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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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Old 11-23-2012, 05:44 PM
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I have fished the Clinch for years, and yes I agree with the viewpoint regarding fly selection and pre and post hatch. But today, I have made up my mind that the only way I will fish that river again is as a last resort. Stacked elbow to elbow with folks only to catch a bunch of dinks because the amount of lines smacking the water insure that any fish worth catching is hunkered down and laying low. Fished 61, Millers, Weir, and above the weir. Frustrating. I can remember catching quality fish at every outing...but not so these days.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:36 AM
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I have fished the Clinch for years, and yes I agree with the viewpoint regarding fly selection and pre and post hatch. But today, I have made up my mind that the only way I will fish that river again is as a last resort. Stacked elbow to elbow with folks only to catch a bunch of dinks because the amount of lines smacking the water insure that any fish worth catching is hunkered down and laying low. Fished 61, Millers, Weir, and above the weir. Frustrating. I can remember catching quality fish at every outing...but not so these days.
I understand your frustration. One tip I use in those situations is to think of the positive. At least you have people close by to help you if you need it. Unfortunately; I realized this perspective earlier this year.

Also; use this time as a chance to challenge yourself and techniques. I have often pulled good fish right beside someone standing and throwing the other way. Another idea is to get you a boat or something to give you mobility to fish other spots. One thing you may realize is that you end up going back to certain wade areas to regain your focus.


Finally; I try to never let the actions of others hinder what I do...I just do my thing and stay focused. Hope you have a better time on the next trip.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:18 AM
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Thanks M.B.,but I just don't do crowds...the majority using spinning gear with enough weight to raise the water level a good three inches when it hit the river. I caught fish, and couldn't help but catch them right next to someone. That river has gone from a great trout fishery to a low budget amusement park.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:34 AM
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I would sit on a bait fisherman's shoulders to catch a fish like I missed yesterday.
The ONLY trout that's put me in my 6wt's backing in my life.
Yes a zoo, but with some large animals.

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