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MadisonBoats
04-05-2013, 07:03 AM
If anyone is interested in seeing some of the latest insect pictures coming off the Clinch River; check out my FB-Clinch River Page. I try and update it weekly.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clinch-River-TN/276951242403454?ref=stream

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Update: 06/18/13

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Streamhound
04-05-2013, 10:56 AM
thanks for the info. It is really appreciated. Glad you let us know.

Corbo
04-05-2013, 08:50 PM
Shawn;

Is the second bug a caddis pupa?

If so; did you squeeze it out of a case or was that how you captured it?

Danny B. Ties a really awesome caddis pupa that I saw on his FB; actually scary good but I don't know his recipe... it looks like the second bug you show above.

MadisonBoats
04-06-2013, 08:12 AM
Shawn;

Is the second bug a caddis pupa?

If so; did you squeeze it out of a case or was that how you captured it?

Danny B. Ties a really awesome caddis pupa that I saw on his FB; actually scary good but I don't know his recipe... it looks like the second bug you show above.

Richard,
I actually found this one free-flowing in the water.

I thought caddis but actually think it might be a small crane fly larva or some type of beetle larva...(?) If anyone has any suggestions; please post them.:smile:

Stonefly
04-08-2013, 04:17 PM
Does look to me like a crane fly. Caddis should have long legs showing I think. Would be a very small crane fly - I've seen them the size of my pinkie.

steve

Stonefly
04-08-2013, 04:59 PM
And incidentally, a Sawyers Killer Bug is a perfect imitation.

steve

Corbo
04-09-2013, 06:01 AM
Shawn;

Actually tied some flies to match the mystery nymph...

Fished Nance's yesterday afternoon (no hatch, no risers) and found that my "new flashies" in red krystal flash work pretty well. Blue also worked

I had most luck with OPAL TINSEL abdomen, lemon WD tail, OPAL tinsel wing case and Ice dub thorax in peacock with gold bead....

Going to tie up a bunch of parachute mayflies with OPAL abdomin and dubbed thorax... I'm lovin OPAL tinsel and hope you all give it a go... or don't. LOL

Also gonna tie & try some CDC emergers with OPAL abdomin and just a whisper of zelon or SLF shuck. Did very well last April/May with TAN dub & CDC "emergers" size 14 on Holston; wonder what will happen with OPAL.

Lastly need to tie some Craig Matthew's ZELON MIDGES as I'm out of them; they are easy enough to tie but I have trouble with the wings with my battered up fingers

waterwolf
04-09-2013, 06:52 AM
That is a caddis larvae, that one will someday turn into the little Black caddis we see later in the summer. I don't know why it was free floating, other than maybe it wanted to go for a ride :biggrin:

MadisonBoats
04-10-2013, 06:51 AM
That is a caddis larvae, that one will someday turn into the little Black caddis we see later in the summer. I don't know why it was free floating, other than maybe it wanted to go for a ride :biggrin:

Thanks Jim for the input! I really was not sure about that one.

I am finding a good selection and variety of bugs on the river this year.

I hope that is a positive indication of how it will fish.

Corbo
04-10-2013, 10:29 PM
I tied up a few nymphs to match Shawn's mystery Caddis and fished them on the Holston today; landed several fish and broke off two.... one got a good size chunk of my leader and now has about 30 inches of leader with an indicator trailing behind. Also got fish with my "sulphur" nymph that has Lemon WD tail and squirrel/antron dub, PT wingcase and Lemon WD legs.

Bad luck today with ORVIS MIRAGE once again.... I do get more hook-ups but also get a higher percentage of popped tippet.... there seems to be no good knot for attaching flouro carbon to nylon, even the "orvis knot" sucks. Starting to wonder about using furled leaders with a loop to loop connection to flouro tippets and a bimini....



Saw the most enormous brown trout swipe my indicator on two occasions today; switched to a dry and floated over the area a dozen times to no avail... then threw streamers through the area with no takers.... usually catch fish on streamers there but so far this year no takers on the meaty stuff.

