Re: Tennessee Trout Mgmt Plan
I beg to differ with you on the hammering aspect. *I think that there were more fishermen in the late 80s and early 90s that there are now. *I remember counting over 20 guys at one time over the weir to the cable during the 80's. *By my records that I kept for years, one in every 10 fish you caught was 18" or over, and now, maybe 1 in every 75. *You can go there now on any given weekend and maybe see 10. *Below the weir has always been crowded. *No I don't spend $1000 dollars on a flyrod, under and over's yes, but flyrods? *If I wanted to catch a 6" fish I would go to the Smokies. *Personally, I like the old saying a guide once told me about why he only fished for salmon and not brook trout.. "Why fish for kittens, when you can fish for lions?"
So glad you have one the health to fish that much since you have retired, and two, the private land to fish from. *While the majority of the public does not have this luxury, it seems that the public access is the area that needs some protection, therefore to ultimitely benefit the entire river. *I did have *access at one time when I owned a drift boat but sold it when I felt the river was no longer worth the effort of owning one. *I have fished from DS's shoal on many occations over the years and I believe that area has suffered as well. *I change flies, techniques, and seriously believe very few folks puts in as much effort in entomology, fly design, and techniques as myself. *I have flyfished from Spokane to Maine and in between for the past 26 years and kept records, photos, and have talked to many people over the past 6-8 who agree that the river is not the same. *You are the FIRST person other than a state paid agent that has made statements to the effect that the river has not changed over the past 6-8 years. *If you wish to believe that TWRA's answer to "fixing" the Clinch is to dump 3" fingerlings in massive amounts, while protecting other tailwaters throughout the state is sound judgement, have at it. *
Enjoy your retirement, I hope there is a river there worth fishing when I get to retire one day. *Right now, I believe that river is more worth fighting for.
I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.