Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Brief Update

I haven't been on the water since my last post, but that doesn't mean the fish aren't biting. Just take a look at my message board buddy David's blog over at The Trout Zone. He continues to light them up on the Caney, I really need to get back over that way again soon.

I was planning a trip to the South Holston this week for Friday, but the weather I think has other plans for me. On Monday the forecast was 46 degrees and cloudy, now it has been revised to 34, with a 30% chance of snow, and 15 mph winds. I think I may save myself a doctor co-pay and stay at home Friday. Until next time....

Tight Lines and God Bless

Friday, November 7, 2008

Warm Weather Extension

The warm weather in East Tennessee continues to hang around, so I took advantage of it. Today, I made it back out to the Clinch to see if I could continue with the success I have had this year. Within the past week or so, the foliage along the river has totally changed. The trees along the river have lost nearly all their leaves, whereas the ones away from the bank are still holding on to the lovely gold and red decorations.
Fall Foliage

Last report I mentioned seeing some active redds and big browns, today there were easily 4 or 5 times the number of redds in the area I was fishing. Lots of small 10 to 12" browns and bows hanging out downstream of the redds. I caught about a dozen fish and all but one were browns. The lone bow was the largest fish of the day, but all the browns were colored up beautifully. I continued to see some absolute bruisers cruising around, but most of the large fish appeared to be hens hanging out on the redd. I did see one fairly active male that appeared to be the dominant male in the area and he was protecting his ladies from all the smaller males. If things go well, I may be able to make it back out again next week, especially if the weather forecast holds true. Not long till the cold weather sets in and I expect to have things completely to myself then.
Small Brown

15" Clinch Bow

Until next time, tight lines and God Bless.

Weather Conditions: Sunny, Slight Breeze, 73 deg F
Water Temp: 56 deg F (up from last trip)
Successful Flies: #20 BH zebra midge, blood midge, & olive biot midge

19" Clinch River Brown