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MaryvilleJim 08-03-2006 01:03 PM

First Time on Clinch this Saturday
I'm abandoning the Park nad heading to the Clinch with another novice this Saturday. He has floated/drifted it many times but neither of us has fly fished it. ANY tips are greatly appreciated beginning with where we access it, etc.

Thanks, Jim in Maryville.

Griff 08-03-2006 04:04 PM

Re: First Time on Clinch this Saturday
For your first time I would suggest going to the weir dam and fishing below it. *I would use zebra midges (18 - 20) as droppers below parachute adams or some kind of sulfer pattern dry flys. *You might also try bead head pheasant tails and copper johns. *I would suggest 5X or even 6X tippets. Fish the ripples. Pay attention to the TVA generation schedules because it's not wadable if they are running water. *Be prepared for what I call "The Band of Bubbas" chunking worms. *Good luck.

justfishing 08-03-2006 05:36 PM

Re: First Time on Clinch this Saturday
Hey MJ,

I got some pretty good advice on the Clinch on my 'Late August Fishing" thread. Check it out. Make sure to give us a report when you get back. Good luck.

Kingstonian 08-03-2006 09:10 PM

Re: First Time on Clinch this Saturday
Jim, TVA has been generating hard for several days. *Looks like they are taking a break after midnight tonight, and picking back up at 8 AM tomorrow morning. *Chances of getting much fishing in Saturday may be pretty small. *Be sure to check TVAs website tomorrow afternoon. *If the water is coming on early after being off for a few hours, you probably should try to fish down behind the jail. *At least there you should be able to fish until 3-4 hours after the water comes on. *Still need to keep an eye out and have an escape route, because three generators is a lot of water.

When the water was down, I did best near the weir dam on small (#16) dry flies in light colors. *Midges work also size 20 and smaller.

Some of those "bubbas" are good guys who bought licenses as well. *I've found that 95% of them are polite and respect your space. *We need to do the same for them. *

Be careful and I hope TVA cooperates with you.

Waterborn 08-04-2006 09:42 AM

Re: First Time on Clinch this Saturday
The good ol' clinch river combo is a good place to start - small pheasant tail with a smaller midge dropper...if your there early in the a.m or hitting lowering water a throw a scud into the combo...and don't for get some black fly patterns nymph or dry...

MaryvilleJim 08-07-2006 06:34 AM

Re: First Time on Clinch this Saturday
First, thanks to all who provided advice. Second, they were generating EARLY and our window was shut. My fishing partner, a lifelong Knoxville resident, has always said that he is blessed by a complete lack of ambition. This being the case, we arrived at the weir dam at 9 am after I reached his house at 6:30. Too late of course. We then changed tactics and went to his cabin on Douglas Lake and snatched Bream and Crappie on Parachute Adams for a few hours. Anyway, better luck next time solo until the weather cools and he can rise when the trout are rising...........

bigjim 08-07-2006 02:05 PM

Re: First Time on Clinch this Saturday
Jim, if your buddy won't get up early try fishing behind the Anderson County Jail off Route 61 in Clinton. Water starts to receed there about 5-8 hours after they turn the generators off and will come up about 5-6 hours after TVA turns the generators on. I fished there on Sunday from 9:30AM till 12:30PM and caught some fish on BHPT and Olive Zebras. Good Luck!!

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