I fished the Clinch above the jail twice this week, and both outings were not what I was expecting.. I fished on Wed 9-8 from around 9 am till 3 pm or so. It drizzled rain and was overcast, which I though would be great...however, I was totaly wrong! Due to the lack of sun, and the semi warm rain, the fog was worse than usual and did not burn off untill after noon, I think. I have found this summer that most of my fish are coming on very long casts using midge larva immitations under a small dry. That presentation was impossible due to the thick fog. I was reduced to using an indicator and the same midge larva patterns without the same results. Ive seen discusions lately on here about possible indicator shy fish, and I believe in the heavily fished areas they totaly are. I did manage a few fish, one being about 16 inches, however that fish came after the fog burned off and I was able to use my dry dropper rig.
i also fished today (9-10) in the same area, and although I did much better, it was still lacking... I landed half a dozen fish or so and only fished until noon. I had a couple decent fish on that I did not land, and of course some missed strikes, as can be expected on long casts. Have any of you guys found that the Clinch seems to be a bit off for the last few days? Is it due to the fact that TVA is running alot of water, and the fish feed heavy during the increased flow? Im not sure...maybe moon phase... All I knnow is that every one I talked to today caught less than 3 fish...thats a tuff day