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Water flow: Wade or Boat. Call 865-632-2264 #17 for latest
Visibility: 48 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F
Water condition: Moderately Turbid
Best time of day to fish: Depends on Generation Schedule
Best stretch: Wade: Hwy 61 all day w/ 1 hour pulse. Millers when the water is off
Best access point: Millers/Wier
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Caddis Sulphurs Midges
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Year Round
Nearest airport: Knoxville, TN (TYS)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 6X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Clinch River has alternately been described by one local guide as the “Cinch” and the “Grinch”, depending on the day. Regardless of one’s individual experience, there is no denying that some of the largest trout in Tennessee reside within its cold depths. In fact, the Tennessee state record Brown Trout (28lbs. 12oz.) was caught in 1988 just upstream from the Miller’s Island Boat Ramp.
are primarily concerned with the 13 miles of river between the Norris Dam and the public access at the Hwy 61 bridge in Clinton. How you are going to fish the Clinch is largely dependent on the TVA’s electrical generation schedule. With the water off, there are myriad wading opportunities around Miller’s and upstream of the Hwy 61 bridge. It takes 4-5 hours for the water released from Norris to reach this lower access point. Kayaks, kickboats, and canoes can allow access to productive water in the Weir Pond below the Dam, and in the vicinity of the Peach Orchard access.
On one generator release, the river becomes ideal for drift-boats. The upper float from Miller’s to Peach Orchard is more of a half-day endeavor, so you can wade down in Clinton until the water comes up, and then run and float the upper section. If you are more interested in a full-day float, row down to the shoals below Peach and wade fish until the water is on. Two generators are considered unfishable.
The new slot-limit (14”-20” fish must be released) should dramatically increase the number of fish that escape the frying pan and grow into that healthy 18”+ range.
Concentrate on getting a good drag-free drift. Try a sinking line and a silver streamer as well. Especially with one generator going.
It has honestly been a while since I have been out on the Clinch, but I haven't heard from anyone who has had a spectacular day lately. That is when you can actually find a schedule amenable to fishing. If you can catch the water off... Remember that it takes ~ 4 hours for the water to reach hwy 61, so you have a half day of fishing down low even if they are turning on the water. Give us a call at 865-964-6403 for the latest info.