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Lynnsabcs
08-27-2013, 05:29 PM
Going early in the morning tomorrow to the Sinks below Metcalf Bottoms. Do I cross the bridge at the lower end of the picnic area, turn left and follow the road that I hope is beside the Little River and look for a turn off place or is there a betterway to get there?

Thanks for the help!

Lynn

Float On
08-27-2013, 06:31 PM
You can't miss "The Sinks". Info sign and a parking area at it. Be really careful around that pool. Its really deep and has a nasty current. Not mention is steep on both sides of it.

Not sure if I'm understanding your post right. To get to there you would need to drive back toward Townsend/Cade's Cove from Metcalf. Not sure exactly how far it is but it will be on your left. Can't miss it.

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/p760/floaton3wt/IMAG0115_zpsdb7c6115.jpg (http://s1349.photobucket.com/user/floaton3wt/media/IMAG0115_zpsdb7c6115.jpg.html)

This is a picture I took of "The Sinks" standing above the falls at the parking area.

Not much room to fish the big pool from the sides but you might be able to get below it and fish back up.

Lynnsabcs
08-27-2013, 06:37 PM
Thanks Float on. I guess I meant to fish below the sinks and was hoping there were pulloffs for it. If there are people tubing or swimming in spite of the early temps will probably go above Metcalf picnic area.

Hope to post some pics with my new waterproof cover for my Iphone.

Float On
08-27-2013, 06:55 PM
I haven't fished at all below the sinks. I'm sure there are some good pull offs all the way down. If your lucky the yakers and tubers will be taking a break from the area due to the water levels.

Finding a good stretch might be difficult. Seems a lot of this part of the river has bigger plunges than the upper part. Probably why the kayak guys like it so much.

duckypaddler
08-27-2013, 08:51 PM
I wouldn't bother below the Sinks unless you are after bass. The stream gradient really picks up in the 3.5 miles below the sinks before again being pretty tame for the last 2.4 miles down to the Wye. If you are after trout I would fish anywhere above Metcalf Bottoms (Big Flat area with Picnic area) all the way to above Elkmont. And yes there are plenty of pull-offs:smile:

ChemEAngler
08-27-2013, 09:21 PM
I second what Ducky recommends.

Brownie
08-28-2013, 02:47 PM
I second what Ducky recommends.

So are the stories I have heard about Browns around the Sinks not true?

ChemEAngler
08-28-2013, 06:15 PM
So are the stories I have heard about Browns around the Sinks not true?

It is not a matter of the presence of large browns, but the presence of large populations of willing trout that 95% of the tourists target. Very few venture more than 1 mile off the roads in search of fish, and even fewer spend the effort targeting the large browns like you did recently. So my recommendation was based on the fact that I want to give a visiting angler the best opportunity to catch trout.

I have attempted to find large browns up and down LR, and have spotted them numerous times. However, I have not yet been deserving enough of such a prize.

Lynnsabcs
08-28-2013, 08:08 PM
My fishing day changed to half a day so I hit the Clinch at sunrise and got plenty of casting practice until lunch. Tried everything--lots of dry flies, wet and dry sinker and a wet fly in lots of combinations. Not even a nibble.

My wife is surprised Im not ready to give up.


Lynn

MadisonBoats
08-29-2013, 06:22 AM
My fishing day changed to half a day so I hit the Clinch at sunrise and got plenty of casting practice until lunch. Tried everything--lots of dry flies, wet and dry sinker and a wet fly in lots of combinations. Not even a nibble.

My wife is surprised Im not ready to give up.


Lynn

Lynn,
Try midges on a 18"-36" drop. Olive, natural, and zebra work very well. Slow and long drifts with extended tail-outs are the best presentation for me right now...:smile:

Brownie
08-29-2013, 10:00 AM
It is not a matter of the presence of large browns, but the presence of large populations of willing trout that 95% of the tourists target. Very few venture more than 1 mile off the roads in search of fish, and even fewer spend the effort targeting the large browns like you did recently. So my recommendation was based on the fact that I want to give a visiting angler the best opportunity to catch trout.

I have attempted to find large browns up and down LR, and have spotted them numerous times. However, I have not yet been deserving enough of such a prize.

Thanks Travis, I understand where you are coming from with your post.

Lynnsabcs
08-29-2013, 12:51 PM
Thanks Shawn. I tried some of that good advice, but had my sinker draging and kept shortning it but not short enough. Will try the rest of the flys next trip.

Always appreciate the help you post! Maybe meet up some day on the river and you could give me a rowing lesson and I could learn watching you catch trout.

Lynn