I am lucky enough to live 12 minutes to the Clinch and 30 minutes to the Smokies back gate (don't try this at home kids!). I sometimes fish the Clinch four or more times a week, I am sure if you have seen the TVA flow reports you have seen this:
2014 Rain and Runoff
TVA manages the Tennessee River system and its tributaries to maximize its many benefits. We keep reservoirs full as possible during the summer for recreation, while also providing flood control, navigation, water supply and quality and low-cost power generation.
We depend on rain and runoff beginning in March through the spring to fill the reservoirs. Rain which results in runoff filling Norris is currently lower than normal. The average runoff during the spring fill for the Norris watershed is 5.85 inches. This year we’ve only received 2.57 (as of May 19th), this is 44% of normal. Unfortunately, the below average rain and runoff will result in lower than normal summer lake levels on Norris.
As they say this year is not good for rain and they posted above this past week. Last year you could not get a break from the rain, I guess this year it's the reverse. The past month or so its skinny water many days, I like to sight cast so it has just helped my skills, fishing has been good the majority of days, some good some bad. The suprising part is some of the biggest fish days have been in water knee deep or less like below:
This one I released last week after catching in super skinny water
note the aquatic vegatation
So this year I think sometimes you just gotta pop on Van Morrison's 'Moondance Deluxe" on the phone (you will be amazed to the references to fishing, and rivers on that album), and chiil out!
Last night about 5:30 PM
Last edited by bigsur; 05-25-2014 at 02:56 PM.
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