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

4 comments:

ivan mclaws said...

thanks for the comment! i realy enjoy your blog as well, its fun to see and learn about other trout waters in the US.

fishermansfly said...

I was looking at your FOTM and thought I'd share two things with you! One, I'm not a big fan of anything other than Tiemco hooks, however try Orvis's emerger hook. The barb is offset and there's no need for the extra gape! Two, try a Phase TWO..I say no more! You won't think you'll be able to see that fly float, but boy can you ever! It's probably the best BWO "match the hatch" go to fly I've ever seen! CDC and foam make it float all day!

~Brett

Travis said...

Brett,
I have tied up quite a few CDC BWO Comparaduns, but have never tried a Phase TWO. I will have to look that one up, thanks for the hint. Daiichi 1130 is also similar to the hook you described, with the offset as well.

David said...

Thanks for the comment! I've just added your blog to my reader - I'm trying to learn more about fly fishing in the Appalachians. I appreciate that you post the details of what 'worked' from your trips. A great way for us newbies to learn the flies and patterns. Keep the posts coming!


19" Clinch River Brown