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Thread: Clinch Report: Nov. 20, 2011

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    Clinch Report from last Thursday.
    Air Temp: 60 Deg.
    Water Temp: 58 Deg.
    Water Quality: 30% stained (light green)
    Hatch:
    -Early [very slow and limited]
    -Evening [Very heavy adult midges]

    Action:
    The trout are active; but, their feeding habits seem to be a little slower than normal. I found that I had to adjust my presentation rate down to slight twitches with anything other than midges. Also; big-heavy midges on longer drops will help you get down to the fish holding in the feeding lies.
    The fishing has been pretty good. Most of the fish I have been catching are fairly average in size and I have not hooked anything above 13-15" in a couple of weeks. However; I think you could do well with some streamers or larger flies.

    Be care wading; most of the substrate rock has been covered with a new layer of mud and it will take a few dry out days/generation cycles to clear them up.
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    i went up to the clinch for a few hours friday afternoon and a hatch was on. around 430/5 pm i stopped at peach orchard and it was like watching an upside down snowstorm. i have never seen anything like it. i had no clue what they were, and had nothing that small to offer. is it likely these were those midges also?

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    Without a doubt. unless it was scuds practicing for the Nutcracker and the trout were all over them!
    I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.

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    cool. i didn't know if midges come off in numbers like that. still learning here, one day i'll be useful enough to help one of y'all out. i would pay to see the scud nutcracker ballet being eaten by trout. i do like some tchaikovsky now and then

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77punk View Post
    cool. i didn't know if midges come off in numbers like that. still learning here, one day i'll be useful enough to help one of y'all out. i would pay to see the scud nutcracker ballet being eaten by trout. i do like some tchaikovsky now and then
    I love listening to some of the classics on headphones while fly fishing. Just be extra self-aware.

    There are plenty of different midge hatches in the winter. You can throw dry or emergent midge patterns if you are working a hatch and a rise. The main colors I use are black, tan, burnt orange, and olive drab.

    As for scuds dancing; seems like most of them were doing that in Sept/Aug. A good active scud pattern is the 'Trout Crack' version. Search the NET; for the recipe. It is an easy tie.
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    If you're really really bored this winter and it's really cold out and you're wishing for those dry fly hatchesof the spring. Wait for a cloudless day and bright sun to be out on low water for about 3-4 hours and go fish a midge rise!
    I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Fly n View Post
    If you're really really bored this winter and it's really cold out and you're wishing for those dry fly hatchesof the spring. Wait for a cloudless day and bright sun to be out on low water for about 3-4 hours and go fish a midge rise!
    Phil,
    I usually take any chance I can get to watch a hatch. My biggest problem during those swarms is not swallow any midges. Not to mention when the gnats get fired up and try to land in my ears, nose, and mouth.
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    Great report Shawn. I am just now getting my account fixed so I can post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutmanbrook View Post
    Great report Shawn. I am just now getting my account fixed so I can post.
    Man, I have been looking for you on here. You have a great passion for our sport and I have seen you progress immensely this year. Also; you are a great ambassador this sport and someone that I enjoy fishing with...

    Ok, you know were to send the check to...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadisonBoats View Post
    Man, I have been looking for you on here. You have a great passion for our sport and I have seen you progress immensely this year. Also; you are a great ambassador this sport and someone that I enjoy fishing with...

    Ok, you know were to send the check to...
    Thanks for the compliments! I can honestly say, without knowing great anglers like yourself, It would have taken me much longer to get to where I am today. Thank you for sharing your trade secrets, and always being willing to drop everything you are doing, to lend a hand to a struggling greenhorn.

    Dude, the check has been in the mail for like a week now, should arrive tomorrow.

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