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MadisonBoats
10-16-2012, 08:53 AM
The Clinch has been fishing its typical Fall pattern. The water has started to change color and temperature. The bug* activity has narrowed to midges, craneflies, scuds, & an occasional sulphur. *(Not Exclusive)

Upper Tailwater:
Surface Water Temperature: 52-56 by 2 PM (Latest Measurement)
Color: Slate-Grey


One of the best patterns I have fished is a #20 olive midge, black thorax, brown-olive beads.
The most effective patterns seem to have a trigger effect or something in them to help them stand out in the water color.

Lower Tailwater:
Surface Water Temperature: 55-62 by 3 PM (Latest Measurement)
Color: Slate-Grey


Fishing has been slow for me on the lower end. I am just averaging a handful of fish each trip. Also; the quality of fish is down and mostly rainbow.
Most fish were taken on soft hackles.
Midge emergers and comparaduns have produced at pool-tail-outs in certain areas.

I hope others can post to share their reports and information in hope that we can help each other have a better experience.

*Safety Note: Be extra careful wading on rocks. Some of the vegetation has started to die and the surfaces are becoming super slick.:eek:

77punk
10-21-2012, 03:12 PM
your report is the mirror image of my last couple trips with two exceptions. i have been floating above the weir, and using a red zebra midge. all 'bows mostly dinks and one in the slot.

cockeye valdez
10-22-2012, 08:55 AM
I fished upper (early) and middle (noonish) sections Saturday, it was cloudy early and not many rises. I did manage to snag a few on #18 zebras. When the clouds left and the sun came out I found more rises in the middle section. Midges, crane flies and one lonely sulfur came off. I still prefer a #18 sulfur with a dropper as my go-to set up. They slapped at my sulfur refusing it but took my #24 emerger dropper as the water was coming up. Occasionally one will take the sulfur.

I fished the so.ho. last weekend and while I miss those many browns, I'm still committed to learning fall and winter fishing on the clinch.

Shawn, you said you go-to bug midge is a olive, brown, do you use olive wire?
c.v.

MadisonBoats
10-22-2012, 12:53 PM
your report is the mirror image of my last couple trips with two exceptions. i have been floating above the weir, and using a red zebra midge. all 'bows mostly dinks and one in the slot.

Actually, I have been using biot midges above the weir.:smile:

I fished upper (early) and middle (noonish) sections Saturday, it was cloudy early and not many rises. I did manage to snag a few on #18 zebras. When the clouds left and the sun came out I found more rises in the middle section. Midges, crane flies and one lonely sulfur came off. I still prefer a #18 sulfur with a dropper as my go-to set up. They slapped at my sulfur refusing it but took my #24 emerger dropper as the water was coming up. Occasionally one will take the sulfur.

I fished the so.ho. last weekend and while I miss those many browns, I'm still committed to learning fall and winter fishing on the clinch.

Shawn, you said you go-to bug midge is a olive, brown, do you use olive wire?
c.v.

I use olive UTC V-rib (Midge), no wire. Here is a grainy picture I took from my GoPro. Sorry; the GoPros do not take quality macro shots.:redface:

Ofcourse I forgot to mention that I use an offset hook. I think that is imperative to hooking fish on the smaller midges.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/299388_10151322540273319_854985773_n.jpg

cockeye valdez
10-23-2012, 08:38 AM
That bug tied in a different color is called the "scooter midge" on the so.ho. Thanks, I'll tie it and try it this weekend.
c.v.

joetroutman
10-23-2012, 06:11 PM
MadisonBoats,

Tied some of those olive midges last night in a little darker color and used them this morning and wow did they work. Thanks for the great tip

MadisonBoats
10-24-2012, 09:48 AM
MadisonBoats,

Tied some of those olive midges last night in a little darker color and used them this morning and wow did they work. Thanks for the great tip

Great! Try not to get locked in to one pattern as the trout feeding behavior on the Clinch can get dynamic at times.:smile: However; this pattern is a good standby for Fall/Winter fishing. I have been fishing it on a 2' drop below an small indicator.

cockeye valdez
10-24-2012, 11:04 AM
I tied some with 'd' rib not 'v'
'd' is very small, I'm not sure in relationship to 'v' anyway I will sling them this weekend. Punk just inspired me.

Grannyknot
10-24-2012, 12:39 PM
I tied some with 'd' rib not 'v'
'd' is very small, I'm not sure in relationship to 'v' anyway I will sling them this weekend. Punk just inspired me.

CV, I always was under the impression they were one in the same. Some call it D, because that is how it is shaped, some call it V because its made of Vinyl....? Who knows.

I believe they have all sorts of sizes. At least 3 or 4 from my memory.

Small (midge) D rib:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh256/CodyEdrington/Flies/Stoneflies1-2-11001.jpg

Medium D rib:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh256/CodyEdrington/Flies/DSCN4523.jpg

cockeye valdez
10-24-2012, 01:59 PM
thanks Grannyknot, I think you're correct. I tie with the small rib that does not come on spools. I found it in small packs with several feet in each pack.
c.v.

bigsur
10-24-2012, 11:11 PM
Very nice small midge, looks like what you would find on Darth Vaders or a SWAT team's vest, the fish should just surrender and jump in the net! I just got in from the Clinch tonight, jumped in at the Church after I saw they were doing a single late afternoon release. I carry my gear like Batman in the trunk so left work at 5:45, in the river at 6:15 and knew I had about 30 minutes to try some flys I had been wanting to try on a rising current. Talked to one gentleman leaving as I was jumping in and said he hit his limit using BWO's, better than me I just threw some things till I could not see and was backed up to the rocks. No complaints though, summer temps, fall leaves in the background, not a bad way to end a Wednesday night. :biggrin:

MadisonBoats
10-25-2012, 09:25 AM
thanks Grannyknot, I think you're correct. I tie with the small rib that does not come on spools. I found it in small packs with several feet in each pack.
c.v.
CV; a good substitue for v-rib is ordinary fishing line.


To color it; I use permanent markers. However; I usually leave it transparent and use an appropriate thread color.

#8 test fishing line seems to be a nice size for wrapping. I like to use some pliers and crimp/flatten the tie in point so it does not create a bump. Also; it is imperative to keep steady tension on the wrap or it will unravel on you going up the shank.:eek:

Once wrapped; I coat with some cement and it works great. The only negative is that your end-color tends to be 2-3 shades darker than you started with due to the cement penetrating the wraps of the fishing line. With that in mind; I tend to start with brighter colors of thread.


Very nice small midge, looks like what you would find on Darth Vaders or a SWAT team's vest, the fish should just surrender and jump in the net! I just got in from the Clinch tonight, jumped in at the Church after I saw they were doing a single late afternoon release. I carry my gear like Batman in the trunk so left work at 5:45, in the river at 6:15 and knew I had about 30 minutes to try some flys I had been wanting to try on a rising current. Talked to one gentleman leaving as I was jumping in and said he hit his limit using BWO's, better than me I just threw some things till I could not see and was backed up to the rocks. No complaints though, summer temps, fall leaves in the background, not a bad way to end a Wednesday night. :biggrin:

Very nice! That is what being on the river is all about!

silvercreek
10-25-2012, 11:44 AM
Try Stretch Magic in .5mm sold at Hobby Lobby in the area where bracelet stuff is sold. It is round and very stretchy, but only comes in clear.