Other breweries involved include Elkmont Exchange, Crafty Bastard, Alliance, Last Days of Autumn and Pretentious. Clinch River Adventures: Great business! Conserving, protecting, restoring and enhancing the Clinch River tailwater trout fishery and its watershed. The riverbanks are lined with huge sycamores and silver maples. Clinch River Brewery is one of those rare breweries that fits in its place among nature’s splendor. Fish in the 14- to 16-inch range are common and on most days anglers can reasonably expect to hook a fish or two in the 18- to 22-inch range. Growth rates and health of the trout in the Clinch have been significantly enhanced with these improvements. You’ll start the day with a lazy float down the Clinch River, and then take a ride back to the brewery. We are currently planning to open this Saturday, September 26th for the final float of 2020 at Clinch River Life. It’s doubled in size since last year. Make a reservation for Saturday, Sunday or Monday. If I was to go it alone, I would make the most of my freedom and find a river to float. by Model70Man » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:26 pm . If you believe there is much more to fishing than catching fish, you’ll find fishing on the Clinch to be extremely rewarding. Spirits of the Clinch . The upper reaches of Melton Hill Reservoir extend to the Highway 61 Bridge, where the Clinch changes from river to slack water. It’s true, all that talk about beauty. Browns over 30 pounds have been electroshocked or found dead by anglers. 10am to 3pm, make reservations now by going to our Facebook page and hitting the book now button. Friend-of-local-beer Dan Moyers (hey Dan!) For the application, click here. (To see the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s 2014-19 trout management plan for the Norris tailwater, including a map on Page 15, click here.). TVA has done pioneering tailwater enhancement work on the Clinch to address low flow and dissolved oxygen (DO) problems. * Past president: Tony Gregg, tgregg@inbox.com or (865) 607-3785. I have not fished the Clinch in a long time. We’re two guys who like good beer and good food. Collaboration beers with those breweries have been made as recently as this week. There, you’ll have a food and beer festival with about 60 people. We are open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. At the same time, TVA reengineered the turbines at the dam to aerate the water flowing through them. Tent-side breakfast doesn’t sound too bad, either. The clear, shallow, slow-moving Clinch demands a stealthy approach, delicate presentation, small flies and drag-free drifts. So Woogle and Aron hit Clinch river to do the entire river from Clinchport down. We here at Beer + Food Weekly gush about Clinch River because it’s downright lovely. The valley supports a rich mix of birds and animmals—river otters, blue heron rookeries, nesting ospreys, beaver and wood ducks. These famous tailwater rivers feature cold water that is released from high mountain dams. The Clinch also contains assorted rough fish, and spin fishers take walleye and striped bass. Norris is an enormous reservoir, nearly 50 miles long with more than 800 miles of shoreline encompassing 30,000 acres and a huge volume of cold water. * Secretary: Dave Easter, dleaster660@gmail.com or (865) 360-0339. The Clinch also contains assorted rough fish, and spin fishers take walleye and striped bass. * President: Terry Douglas, terry@douglasflyrods.com or (423) 912-0402. You can choose to do one part of the event, or the whole shebang. I plan on using elk hair caddis with either zebra midge or BHPT as a dropper. It winds through a pastoral valley, between farmland, forests and limestone bluffs. We would always use salmon eggs drifting behind our boats. Now I had to come up with a plan to keep myself busy. And to break away in August and enter a world apart from the hustle of the daily grind sounds delightful. Come out and take advantage of one of the last, if not the last, weekends of... 2020 floating the Clinch with Clinch River Life. On most days we never see another angler until we reach the boat ramp at the end of the day. Be sure that you are aware of your boat’s and your own limitations. Until the early 1980s, the Clinch tailwater was a mediocre trout fishery, severely affected by low minimum flows and low DO. The nonprofit part, Jordan hopes, will continue to grow. And in the morning, breakfast made and served at your campsite. (If you reach the traffic light where 441 turns right, you missed the turn; go back!) We are currently planning to open this Saturday, September 26th for the final float of 2020 at Clinch River Life. Fishing Licenses. CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — Almost 100 kayaks and tubes hit the Clinch River in Tazewell County Sunday afternoon for a leisurely float for a few miles and to … We most commonly fish nymphs, but there are often some rising fish to tempt with a dry fly. Ledges in the lower section will offer walleye and sauger. Come float the Clinch River this weekend. It's perfect water to enjoy fly fishing from the comfort of a drift boat. It’s a beautiful environment at Clinch River, and Jordan said she is excited to share it with more people. * Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited The valley of the Clinch is a beautiful, pastoral