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    Nov 2008
    Norris, TN

    Post Clinch River Report: [June] Wrap-Up

    The Clinch has been fishing well for most of June. I am still seeing a few adult sulphurs hatch sporadically. Also; there have been some great small-black caddis hatches on the upper end of the river on cold mornings.

    Water temps are consistent:
    (My favorite temp. zone for fishing breaking out of their feeding lies is 55-60)
    48-49 Deg. Upper Tailwater - until the fog burns off.
    55 Mid-Tailwater
    *Not sure about the lower end.

    I have produced consistently on:

    • #18 black thread/copper wire midges with 3/32 gold tungsten beads
    • #16 Chimarra Caddis Larva [Simple Larva] (Honey Colored Body+Clear Rib Body, Auburn Head). Very similar to this pattern-
    • Just about any #14-16 wet fly
    • Of-course, streamers are fabulous during pulses and water movement.

    *Some points to remember.

    • Small/Simple knots are key during slack-water presentation of small flies. I like to tie up several flies with tippet and put them in a leader wallet. Saves on time and helps by tying the knots at home.
    • Fluorocarbon Tippet earns its keep this time of year.
    • Limit false casts and extend your drifts. Also; slow drag your retrieve before recasting.
    • I have been fishing most of the time without indicators and using tight-lining to control the presentation. Also; I add a few slight bumps of the line (1-2") slight tugs to illustrate the midge swimming and to entice strikes.
    • If you are fishing shallow water ~1-2'; squat down in the water and present closer. It will open the fish up and keep them from getting edgy. You will notice a difference if you give this a solid try...

    Hope this helps some of you have a more enjoyable experience on the water...
    Last edited by MadisonBoats; 06-29-2012 at 06:25 AM. Reason: added bead detail
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