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    Default Clinch Report May 9th

    On the way to my parents this afternoon for an early mother's day dinner, the wife allowed me to stop by the river for a while. I was greeted by a thick sulfur hatch, even heavier than what I witnessed last week on the SoHo. Fish were rising everywhere, so I chose to go with my sulfur wulff and drop a size 16 flashback pheasant tail off it. It was the ticket. In about 90 minutes I brought 13 fish to hand, 2 brookies and the rest bows. The brookies were the smallest, both at around 9 inches, and the bows were all between 13 and 16 inches. I also had one break me off, and long distance released 5 others. As I was leaving the hatch appeared to be slowing down, I guess I just had good timing today. What a day......

    Travis

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    Ha, I may have been one of the strugglers. What time were you on the water? You catch most fish on the wulff or the pheasant tail? Glad it was a good one for ya

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    There was no hatch while I was there and the carp were spawning all over the place, must have turned around after 2ish when I left, as per typicall. Glad you had a good day and hit the hatch, there were a lot of us who missed it and the trout!

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    Default Fantastic Pheasant Tail.....

    All of my fish came on the FBPT, and they crushed it hard. I was fishing it somewhat as an emerger, only dropping it about 10" below the wulff, and adding a touch of Frog's Fanny to the wing case. This creates small bubbles around the wing case to mimic a wing case splitting open.....

    Just from what I saw yesterday and some other reports I have heard, it appears that the slot limit is showing positive results even this early in the program.

    Travis

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    Default Another thing....

    There were 3 other guys fishing near me, and they were not having much luck. I could not tell, but it appeared that they were targeting the rising fish and not using a dropper. They would move closer to try and fish the same run I was on, so I would reel in and move locations to find the same results.

    One thing I have really worked on this year is my technique. I have spent quite a few days on the water and worked primarily on my mending, and my results have easily tripled. On waters like the Clinch and South Holston I usually fish down or across to my target. Trying to cast up on these fish will usually put some of the larger ones down, in my experience.

    Also, I use exclusively 12' leaders with 6x fluorocarbon or 7x mono tippets. Doing all these things has really increased my fishing success this year.

    Travis

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    Sounds like we were there at different times, when I was there there was probably four guys on the whole stretch and we were rather spread out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sequatchie View Post
    Sounds like we were there at different times, when I was there there was probably four guys on the whole stretch and we were rather spread out.
    Sequatchie,
    I don't know who was there or if we were even at the same place, but I did not take offense to whoever it was that was doing it. It was a large run, and I could not cover it all from my location. And I am not one to stay in one place and catch every fish out of it. So, I had no problem moving downstream, especially since there was so much open water and rising fish.

    It really irritates me when I am at the weir dam and have people move in upstream and downstream of me to fish the same run, and there are so many people there that open water is hard to find.

    Travis

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChemEAngler View Post
    Sequatchie,
    I don't know who was there or if we were even at the same place, but I did not take offense to whoever it was that was doing it. It was a large run, and I could not cover it all from my location. And I am not one to stay in one place and catch every fish out of it. So, I had no problem moving downstream, especially since there was so much open water and rising fish.

    It really irritates me when I am at the weir dam and have people move in upstream and downstream of me to fish the same run, and there are so many people there that open water is hard to find.

    Travis
    good deal, thanks for the report, tight lines!

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    Default Clinch Sat May-10th.

    I showed up at the church Saturday morning around 9:AM. Fished the run right in front of the church most of the morning. I started out with a #16 sulfer with #18 BHHE Dropper about 24" down. Had a few soft takes, netted and released 1 small bow. Around 11:00 the sulfer hatch started. I changed my dropper to #16 Tung. BHPT. The first drift immediately rendered a 14" Bow. On the next drift the BHPT was hit hard and I netted a 16" Bow, this one was a fatty. My nephew graduated from the Knoxville Police Academy the night before and there was a celebration I had to attend at noon and had to leave just as the hatch was getting started. I returned to the run that evening around 7:00 PM just before the flow started up. I was still rigged with the Tung. BHPT dropper. The fish seemed to be feeding on the surface so I was expecting a take on the sulfer. On the third cast the sulfer disappeared with a pop. 15 minutes later I was staring in my net at a 17" hog. I've caught a few 17" Rainbows on the Clinch, but this was by far the heaviest. Not many fish for me this weekend, but I couldn't of asked for a better ending.

    Thanks for the tip A.P. Angler.
    Rob
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    Thank God for mountains to climb, forests to hunt and streams to fish.

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    Default Another day on the clinch Monday May 12th

    Made it out again today, and took a co-worker fishing buddy with me. Got to the river around 5:00 and saw a decent little sulfur hatch. Caught good numbers in the first 2 hours including a nice 17" bow that took me almost to my backing. I was using 7x tippet, so I was having to let it run a little . However, once 7:00 hit the spinner fall started and my catching stopped. I had nothing to answer with. The trout became really selective, so I guess I need to develop a spinner pattern. I have never fished a spinner fall before, so this was a first for me. One thing I noticed is that the spinners are much more of a reddish color than the duns. I have some pics on my blog, didn't want to take the time to add them to photobucket, sorry. My fishing buddy did quite well also, but we were both battling the breezy conditions and the slack blown in our lines made it difficult to maintain a reasonable hookup ratio. It was a beautiful day nonetheless, got to spend time outdoors enjoying God's creation. And we got to catch some fish for a bonus.....

    God Bless and Tight Lines.

    Travis

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