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Old 11-17-2010, 03:43 AM
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Default Dead Browns on Clinch

I don't want to start a big storm but there were 10 dead brown trout on the weir grates today. Some of them were small some were good sized. I guess they would have died in the weir pool then got caught by the hydraulic of the grates.

I think this is the first time that I have ever fished the weir in the fall. The only thing I can think is that they possibly over exerted themselves or were victims of a spawning battle.

To be honest it seemed odd, but I was wondering if anyone else has seen this before?
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:22 AM
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I have seen it before with Rainbows during the winter. I believe it some mortality due to trying to migrate upstream to spawn. I don't know what causes it, but do think that is the root cause.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:29 AM
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About 4-5 years ago in the fall, I was at the weir dam standing up on the grates fishing. I wasn't doing very well, as I didn't really know very much about fly fishing at the time. The water was going down, with a little still coming over the grates, and browns kept jumping up onto the grates and flopping around. I picked up 5-6 and tossed them back in, but there must have been two dozen or more that did it. Some kid who was bait-fishing on the grates with what I assume was his grandfather, started picking them up and tossing them in a bucket. That yung'un must have left with at least a dozen brown trout, ranging from 10" up to about 16".
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:58 AM
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Thanks guys that is what I was thinking.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:31 AM
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I've been there just as the water drops, and have seen several times where a fish was swimming upstream until Uncle TVA cut off the flow leaving them stranded on the weir flopping. Most people I have seen simply toss them back in. I have never seen them jump onto the dry weir, although I don't doubt what others have said

I think you are just seeing the intersection of nature's drive versus TVA's structures
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That yung'un must have left with at least a dozen brown trout, ranging from 10" up to about 16".
What was the legal limit? That would count for two anglers.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:58 PM
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I was standing on the step wiers at soho and a brown about 12-14in jumped up beside my foot. I picked it up and released it.

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Old 11-17-2010, 08:34 PM
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What was the legal limit? That would count for two anglers.
Like most days on the Clinch, the limit is what the bucket will hold.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:33 AM
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Like most days on the Clinch, the limit is what the bucket will hold.
Unfortunately, that is very true! My mother did see TWRA checking some licenses on the Massengill Bridge about a month ago... I think we should be required to wear our fishing licenses on display like most other states.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:59 AM
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Shawn-

Thats good news that they're checking licenses. Your idea is a great one.
I've seen licenses in a waterproof ziplock pouch on the back of fishing vests near the collar.

Perhaps, if you had to actively display your license, it might discourage poachers & bait fisherpersons, because it would be obvious for everyone to see.

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