setting of pastures, wooded ridges and limestone escarpments. The Clinch River is considered navigable in Virginia from the confluence of Indian Creek to the Tennessee state line, but there is no formal access above Blackford. At first glance, Clinch pools appear very shallow with no flow. Annual survival rates for rainbow and brown trout fingerlings (4 to 5 inches) stocked in 1996 were 52% and 26% respectively. Other local activities include the near by Great Smoky Mountains National Park … "Log floating" in Sweden (timmerflottning) had begun by the 16th century, and 17th century in Finland (tukinuitto). Summer is running out. The Clinch River has a lot to offer those who want to escape the familiar and explore the life of a river. While many local anglers choose to wade in at various public access points, this is also an excellent river to float in a can… It costs $10 and is good forever. A float on a bucolic river, then have some food and fantastic beer? We can start the morning off at Golden Girls for breakfast and then … This section is typical of the lower river with lazy pools for fishing. Rainbows comprise 80% to 90% of the catch, nearly all robust, wild, quality fish averaging 11 or 12 inches long. It's close proximity to Kentucky makes it a favorite destination of our northern friends. * Treasurer: Dick Geiger, geiger3892@gmail.com or (865) 599-2604‬. Spin fishermen float the river in boats during one- and two-generator flows in pursuit of these big trophy browns. The state has found that fingerling trout have much higher survival rates in the Clinch than do catchable hatchery fish. Because of it’s consistently cool temperature and state-sanctioned stocking program, trout are able to reproduce naturally and grow to considerable sizes. Rainbows over ten pounds have been caught. Our east Tennessee Fly Fishing Guide Service has specialized in guided tailwater float trips on the Clinch River, Holston River, Caney Fork River and the Cumberland River. During the two-hour float down the Clinch River, people asked Kreps questions about the waterway. Comments are closed. Steve Thompson, above, caught this 21-inch brown trout on the Clinch in March 2013. Take out on the right side of the river at the Clinchport access. Weather looks like it will be great. Spin fishermen float the river in boats during one- and two-generator flows in pursuit of these big trophy browns. The beer festival portion will include collaborations with local breweries, with plenty of food. Bring a grill. (You will need to provide a copy of your Form DD214.) To consistently catch its wild, wary rainbow and brown trout requires concentration, careful execution and patience. This float is through high gradient habitat that should provide excellent smallmouth bass fishing. Clinch River Float Trip The Clinch River continues to fish well and produce quality trout. Many anglers who have fished the premier trout waters of the United States consider the Clinch River tailwater one of the finest trout fisheries in the country. Fingerlings grow at a rate of over one-half inch per month. Spring is the best time to fish our tailwater rivers because flows are the most stable. While streamers can work at any time, we prefer to fish them on the Cli… The first section of this float offers prime spots to catch bass and sunfish. This is the second year for the event. Take out on the left side of the river at … We will have our large stationary floats anchored out in the river for the ones who don't want to float but would like to hang out on the river. You’ll start the day with a lazy float down the Clinch River, and then take a ride back to the brewery. Call 877-483-7211 for reservations! Chapter meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month except when special activities are scheduled. It is not uncommon for a skilled angler to land a half dozen fish over 18 inches during the sulfur emergence in spring. It creates prime trout habitat throughout the year. The section of the Clinch River below Norris Dam and 30 minutes North of Knoxville is receiving national attention as one of the great trout tailwaters of the Southeast. You will not be able to post a comment in this post. Watch Now: When life gets to be too much, just sit back and float on the Clinch River Joe Tennis Aug 6, 2020 Aug 6, 2020; 0; Only $5 for 5 months. On 441 North, travel about a mile and turn right on West Norris Road. And in the morning, breakfast made and served at your campsite. We made it 20 miles down from Virginia tof Tennessee and had a … OPENING 6/06/2020- PLEASE READ BELOW Tubing and kayaking rentals are now available for the 2020 season. Distance: 2 miles Gradient: 3.2 ft/mile. Under TWRA rules, anglers must release all trout 14 to 20 inches long; only one trout more than 20 inches long can be kept each day. The 285-foot-tall dam was completed in 1936 and rainbow trout were stocked in the tailwater in 1937. Join our newsletter and we'll keep you up to date on new stories and other cool stuff. St. Francis Episcopal Church is about three blocks on the left; we meet upstairs in the parish hall. The seemingly smooth surface is webbed with subtle surface currents that interfere with drag-free drifts. Often, the inexperienced fisher will not be able to detect a bad drift. * Women of Trout Unlimited. Spring and late summer wildflowers are spectacular. The