Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Taking the bad with the good

Made it out to the river this afternoon around 3:45, and was very excited about the possibilities. Dave hooked up with two bows within the first 10 minutes. However, we didn't realize that it would be 2 1/2 hours before another fish would take one of our offerings. The trout were rising quite regularly taking adult blackflies, unfortunately I did not have anything that they thought looked tasty. I fished for three hours today and never even got a single strike, I can't remember the last time that happened. It has been more than two years since I have been skunked on the Clinch, so I guess I was due. I threw everything I had at them, including streamers, with absolutely no interest. I took a water temp reading before leaving and it was 42.5 degrees. Surprisingly that was 1.5 degrees colder than when I last fished the Clinch two weeks ago. The overcast skies for the past couple days apparently have slowed the water warming trend.

This only adds fuel to the fire for my return trip.

Weather - Cloudy, Calm, 52 deg
Water - Clear, 42.5 deg
Best Patterns - ?????
Tackle - 9' 4 wt


Bill Trussell said...

Hi Travis
What was the dry you were using? Were you using a midge dropper? The reason I am asking this is I was fishing the tailrace at Smith Lake in Alabama the other day and could not get anything going and finally switched to a Parachute Adams with a zebra midge dropper and landed two quality fish. It took two hours to figure that combo out. Unfortunately that was it for the afternoon. Enjoy your blog, I am one of your followers.

Travis said...

Bill, I was using a #22 Griffith's gnat as my dry for a while. The rest of the day I used black/silver zebra midges, blood midges, black buzzers, olive buzzers, stripper midges, brassies, and olive biot midges from 18 - 22 below a tiny tuft of poly yarn indicator. This is the standard fare for the Clinch, but they weren't buying the other day. I even threw streamers, and I don't think I have ever thrown a streamer there without connecting. It was a very unusual day to say the least.

19" Clinch River Brown