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    Default Clinch 5/19

    Tons of sulphurs mid-afternoon.
    Rising fish everywhere.
    No big heads comin up.
    Malformed stockers.
    What a waste of bugs.

    4X

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    I meant sat. 5/18.

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    I saw some rise forms that spelled good size fish, but could you approach them....no. Had fun even with the crazy weather. I seemed to do better while it rained, before the main hatch took off. Water temp at 3:00 was right at 50 degrees....my feet knew it.

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    Sporadic hatch at best where I was and very few fish interested in them as well. Things look iffy for a great year on the Clinch based on what I saw in 2 days of floating this past weekend. Fish size is small overall and didn't have the feel of a great Clinch year. Fished the Hiwassee last week and is was the best I've seen it in a long time.
    Last edited by waterwolf; 05-19-2013 at 10:32 PM.

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    I think the fishing was excellent Saturday and tailed off a bit Sunday.

    I landed about 50 Saturday in half-day fishing and caught several fat bows. Did not get anything over 16"; but, there were several meaty fish.

    Of-course; the key fly for me this weekend was the Umpqua split-case.

    Here is a picture of my friend Beto with one of the thick rainbows we were catching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    Sporadic hatch at best where I was and very few fish interested in them as well. Things look iffy for a great year on the Clinch based on what I saw in 2 days of floating this past weekend. Fish size is small overall and didn't have the feel of a great Clinch year. Fished the Hiwassee last week and is was the best I've seen it in a long time.
    I would classify my hatch as "Big".
    I was fishing very, very, low on the river.
    I had a super early spring down there but those trout seemed to have gone somewhere.

    I went about a 1/2 mile upstream and didn't see as many bugs.
    So, I reckon the full blown hatches are just starting and will move upriver soon.
    The river, too me, looked awesome! Large patches of grass and a nice clean bottom.
    I could give a rat's behind about catching these stupid,crappy,snaky,colorless,worthless,benign,par asitic,lily-livered stockers though!
    Stock em at 4"!

    4X

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourx View Post
    I would classify my hatch as "Big".
    I was fishing very, very, low on the river.
    I had a super early spring down there but those trout seemed to have gone somewhere.

    I went about a 1/2 mile upstream and didn't see as many bugs.
    So, I reckon the full blown hatches are just starting and will move upriver soon.
    The river, too me, looked awesome! Large patches of grass and a nice clean bottom.
    I could give a rat's behind about catching these stupid,crappy,snaky,colorless,worthless,benign,par asitic,lily-livered stockers though!
    Stock em at 4"!

    4X
    Glad you had a nice day, and I wasn't doubting your report just stating how it was for me. Hope you also enjoy the crowds who are undoubtedly aware now because of your report. Time for me to vanish to lesser spoken of places. I can't handle swarms of people anymore, it was nice this weekend with relatively few on the river.

    Hope things continue to go well!

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    Red face

    I understand everyone who has the opposite view from me, and you all make valid points as well.

    **** I was in the business of sharing info for almost 10 years while working in the Creel and add on another 6 while I was guiding here in east tn. I know for certain I was largely responsible for dramatically increasing crowds on all of the areas rivers. Especially the Cumberland and Holston. Back in the day there was no one and I mean zero people from east tn fishing the Cumberland until Scott Rogers went up and discovered how amazing it was, naturally he informed me and others who were close and we started the snowball rolling. Same with the Holston I think Mike Bone and I were the first to float from Indian Cave to Nances in a drift boat and not a week later we were both guiding on that stretch.

    As I have matured I enjoy peace and being places where I or the folks with me are the only ones around. The details of my days afield I generally only share with a handful of close friends or anyone obviously is with me.

    I'm happy to help with any body who has questions about the river or how something is fishing, but I am not going to broadcast every trip report or every hot fishing I encounter. Just not my thing anymore, and in some ways I feel it is boastful, which should fit me perfectly since my ego can be rather large on occasion

    So I get the other sides view and maybe my current views stem from having seen the negative aspects of spreading stories

    Both the above mentioned are well known now of course, with the Cumberland virtually dead sadly.

    And on the age of fly fisherman, if anyone thinks this sport is aging out they need to drive around campus, pick up a magazine, watch tv shows, surf the Internet, or just go to the river and see that there are more young folks doing this than ever before.

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    As a 26 year old, I would put myself in the "younger" crowd. However, I have a great job and have both a Bachelors and Masters degree. As I recently posted on the Introduction forum, I am very new to the clinch and do not know a soul here to ask about river conditions except maybe the guys at 3RA. I check the forum multiple times a day and mostly, it is slow around here with information coming in on how the water is fishing. However, a simple google search or walking in to most outfitters or Bass Pro Shops, you can find a fishing report of some sort. It may not have the detail you could get here but you can get an idea.

    I say that to say, this is the world as we know it today. Technology is playing a huge part in what we do and learn. I deer hunt, duck hunt, fly fish, and bass fish and I am a member of forums that is devoted to each of those. Some message boards have a specific forum for reports that is locked to only members and I'm sure some of you know, it is hard as heck to become a member of this board. I had to call LRO twice and finally got them to send me a PW. (That could be a solution.)

    It would be nice every time I hit the woods or water, I was the only person out there with maybe a few other respectable people. This is my escape from the mainstream. However, the things that you older guys can teach and influence through your posts can really make an impact on how my generation carries themselves on the river. I am not telling you something you do not already know, but fly fishing is a league of its on. There will always be those assholes that have zero etiquette and respect for others.

    Sorry, just my two cents.

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    Well there you go... a respectful youngster. Tyler if you ever want to fish with one of the OLD GUYS who has forgotten more than he remembers give me a call. 865-255-4840

    Besides I getting a bit feeble and need to have someone tell my family were I happily drown... that they might return with my ashes in lieu of a waste can.

    You all need to enlighten up, smile at the guy who crowds you on the river and find joy that your not at home watching the Golf Channel.

    You don't mind someone sitting next to you at Church do you?

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