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Is it Spring yet??

Well no..probably not, but at least we've begun the countdown! January was a rough one for us here in East Tennessee and I guess for most other parts of the country. Record cold temps on at least two occasions, busted water pipes, and not much chance even for the most insane of Winter fly fishers to get on the water. The good news is there hasn't been a whole lot of rain like last January and the lake levels have remained normal if not even a little low. All we needed was a little warm weather. This past Sunday we got it. With temps climbing close to 50 degrees and TVA water schedules looking favorable, we headed out to the Clinch for a preliminary run to check things out in the lower river. I was joined by my old friend, long time fishing buddy, and ex owner of the Creel fly shop in Knoxville, Scott Rodgers. Scott and I don't get the chance to fish together much anymore so we were both looking forward to hitting the river Sunday morning.
Despite the wind howling at times, Scott, I, and another fishing fanatic Sam Lewis all managed to land some fish, with the nicest one being the rainbow in spawning colors you see Scott holding in the photo. Although fishing was relatively slow at times the fish we were picking up were in great shape, not a lot of stocking has occurred yet, at least not in the lower sections of the river so most of the fish we contacted were all holdovers.
I was definitely encouraged by what we saw and with a little help from Mother Nature, we should have a great Spring on the Clinch!

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