Here it is! The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Day on the Clinch. The good part was that I got out of the house and it was better than spending several hours mowing my yard in the sweltering heat on Saturday.
I arrived at the Jail a little after 10 o'clock this morning. The area was pretty well stocked with anglers, upstream and dowstream. I managed a couple good strikes early on using a small black copper john, but managed to pull the hook out of their mouths. I am so used to ripping on those wild fish in the mountains Broke off another decent fish shortly after hooking up, guess I had a weak place in my tippet. In around 5 hrs. of fishing in the heat I managed to catch two 9" stocker brookies. There was a sparse and sporadic sulfur hatch as the day progressed and some fish were feeding on top, but I didn't have any success on a dry. Looks like it's midge time on the Clinch. I managed to catch one of the brookies on a small yellow-bodied wet fly, but that was it for the day. Finally called it quits around 2 o'clock, and by that time most of the anglers were home sipping a cold one and watching the race
It was good to get out of the house anyway, and I am excited about the long holiday weekend coming up and some cooler temperatures.
BTW Hans you have officially been fired as my Clinch River guide. That should make you happy since I haven't been paying you anyhow