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May122014

Business as usual on the Clinch..

How can you tell it's Spring on the Clinch? The hills green up, the sulphur hatch begins, and the poachers show up. Now we're not talking about your clandestine, under the cover of darkness type poacher. These guys violate the regulations in wide open areas during the middle of the day, near parking lots in full view of God and TWRA, and apparently have no fear of retribution from either. God is a tricky call, but in the case of TWRA the lack of fear is justified. Now mind you it's tough, for the past month the water has begun generating at 2 PM, everyone wading the river has the choice of either exiting or drowning. Most take exiting. Everyone coming out must walk up the bank to get to their cars just like the guy in this picture we took yesterday. If you wait until 4PM when the water has been running for two hours to swing through the parking lot our good friend the poacher will be at home enjoying an over the size limit trout dinner. However our friend the poacher could justifiably state that he didn't see any signs stating there are regulations..all the paper signs tacked to area trees have been torn down, like every Spring. Wouldn't it be nice if we had some permanent metal signs in place like the ones that abound on the Caney Fork and South Holston rivers. Guess somebody has to be the red headed step child of cold water fisheries, might as well be the best quality holdover river in the state. Welcome to the Clinch, patron river of nobody gives a damn.

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Thank you Mike, I have watch this poaching problem go on for many years. Have even sent a couple of email to the Clinch river chapter of trout unlimited about signs and getting a little help from TWRA, just got a little lip service and they want is your money to join they chapter, period ! This is a real problem on the Clinch and it up to other fisherman to police the area. I have said something to fisherman about it when I see it and the reply I get most is ( O I just take a few out to eat no big deal ). Well guess what it is ! Thanks again Mike for posting about this problem I wish I had the right answers. With no help from the local TU and no help from TWRA this problem is no going away time soon. One last note its just not the spin fisherman its the flyboys to, I have see it both ways.

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim Rader

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