total length of timber-floating routes in Finland was 40,000km. (Not that there’s anything bad about that – it’s just more common to see.). Click on the book now button to schedule a time. Or travel the Dungannon and Clinch River Driving Tour and learn more about the area. Two generators operating brings about some fast moving water. We have 6 picnic tables ready for use so bring lunch or dinner and hang out a while. TVA has done pioneering tailwater enhancement work on the Clinch to address low flow and dissolved oxygen (DO) problems. Put in at the Blackford access just upstream of Route 80. Clinch River Float January 11, 2020 (GoPro edit) 4K - YouTube Below Norris Dam lies 13 miles of tail waters stocked with rainbow and brown trout that make for some of the finest trout fishing in the state, while also providing good fishing for smallmouth bass, rock bass, white bass, crappie, and … The Clinch River tailwater fishery is conveniently located just minutes off I-75, just north of Knoxville. Be sure to fill in the "Chapter" field by scrolling down to Tennessee and filling in "662 - Clinch River Chapter.". helped organize things for the float and festival, she said. Will landing a nice 17" Rainbow Trout and a large striper tries to eat it after the fight. Clinch River Brewery is one of those rare breweries that fits in its place among nature’s splendor, rather than being shoehorned into an industrial park or sandwiched into a neighborhood. Proceeds will benefit Project Healing Waters, which gets disabled veterans out on the water, “dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.”. River Place on the Clinch Cabins: Floating the Clinch - See 21 traveler reviews, 44 candid photos, and great deals for River Place on the Clinch Cabins at Tripadvisor. It is a free-flowing river, where levels are not controlled by dams, making it natural in both beauty and hazards. The best way to fish the Clinch River is to float it. The Clinch River is also one of Tennessee's premier warm water fishing resources. No gear restrictions are in effect. If you have suggestions for improving this website, please contact Frances Oates, communications chair, at franceshoates@gmail.com or (865) 223-2055. Take out is … It has been said that the Clinch River is haunted by many spirits of yesteryear, with legends of busted stills and revenuers claiming victory during the bootleg era. This section may offer some challenging water, especially during high flows. Afterward, camping. ATTENTION River Floating Fans..... ONE MORE DAY. A few thousand catchables are also stocked during this period. The Tennessee state record brown, 28 pounds 12 ounces, was taken from the Clinch in the late 1980s. Well over 100,000 fingerlings are stocked annually during spring and summer. Launch or take out here on your floating adventure. My buddy Jacob and I head out to the Clinch River for an early morning trip chasing some big trout. Dry fly fishing hits its peak some time in early April and often stays good into June. Rainbows over 10 pounds have been caught. It’s Aug. 10-11, and tickets are on sale. This cold water is released through two turbines to provide electric power and cooling water for TVA coal-fired and nuclear steam plants located downstream on Melton Hill and Watts Bar reservoirs. We just want to entertain, tell some stories and share our experiences with like-minded folks who know that life is best enjoyed with tasty beer, delicious food and great friends. The Clinch River Regatta is about as good as it gets, people. It is very much like fishing a spring creek, but this one is more than 75 yards wide! No worries. Those people include brewers, the craft beer community and people who have supported her as she’s continued down her road as one of the area’s superlative brewers. Clinchport to Speer’s Ferry Map. 18. There, you’ll have a food and beer festival with about 60 people. Tndeer Clinch River float. The plan worked so well to increase the abundance of large trout that TWRA has continued the plan to the present. © 2020 BEER & FOOD WEEKLY / GERALD WITT & AARON L. RUSSELL / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT MADE BY. This week we caught up with Jordan Skeen, head brewer of Clinch River Brewing, and she gave us the details. How much are tickets & do you have to bring your own camping gear? If you use your own boat be sure you are aware that it does have a lot of shallow rock ledges. Unlike large Western tailwaters such as the Big Horn and Missouri, the Clinch has a minimum flow of only a little over 200 cubic feet per second (cfs). For more information about trout fishing regulations and licenses, please click here. One of the most bio-diverse rivers in the world, the Clinch River is home to the country's greatest population of rare freshwater animals. The best time to fish the river from a drift boat is during the times one generator is operating. On low waters, it is lazy, shallow and easy to wade, overall, but it still has enough water for good float trips. Enjoy a scenic, relaxing float down the Class I-II Clinch River. I have been catching some really great fish this year along with several other members on this forum. The expertise we share – if you can call it that – comes from a combined 50 years of sipping, sampling and supping. A day out on the Clinch River makes for an amazingly scenic float