Change of Dates – Clinch River Trout Fishing Seminar

The annual Clinch River Trout Fishing Seminar has been postponed until Saturday, May 18, because of unusual generation schedules resulting from spring rains and from TVA’s maintenance project at the Weir Dam. The expected high water would have made it impossible to wade and fish in the river on the original date, May 11.

The free, public on-river seminar (spin or fly casting) will start at 9 a.m. (group gathers at 8:30)  probably behind Second Baptist Church, Clinton, but if the generation schedule requires it, the seminar will move to the River Road boat launch.  Please watch the chapter website at  for updates on seminar plans.

Second Baptist Church is at the end of Public Safety Lane, which runs north from Highway 61 just west of the Clinch River bridge in Clinton; the River Road boat launch is on River Road just east of the intersection with Highway 441.

Seminar topics include the Clinch tailwater and its history, trout biology and diet, fishing sportsmanship and safety, and techniques of spin fishing and fly fishing. After the program, newcomers will be paired with experienced anglers and will disperse along the river to fish.

The group will picnic before heading home. Chapter membership is not required to attend and the seminar is free; participants are asked to provide their own fishing gear (rods, waders, boots, lures/flies) plus lawn chairs, picnic lunches and beverages. For more information, please contact the organizer, Jerry Van Fossen, at or 865/463-8999.

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