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    Default Floating the Clinch

    Hey guys, relatively new to the board. Ive been wading the Clinch for some time now, but am wanting to start floating it some (in the process of getting a Coosa). I was wondering what generation is best to float on (ive heard 1) and also how much time a trip takes from Miller's island to the jail takeout. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Floating is great on zero to 1 generator for most fly fishing.

    2 generators if you are throwing big streamers and targeting some big boys. Although, I have the lowest catch rate.

    If you have a kayak or canoe; zero is very doable to float the river. However; you probably should wait and do it on one generator to get a good feel of the run. Plus; it can be a long drift with no push.

    It will take you about 5-6 hours to go from Millers to the jail on one if you are fishing and not just paddling. I would not suggest that drift on zero generators as it will be extremely taxing on your body and it could be a long day if you are trying to fish certain sections. You will find that you have to start passing good areas up to maintain a decent pace to get home before dark.


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    Great info! i appreciate it and will hopefully be putting it to use soon. I'm excited to see some new parts of the river.

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    I'm curious about something. I've got a kayak that I bought to fish out of (Ocean Kayak Prowler 13T). I've mainly used it to fish conventional rods. I have 2 major problems, the first is with a fly rod. I can cast decently from the kayak but the motion of the cast causes the kayak to turn in directions i usually don't want to turn in. The other problem I have is keeping it from turning when just at a dead drift. I've been looking at picking up a drift chute for it. Anyone have any experience with the drift chutes or maybe another way to fix that kind of issue?

    Getting the kayak back in my fish experience would open a lot of doors for new areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Float On View Post
    I'm curious about something. I've got a kayak that I bought to fish out of (Ocean Kayak Prowler 13T). I've mainly used it to fish conventional rods. I have 2 major problems, the first is with a fly rod. I can cast decently from the kayak but the motion of the cast causes the kayak to turn in directions i usually don't want to turn in. The other problem I have is keeping it from turning when just at a dead drift. I've been looking at picking up a drift chute for it. Anyone have any experience with the drift chutes or maybe another way to fix that kind of issue?

    Getting the kayak back in my fish experience would open a lot of doors for new areas.
    my paddle lays across my legs at all times and i keep a spare in the yak in case it falls out. this way i am able to paddle with one hand to orient myself if needed. i have thought about the drift sock as well but i am afraid it would snag on logs and shoals if i'm watching the fish and not the sock

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    [QUOTE=MadisonBoats;107412]Floating is great on zero to 1 generator for most fly fishing.

    2 generators if you are throwing big streamers and targeting some big boys. Although, I have the lowest catch rate.

    If you have a kayak or canoe; zero is very doable to float the river. However; you probably should wait and do it on one generator to get a good feel of the run. Plus; it can be a long drift with no push.

    It will take you about 5-6 hours to go from Millers to the jail on one if you are fishing and not just paddling. I would not suggest that drift on zero generators as it will be extremely taxing on your body and it could be a long day if you are trying to fish certain sections. You will find that you have to start passing good areas up to maintain a decent pace to get home before dark.

    Madison"s description above is spot on especially the time lines, with no flow that first part of the trip can mean walking around rocks until you hit the backside of the island. That being said the trip is fun and takes you away from that conga line when wading.Watch the weather, start early, take food and plenty of liquid s and have fun! There will be times when it's just you on the water enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadisonBoats View Post
    Floating is great on zero to 1 generator for most fly fishing.

    2 generators if you are throwing big streamers and targeting some big boys. Although, I have the lowest catch rate.

    If you have a kayak or canoe; zero is very doable to float the river. However; you probably should wait and do it on one generator to get a good feel of the run. Plus; it can be a long drift with no push.

    It will take you about 5-6 hours to go from Millers to the jail on one if you are fishing and not just paddling. I would not suggest that drift on zero generators as it will be extremely taxing on your body and it could be a long day if you are trying to fish certain sections. You will find that you have to start passing good areas up to maintain a decent pace to get home before dark.


    http://www.smokystreams.com/maps/tennessee/index.htm

    Order one of JoeFred's Clinch Maps....I helped him with some of the information on it and it is excellent for reference.
    Here is a link to his tailwater maps.
    +1. I ordered this map (well all of them actually) and they are top notch. I unknowingly paid too much and JoeFred gave me money back when I didn't even know I sent too much. Fair dude with a good product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman View Post
    +1. I ordered this map (well all of them actually) and they are top notch. I unknowingly paid too much and JoeFred gave me money back when I didn't even know I sent too much. Fair dude with a good product.
    Fred is a great fellow and extremely honorable! I promote his maps as I think they are a great tools to help guide you and to keep you safe as well. Also; it is fun to look through them and visualize all the different terrain around them.
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    Shawn
    I recently purchased a 14 foot v-hull boat with a 9.9 hp and was wondering if I put in at Peach Orchard with 1 generator running how far up I could go?
    Thanks in advance.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevee71 View Post
    Shawn
    I recently purchased a 14 foot v-hull boat with a 9.9 hp and was wondering if I put in at Peach Orchard with 1 generator running how far up I could go?
    Thanks in advance.
    Steve
    Steve,
    All the way to the weir after the water has risen to 1 generator level. Keep in mind the water rise from the generation takes about 2 hours to hit Peach Orchard. If you have a short shank motor; set the angle up a few notches to run even shallower. Be mindful that it is still circulating water out through the water pump. Carry a few extra sheer pins, cotter pins, needle nose pliers, and an adjustable wrench to remove the prop. It is fairly easy to do and the sheer pin should break before anything else if you hit something. They cost about $1 each and take just a few steps to replace. I think it is a good idea to carry an extra prop as well. You will need it eventually if you fish the river enough with a motor.

    Areas to watch for:

    • first shoal above PO Ramp (1/4) mile; hit the right side close to the bank.
    • after you go under the power lines; run the channel on the left side to I 75 Bridge; then switch to the right.
    • beware of the trees submerged in the river from Coal Creek to Massengill Bridge (boneyard)
    • the shoal about 200' above Massengill Bridge, hit it slightly right of mid-stream
    • the shoal about 100 yards below Miller's Island, hit it about 1/3 right of the channel
    • be mindful of drifting downstream in to an extended or submerged tree, these objects tend to cause most capsizes on the river from what I have experienced.

    The rest is pretty easy. It takes me about 30 minutes to get up past Millers Island from Peach Orchard. Get a trolling motor to help you drift without having to run your motor or paddle.


    Be sure to wear a life jacket and fasten down everything in the boat with bungee cords. If you use an anchor; be prepared for hard snags and do not go too heavy on the rope. Anchor from the bow and keep the bow oriented upstream. Also; carry your cellphone and keep it protected in your possession. Let your family and friends know where you are going and what you are doing with a timeline.

    Carry a fire extinguisher and paddle as well!

    The river if fairly safe; but you have to respect it and prepare for events! Things will happen and it is best to be ready for them.

    Hope this helps guide you safely....
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