Last chance for the Clich River or Mediocrity through poor management
There are a couple of observations that I find interesting on this whole scenario.
1. Paraphrasing from the Trout management report for this year from TWRA...Of the six "heavily fished tailwaters" in the state,the Clinch is the ONLY tailwaters without any form of regulations....
Solution....maybe those of us that use the Clinch for sport fishing and some of those folks are indeed landowners should hire an attorney to include the Clinch in these special regulation waters, which is by their own statement the most fished, or drop all regs on the other 5 tailwaters so that the Clinch is not singled out....or left out.
2. Mr. Kline (attorney for LUCRO) probably does not do this for free.
Solution...Surely someone at TWRA can see this for what it is. Given the 300-400 dollars per hour charge, every phone call, every trip to Nashville. He only makes money if he is dragging this out, stirring the pot, and issuing statements of the poor starving landowners and users of the Clinch River. Maybe he should point out to the landowners that their property values would more than likely to increase IF the fishing improved to world class.
3... Mr. Kline has not done his homework
Solution....As an attorney he needs to present evidence that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt(sounds like lawyer talk don't it) that slot limits are BAD for trout management.
4....That LUCRO has managed to dictate policy on the Clinch River since the 90's.
While I have come to agree with them over the initial bad decision that was railroaded through by TU members, this horse is dead....WE are not talking about total control of even a section of river where one cannot keep fish.. We are talking about improving a fishery with proven methods.
Solution...IF LUCRO insist on dictating management policy on the Clinch, then I say let TWRA stop stocking the river (TWRA is paid to manage the fisheries), and let LUCRO collect fees and stock the fish for John Q public to remove as they see fit.
5...Keep the rivers in East Tennessee put and take
Solution....IF the fishermen in this area want a put and take river..Let them have the Holston.. Reduce the number of fish stocked in the Clinch, give that to the Holston and let them take them out by the bucket full.. The river warms up too much in the summer, although there are some hold overs. If this is unacceptable to those from Anderson county unwilling to drive to the Holston, then find a pond or for that matter a swimming pool and dump a thousand fish in there every Saturday morning and let the games begin.
6....LUCRO wants no regulations on the river the LANDOWNERS have....
Solution.....Simple. NOT ONE INDIVIDUAL OWNS ONE INCH OF LAND ABOVE THE WEIR. MAKE IT CATCH AND RELEASE OR ONE FISH/WITH A SLOT OR EVEN MORE RADICAL --- DELAYED HARVEST FOR 10 MONTHS OF THE YEAR!
7... If there is no improvement in the fisheries in the next 3-5 years....
Solution....Change it back. God knows we have lived with LUCRO's management of this river since the 90's and it has been proven not to be working for the past 16 years!
I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.
Last edited by Flat Fly n; 09-06-2007 at 07:13 PM..