Stik. you know they are throwing in a 3-4" fish now into the clinch. I know what you are saying about the fins, but don't you think those small ones probably haven't been swimming in the concrete tanks long enough to wear down the fins?
I know there are native browns on the S. Holston. I would love to think there is some native reproduction on the Clinch as well.
they clip the pectoral fins on the hatchery fish. the reason clear creek is closed to fishing at certain times is to protect the spawning fish.