with its relaxing low level class l/ll rapids. The river begins over in Virginia, flowing right through the Great Appalachian Valley. Many years ago, as a Boy Scout, I floated the several times. We have had some Tndeer floats on the Clinch in the past and have had a great time. From Knoxville, take I-75 North to Exit 122 (Norris/Clinton); turn right (east) toward Andersonville and drive about a mile to Highway 441 North; turn left (north) toward Norris Dam. Upon closer inspection, the angler finds that the pools have extensive areas where depths reach 8 feet and there is a definite flow. There is nothing quite like experiencing “one of the last great places on Earth” while floating peacefully on the water. The Clinch tailwater is 13 miles long, flowing from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to the Highway 61 Bridge near Clinton, Tenn., at River Mile 67. In the smaller, wilder stretches of a river, rafts couldn't get through, so masses of individual logs were driven down the river like huge herds of cattle. Unfortunately, we are still facing the COVID-19 pandemic, so some modifications will have to be made to ensure the safety of our customers and staff members. To increase the abundance of large trout, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) in 2008 introduced a slot limit, or protected length range, for the entire tailwater. - See 18 traveler reviews, 3 candid photos, and great deals for Saint Paul, VA, at Tripadvisor. Put in at the Clinchport ramp. Rainbows over 10 pounds have been caught. You can tear up a boat fairly easy if you are not careful. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter or Contact Us. This fishing is not for everyone as it requires the ability to cast fairly well and manage your line, however those who are willing to work hard on this beautiful tailwaters will be rewarded with some large trout. Flowing through the Great Appalachian Valley, the river is the perfect destination for kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, swimming, fishing, wildlife watching, or hiking and picnicking along its banks. The Clinch is a large river throughout the Norris tailwater, averaging more than 100 yards across. If you are looking to float the Clinch River o… Oh yeah. To remedy these issues, TVA established its Reservoir Improvement Release Program in 1981. ATTENTION River Floating Fans..... ONE MORE DAY. A regulating weir dam was installed in 1984 about a mile below Norris Dam to ensure a minimum flow of 200 cfs below the weir. Not only is the river a great family or leisurely float, but the free-flowing Upper Clinch is also known for its biological diversity with an abundance of wildlife everywhere you turn. Are you guys interested in getting another float organized? The Clinch is often too shallow for floats but the Holston can be quite good. * Vice president: Rusty Hallett, flyguy47@hotmail.com or (859) 227-1227. * Project Healing Waters - Knoxville, TN Whether you come to experience the fishing, or just to view the spectacular scenery, please keep safety in mind. Enjoy the community and showmanship at Scott County Horse Park. Natural mortality is more significant than fishing pressure. For a discounted newcomer membership in the Clinch River Chapter and the national Trout Unlimited, including the award-winning Trout magazine, click here. I am planning to float the Clinch River in my 14' jon boat. The effects of the slot limit were evaluated in 2013, the year the management  plan was scheduled to expire. This enhanced flow provides more habitat for aquatic macroinvertebrates, the primary trout food base. (I was not a fly-fisherment back then). At low flow when turbines are off, the river consists of a series of long pools separated by intermittent ledges and occasional shoals—similar to the Little Red, White and Norfork tailwaters in Arkansas. Although rainbows comprise more than 80% of the catch, browns also do well in the river. Log onto Facebook and search for these: * Directors: Steve Burman, steveburman06@comcast.net or (865) 805-1018; Stacy Hage, stacy.hage0407@gmail.com or ‭(865) 566-4383; Ken McClain, kenmcclain07@gmail.com or (865) 748-3193; Frances Oates, franceshoates@gmail.com or (865) 223-2055; Gentry Oswalt, oswalt.newhope@gmail.com; Bob Stephan, bobstephan59@me.com or (865) 216-8527; Gabriel Welker, gabrielfwelker@gmail.com or (615) 971-9765. A full day float trip on the Clinch River covers 7 miles of water through mostly private land. * Vols on the Fly - UT fly fishing club Www.clinchriverlife.com If you’re a disabled veteran who needs a Tennessee fishing license, click on the link below—it will take you to the state’s application for a permanent Disabled Veteran Fishing License. The Clinch also contains assorted rough fish, and spin fishers take the occasional walleye and striped bass. Norris Dam, TVA’s first dam, impounds Norris Reservoir. Small caddis are the prime hatch on the Holston River while Sulphurs begin hatching by late April on the Clinch. It continues for a staggering 300 miles through out Tennessee eventually flowing into the Tennessee River. Spin fishermen float the river in boats during one- and two-generator flows in pursuit of these big trophy browns. Beautiful river! For fly anglers, it is a challenging river to fish. Float the Clinch! 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