Clinch by Rocky Top Anglers


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Guided Fly Fishing in Tennessee and Beyond                    

Rocky Top Anglers is a professional fly fishing guide service located in east Tennessee. We specialize in guided fly fishing drift boat float trips and wade fishing excursions to the best destinations in the southeast. We offer our guided fly fishing trips year round covering these great rivers – Clinch River – Holston River – Hiwassee River  – Cumberland River – Caney Fork River – and more.

Rocky Top Angler will provide reports for the rivers they are fishing during that time period, check under rivers for reports. They take their clients where the fish are most active.

Contact: Michael ” Rocky” Cox



Clinch River Fishing Report:  14 March 2017

General report for all rivers, to read the full introduction go to Rocky Top Anglers

So how has the fishing been you ask? Solid is my best answer. We’ve been boating fish on every river and we’ve been catching some nice fish along the way. River flows have been somewhat erratic but the fish haven’t cared one bit. We’ve been fishing everything from articulated streamers to #26 midge emergers, and many things in between. My advice is to be flexible and ready to change tactics as needed.

       Streamer fishing has been a good option on most days with running water. I’ve not seen a lot of shad in the tailwaters this year, which is most likely due to warmer weather. Shad are very sensitive to extreme cold temperature fluctuations and we’ve just not had a lot of cold weather. Nevertheless, shad patterns have been producing some fish. White and flashy with a lot of movement. Size can vary from #10 streamer hooks up to the longest fly in your box. Having an assortment of sinking lines will help too. Some situations will call for 400 grain sinking line.

      Nymph fishing has also been productive, on all water levels. This means you need to be able to adjust your depth frequently to match conditions. The New Zealand Strike Indicator system works well for this, but so does a tooth pick and foam. Some situations will require several tungsten flies and split shot, while others may only be a foot deep. Be versatile. Fly selection is wide and can include various midges from #18 – #26, pheasant tails from #12-#20 and several attractor nymphs.

      Dry fly fishing opportunities are popping up more frequently and will only get better as spring moves in. Midge clusters and emergers are working well in most situations. Sulphurs have been coming off sporadically on several rivers and while they’re early….the fish have been eating them. Watch for rising fish in the slower currents and eddy lines.

      The lakes that feed our tailwaters are in fairly good shape. None are close to summer pool levels yet, but several are a few weeks ahead of schedule in elevation. This shouldn’t be a problem. Looking at most of the operating guides looks that they’re starting to cut back a bit despite recent rains. I expect them to reduce flows dramatically in the next week or so to begin filling for summer pool. This 3-month window is typically some of the best and most dependable fishing of the year. Waders can wade and boaters can float and the fish are hungry.

     Our schedules for the next three months are filling fast. If you’re looking to fish with us this spring you may want to get on the books soon.

I look forward to fishing with you in 2017. Capt Rocky