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Old 11-19-2012, 08:46 PM
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Default Clinch this weekend

Did pretty good on the Clinch this weekend.
Fished near the dam.
The trout were switching back and forth between eating black flies and very small chironomids.
When the masses of black flies were coming off I could get em on a #18 Krystal Kim but when the beige chironomids were coming off I would switch to a #24 brown bug I tie.
Didn't see many fisherman catching much but I contribute this to fly selection.
The ol black zebra isn't the ticket anymore.
No pics cause I like to reserve that for bigger fish (which I didn't get in hand).
Lost two very nice trout sun. To my dismay.
Anyway, this topic has been due a new report.
Anybody else hittin the Grinch?

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:47 PM
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I don't know how you even see to fish a size 24 anything. is the midges not working due to the time of year or the water temp? never done much tailwater fishing before.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:20 AM
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Good report Fourx, glad to hear an update. Been trying to get to the Clinch.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:22 PM
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You hit it right on the money fourx. I was down at Millers and as the water was draining I caught several on midges, but not the typical zebra just like you said. A few of the fish were nice but most were between 12-14

It was a lot harder for to get a bite when the chironomids were coming off i caught a few but not as many as I was hoping. If any of yall have tips for when these small bugs are coming off I would love to here them. I'm just getting back into fly fishing so I have a lot to learn and reading what the veterans of Clinch have to say really helps.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:06 AM
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Good report and information fellas...thanks for sharing your reports and tips!

My report:
Water Temp: 61 Surface (lake turnover) *Should stabilize around this temp the rest of the winter.
Water Clarity: Slate-Green

There are enormous hatches of midges and the larva/pupae selection for the trout has been plentiful. I have had slower results on midging. I believe due to an abundance of larva.

  • My approach was to seine the water and identify the larvae and pupa patterns and define an average size.
  • Then; I fished a midge about two sizes larger to help it stand out in the drift. This seemed to work decently.
  • However; I got bored and started throwing midge dries and emergers to the many sippers. Most of my takes on emergers and dries involved landing the fly in to the target pool or bumping it to entice instinct takes.

Hope this helps. I have noticed many of the larger fish are hugging the banks. So; practice throwing some big dry orange palmers right up next to logs and bank structures. Let it sit; slight bump, sit, slight bump, and walk it back to you with erratic bumps. You should get a nice surprise.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:04 PM
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You're correct Mboats.
When the hatches are heaviest the bite slows way down.
When there's thousands of naturals, why would they want to hit a brace of man made hook thingies?
But, in the wanes of the hatch, the fishing can be good for trout that are still cleaning up.
Typically, trout are easier to catch on the front or the rear of the hatch then the middle.
You CAN catch trout in the middle of a hatch but your bug and act better be right.
Also- fish to the shade whenever possible.

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