I’ve had the opportunity to fish with Scott several times over the past few years and it’s always a good time. This time Scott brought along his nephew for his first trip in a drift boat. Scott will usually spin fish for whatever will bite on the end of his line but the Clinch had a good schedule and he wanted to try and get a nice fish. After a little pursuation I got Scott to try the fly rod and it didn’t take him long to get the hang of it.
The Clinch has the best looking bows anywhere around.
After spending a few minutes working with Scott on his casting and hook sets he was in the groove of things. This wasn’t the ideal day to learn to fly fish, but he didn’t mind it. Before I knew it Scott was hooked up again.
They have good looking browns too.
The high today was supposed to be in the 50’s with a little bit of wind and as you can see that wasn’t the case at all. It didn’t matter though, we didn’t let the weather get in the way of what we came to do and it certainly didn’t get in the way of us having a good time.
Richie’s no slouch on the river either and with this being his first time on the water in a long time I think he handled himself pretty well. These guys were awesome and I look forward to the next time out with them.
The water was high today with TVA running 1 generator pretty much all day and we really didn’t see any bugs hatching, not even midges. The fish were still feeding pretty good even with the lack of bugs, but you had to get flies deep and around some sort of structure which isn’t really a surprise considering all the water rolling through the river. The river can be a real “brouhaha” for the fish during this time of year with heavy flows and fish spawning and sometimes the fish just don’t want to chase down their meals. Nymphs are a great way to go in the Fall not only for numbers of fish but even size.
If your looking to get out and fish but not sure with the cold weather on it’s way don’t worry, the rivers fish pretty good in the Winter when the water temps drop back to normal at around 50 degrees. If your in the area and want to get out, feel free to give us a call and we would be glad to get you out on the water. Take care and have a great day.