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    Default Clinch on Friday

    With the generators off until 2 pm on Friday, I decided to wade at Millers Island, Started fishing around 9am with a size 18 stripper midge. I had numerous strikes, shook off a lot of small trout, and landed 6 nice rainbows. Quite rapidly, around 11 am, the strikes ceased. As the water was very clear with bright sunlight and I could see lots of fish, I lengthened my casts to 35-50 ft and focused on getting a good clean drift. When that did not work I changed flies to a bead-head PT and then a split case. Still no action. I was going to try a soft hackle but didn't put any in my fly box. Any suggestions about fishing the Clinch under these demanding technical conditions?

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    Similar thing happened to me last time at Millers about a month ago. Fortunately I had a couple of soft hackles and cleaned up once I switched over... not that that's always the case.

    Past few trips have been to the Jail/Llewelyn's island where I've really struggled... especially for this time of year. This Spring has easily been the most difficult fishing since I started fishing the Clinch.

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    That is the typical summer pattern for trout on the Clinch from my experience. Once it hits mid-day and the fog burns off; you have to buckle down and focus on clean presentation, small knots, small indicators, etc. Also; I tend to throw most of my casts downstream and utilize the indicator as a lever and raising my fly up-slowly releasing line to lengthen the drift without bumping the line too much.
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    My last couple morning trips have been dead for me until the fog burns off. Haha then I start catching fish. Yesterday morning was at a standstill for a couple hours till the fog cleared. May have had something to do with the water level and area I was fishing also. Or my fly choice.... Or me.

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    Update - Fished the Clinch again yesterday (Tuesday June 14). Used Shawn's suggested fishing technique with a size 18 Sulphur soft hackle and hooked up with about 15 fish in 2 hours, including my first Brown on the Clinch. The pattern I tied was from the South Holston River Fly shop - Episode 12 Sulphur Soft Hackle - http://southholstonriverflyshop.com/videos.html. It uses yellow d-rib over orange thread with a sparse partridge hackle.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    Madison-"Small knots" you gotta be kidding me right now! Smaller knots?? I have heard it all now

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3wt View Post
    Madison-"Small knots" you gotta be kidding me right now! Smaller knots?? I have heard it all now
    Actually, this is pretty significant when you fishing #18 or smaller midges. I have seen people tie improved clinch knots with 6-7 turns on small flies. Your knot can actually be larger than the fly and cause it to not present well by curling it up. I came up with a new knot about a year ago for small flies that I call the "Madison Knot" that works perfect for this type of need. It is a jam knot and super easy and small. I was saving this for an article this fall, but, I may try and put up a simple sketch to share it for those interested. In my opinion; it is probably the easiest and simplest knot you could ever tie.
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    I've caught a million clinch fish over the years fishing tiny stuff in the dead of summer crystal clear water on a clinch knot. Never really worried much about it, and focused solely on presentation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    I've caught a million clinch fish over the years fishing tiny stuff in the dead of summer crystal clear water on a clinch knot. Never really worried much about it, and focused solely on presentation.
    Jim, the knot idea is a refinement I utilize while fishing slack water, crystal clear conditions, and slow drifts. I think it is something extra that helps sell the fly without distracting the fish. I find it amazing how often trout follow a fly and check it out without taking the fly. Also; how easily they spook with large indicators.

    Now; fishing from my boat, deeper water, etc.-I believe this is less as an impact on the trout. I like to do subtle and easy things like this to help increase my take chances. Especially if they are easy and not a burden.
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    Default Leader seems to matter as well

    I have also been experimenting with leaders and have found my best success comes with a 12 foot 5x leader with a 3 foot 6x fluorocarbon tippet attached.

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