There were no rising fish at all but did see a handfull of caddis about 6PM with a few midges.

maybe a sneak over to the Clinch tomorrow morning.

Some dry fly action would be pleasant.

waterwolf
04-10-2013, 10:40 PM
Corbo, IMO it's not the inability to tie flouro to mono that's causing you issues. It's the mirage, unless something dramatic has changed that stuff was awful. Try the Umpqua Super Flouro or the Frog Hair Flouro. Both are much better in my opinion. Also, tying a yarn indicator into flouro will cause a major weak spot, it seems flouro cuts into itself and the knot used for yarn won't generally hold in flouro.

MadisonBoats
04-11-2013, 06:33 AM
Corbo, IMO it's not the inability to tie flouro to mono that's causing you issues. It's the mirage, unless something dramatic has changed that stuff was awful. Try the Umpqua Super Flouro or the Frog Hair Flouro. Both are much better in my opinion. Also, tying a yarn indicator into flouro will cause a major weak spot, it seems flouro cuts into itself and the knot used for yarn won't generally hold in flouro.

Richard,
I agree with Jim's tips. I have experienced similar trouble with the Orvis Mirage Tippet. It seems to be worse in winter or colder air temperatures. Also; it feel it has a short-shelf life and you must buy fresh product to keep from having issues.

I have been using the Frog Hair Flouro 5x for most of my joys! It holds extremely well and thwarts memory or curling better than most brands.

Also; I stopped using the drop knot with wool indicator after losing some very nice fish. It broke at the indicator every time.

Hope to see you on the water soon!

silvercreek
04-11-2013, 09:43 AM
In case you have not seen it here is a link to an article in Flyfisherman where they tested a variety of tippet materials and knots
http://www.flyfisherman.com/2012/05/07/2012-tippet-shootout/?pid=418#image

fourx
04-11-2013, 01:01 PM
Great article Silvercreek!
I live and die by Seaguar and have landed many trout up to 24" on the stuff (6X).

4X

Wilson10
04-11-2013, 02:01 PM
In case you have not seen it here is a link to an article in Flyfisherman where they tested a variety of tippet materials and knots
http://www.flyfisherman.com/2012/05/07/2012-tippet-shootout/?pid=418#image


After this article came out I was curious about the trout hunter tippet. I've been using it ever since and mostly fish their 5.5x tippet. It is great stuff. Very strong and their spools are well designed. Zero complaints

I've stayed clear of Orvis tippet for a couple years now. I broke off many fish with multiple spools of their flouro. Those 12 inch stockers put up too much of a fight for Orvis 6x :)

Rockyraccoon
04-11-2013, 02:49 PM
It's important how you store your fluorocarbon. I've never had a problem with most brands. I always thought Climax was too stiff, but didn't really have problems with it otherwise. I usually use Rio Fluoro and have had great success with it.

I tie six turn blood knots and wet them well before cinching. Then I'lleave and 1/8 tag. No problems with knot slippage when working within 2 tippet sizes. When using heavier line, I will leave longer tags and flash melt them with a lighter. This creates a bulb on the tag that will not slip through the knot.

MadisonBoats
04-12-2013, 06:51 AM
It's important how you store your fluorocarbon. I've never had a problem with most brands. I always thought Climax was too stiff, but didn't really have problems with it otherwise. I usually use Rio Fluoro and have had great success with it.

I tie six turn blood knots and wet them well before cinching. Then I'lleave and 1/8 tag. No problems with knot slippage when working within 2 tippet sizes. When using heavier line, I will leave longer tags and flash melt them with a lighter. This creates a bulb on the tag that will not slip through the knot.

Great tips and information. Thanks for sharing and helping others Rocky...

I have pretty much used Climax Leaders for the past 3-4 years and love them. I use the Climax tippet for wet fly action and soft hackles.

Also; agree about the storage of line and material. A day in a hot car and dry out your line and leach it of its core moisture.

MadisonBoats
06-18-2013, 06:48 AM
Updated with new pictures for those interested...

Note: Found my first big-Hex this year...

Also; I have been surprised to find so many caddis on the Clinch...