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01-29-2007, 09:19 AM
Good day to all,

I am going to try to add some pics from my trip to the clinch. Please let me know if you can see them.




01-29-2007, 09:33 AM
No pictures but would love to see them. I fished both days this week-end and did well. All about 10"-12" but alot of fish.


01-29-2007, 09:48 AM
Nice pictures. I think you are missing a [ at the beginning of the string. What size zebra midge was that you were using?

01-29-2007, 09:58 AM
try again




I think the size of the midge was a 18. It was the first time I used a strike indactor.

01-29-2007, 10:00 AM
I got there around 3pm and it was crowded as you can tell from the first pic. When I left at 5:45 I was the last car in the lot.

What kind of bugs are the fish eating of the top? The activity on top was crazy. I tried a BWO, Sulpher And a Stimulator but no luck.

tn hound
01-29-2007, 11:19 AM
probably midges
maybe blackfly

Flat Fly n
01-29-2007, 12:29 PM
They were taking a midge pupae. They hit very few adult midges. Ever notice fish leaving the water? They are following the pupae as it swims in a rush to the surface, similiar to caddis, and completely opposite of mayflies.

I am still trying to cough up one of those midges I inhaled!

Flat Fly'n

01-29-2007, 12:38 PM
What type of dry flie should I use?


01-29-2007, 08:01 PM
If you see black flies buzzn' around, a small #22 grey elk hair caddis on a 501 hook or a #22/24 griffith gnat can work... your zebras need to be small as well... tiny parachutes with an orange post in a black or olive if you see midge out and about...if the fish were in the film, you can uses some midge emerger patterns or grease up your leader so that your midge pupaes will ride up higher...

01-29-2007, 08:16 PM
That my friend was a high quality response...

01-29-2007, 08:40 PM
IF the fish are taking bugs off or near the surface, pull out the smallest soft hackle you have. Usually needs to be no larger than an 18, most likely smaller in the the 22 -24 size. For the most part you can just go with black or olive colors, if they won't eat them....then try to match colors more closely.

Drop down on your tippet, and when I say down I mean smaller.

Cast downstream and across the current, past the fish your targeting.

Begin stripping your fly back in with short one inch strips. This is where you actually start presenting the fly.

Adjust your strip speed to match the taste of the fish your fishing to.

The strikes will be quick and hard, so keep your rod tip low to the water and minimize any slack in your line (shouldn't be a problem if your stripping steady).

Naturally if the fish are eating off the surface, an adult dry pattern might work better....but this method works almost 99.9% of the time for those picky sippers. ;)

David Knapp
01-29-2007, 09:28 PM
That is some great information there...I believe I know a good flat or two on the Hiwassee where I saw some (more like 50) fish sipping like that this past weekend. I'm going to tie up some tiny softhackles and use this method ASAP!!! I have had a great time fishing softhackles in the larger sizes but normally don't tie 'em that small...

01-29-2007, 09:51 PM
Great tip from a master tyer on doin' up the small softies. http://www.southeastflyfishingforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5541

Flat, that sounds like a perfect description of a blackfly. Those little guys emerge with a vengeance. Try the emerger behind a very small streamer or do a Leisenring lift type action.

01-30-2007, 09:16 AM
Thanks for the great info guys.


02-06-2007, 03:25 PM
Is that the top of Miller's looking down the left side? Were you fishing the flat water above Millers?

02-09-2007, 09:12 AM

That is the top looking to the left side down river. I started on the right side of the island just below the first riffle. There was a guy in the run next to the island that was catching alot of fish using a strike indactor so I put one on and it worked. Below him was a guy using worms. Were you there that day?