Rodonthefly
03-23-2012, 09:40 PM
So much water available and everyone piles up within 30 yards of the wier....makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. It's almost laughable if it wasn't so sad.

However I can't wait to get back on this river! But, I'm more concerned with the stripers in the river than fishermen. Enjoy yourselves tomorrow, and hope for clear skies and and north wind!

Strippers ain't much of a problem anymore, they are slowly starting to go away;)

Flat Fly n
03-23-2012, 10:17 PM
Maybe we trout fishermen need to hold a striper tournament at 61 bridge and pay a bounty for the most brought in from upstream! HA......Oooops. I forgot, they only eat threadfin shad.

Corbo
03-24-2012, 01:23 AM
My dumb question of the day...

Are there Stripers or Strippers at Route 61 on the Clinch... I would be pleased to fish for either.

If there are stripers why not try to catch them on fly tackle... I have extra 8 and 9 weights if someone wants to give it a try with me!

Flat Fly n
03-24-2012, 07:20 AM
61 bridge is kinda of the cut off of the Clinch River and what becomes Melton Hill lake....so typically anything above the 61 bridge is and was for many years only trout, until the stripers got smart or conditioned, or whatever and started moving upstream for the tasty treats we like to catch.

Corbo
03-24-2012, 09:36 AM
Flat Fly N

So does that mean Stripers are there to be caught WADE fishing provided one is throwing a 4/0 Deciever?

Flat Fly n
03-25-2012, 03:49 PM
Doubt it. I look at stripers like salmon. They sit there lethargic until generation turns on, or big rains that push salmon upstream. I could be way off on this. There is wading right above 61 bridge but to me it's pretty barren. 61 bridge again is a reference point to where the problem lies with stripers getting into the trout. Below 61 bridge, I consider that the lake and I don't care what they do in there because there is some trout activity, but very little, and certainly not enough for TWRA to stock below 61 bridge.

Good luck on your quest for river stripers. I hope you have 200 yards of backing and plenty of space to run with them IF you hook one.

Rodonthefly
03-25-2012, 05:00 PM
They can hide and they cam run but they can't out run a .22 mag!:biggrin:

Flat Fly n
03-25-2012, 07:23 PM
Awesome idea....i need your address so I can supply the ammo! HA

Corbo
03-26-2012, 12:52 AM
Hmmm? I've seen video on the Watauga where the running river just gets to Boone and there are huge stripers... must be eating trout.

So if I understand; the striper fishing would be good during generation at the Church, but not so good when the wade fishing for trout is good?

I may need to break out all the saltwater tying stuff; time for 8 inch streamers on 4/0 hooks.

Flat Fly n
03-26-2012, 12:45 PM
2/0 is good enough, and half that size.....remember TWRA says they ONLY eat Threadfins! HA!