Re: Clinch River / Small Dam + The key to the Clin
In the afternoons when the water is down, you will find alot of smaller fish working the midge emergences in or just below the surface film. Try swinging small (size 18-22) soft hackles in midge colors like olive, tan, black or gray. You will catch alot of fish in the 4-8" range, but will often be pleasantly surprised with an occasional bruiser of 12" or better. I fish them on 6X tippet.
If you tye flies, these are the most simple of ties only requiring a hook, some thread, and one wrap of starling hackle, or two wraps of a small hen neck feather. Just remeber to build up a little bump of thread for the thorax of the fly before wrapping the hackle. I like to cast across and drift the fly till it gets somewhere about 45* from my position, then I lower my rod tip and swing/slow strip the fly in a typical down and across wet fly presentation with the rod tip in the film. The strikes are often hard and fast so be ready to raise your rod swiftly to make the hook set!