I thought I would take a trip to Anderson County yesterday and check out the sulphur hatch on the Clinch. As soon as I got there I realized that everyone else was thinking the same thing. I actually stepped in the river around 4:00 pm. When I got to the river I didn’t really see that many bugs coming off, so I tried some nymphs and did ok with them. I noticed 1 fish sipping emergers in a small riffle and realized at that moment that I forgot my box with all my emergers in it. The nymph did the job though and I was soon hooked up with a nice rainbow.
The nymphs worked well all through the afternoon, I was throwing a size #14 pheasant tail and a #14 sulphur nymph. I tried them with and without weight and it didn’t seem to matter to the fish because they are so focused on the bugs that whatever they see, if it matches, they will eat it. An emerger would have been perfect, but I made do with what I had. I noticed a pretty nice fish eating in a spillway and made a few casts at him and was soon rewarded with a nice brown.
When the sun started going down the adults were really coming off and the dry fly action was just right. When it gets darker the fish won’t be as picky with the patterns you throw at them. However, I would still throw something that matches pretty close to the size and color. I was throwing a comparadun sulphur with CDC for the wings and they seemed to like it. I noticed the fish rising pretty much all the way until dark. Here are a few more pictures of the fish we caught . I hope we have been of some help and thanks for joining us, hope to see you out there.