Saturday, July 19, 2008

Slow Morning on the Clinch

13 inch Clinch Bow

Sunrise on the Clinch

Well, I haven't done an early morning Clinch trip in a long time, so I thought today would be a good day. My co-worker, Dave, and I got to the river around 7:00 and fished until 11:15 when the pulse started to come thru. I usually stay away from the river on the weekends to avoid the crowds, and maybe I should have today as well. When we got to the water, my two favorite runs already had somebody fishing them, so it was off exploring. We walked way downstream and fished some new shoals and had some success. However, it was quite a frustrating day today. I let 8 fish get off today, and I had two break my line. I managed to bring two to hand, but the number that I let get off really was getting to me. I hooked fish on sulfur thorax duns, midge larvae, and olive slumpbusters. I believe I know why I was having trouble keeping my fish attached today. I was fishing downstream the majority of the day, and it is hard to get a good hookset if you are pulling upstream. This pulls the fly up and out of the fish's mouth as opposed to into the side of the mouth. I should have been using a sidearm hookset to maximize the sideways pull into the trout's cheek. Next trip will probably be to the Holston river with Scott. He has a little hot spot that he has been asking me to give a try. Plust they are catching them on caddis dries, that is hard to beat....

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19" Clinch River Brown