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Old 01-15-2012, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
I think I have fished the Clinch once in the last 20 years, but I could be wrong.

Coal creek is a piss trickle which comes into the river most days, you are talking about 1/10 the flow coming out of that creek if that. It certainly isn't the whole river like the Cherokee streams.

What could possibly pollute Hind's Creek? A few cows? Hinds Creek doesn't flow through anything except for cow pastures and woods. Don't understand this example.

The fish quality is outstanding below 61 bridge, and the benthic life takes a major hit from water depth which correlates to no weed growth which is vital to the limited species that inhabit the Clinch. Nothing related to run off or pollution is affecting the lower Clinch tailwater. The problem is the fish population is low (stripers/muskie) and poor habitat are the reasons, not water quality.

Sewage, pollution, industrial discharge, etc etc does not mean a reduction in benthic life or fish health. For example the Holston above Rogersville is seriously impacted by Kingsport and the Eastman plant, however it has huge hatches and a very healthy fish population. The Pigeon River which is still horribly polluted has monster insect hatches and unbelievable fish health. I could go on and on and on with examples.

The nastiness of Cherokee is more of an aesthetic nasty then anything else. The fish are straight out of the truck stockers which have little redeeming qualities other then they are a trout, and good for passing a little time.
Essentially all the trout in the Clinch are stockers

Coal Creek while dirty being slowly cleaned up and has had spawns recorded in it a few times.

Hines creek is about as dirty water quality wise as Coal Creek. There is tons of agricultural (chemical as well as fecal) run off as well as that from industry, commercial as well as developmental and people who for the most part treat the creek much like people along Coal Creek have
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