Hey folks ! Here are few recent grip and grins from some of our local spring trips on the Hiwassee and Holston rivers. Just thought it was time for a quick shout to let everyone know that it is HI Time again ! Yes we are now drifting the upper Hiwassee River from the powerhouse to Reliance daily and expect to be floating the upper river daily for the remainder of the year.
The Hiwassee river is an awesome year round fishery with a high success rate for all anglers and a very fishable flow most of the time. But it is June through September that we consider the peak for our dry fly fishing. This time of year we usually see more surface action than any other time. Right now we have sulfurs and evening duns late in the day and the Isonychia are on their way.
Come and see us in Reliance soon. The fish are rising, the water is cold, and the smoked chicken is hot.
These photos are a glimpse of what is going on now on our local waters. Looks like the weather really breaks starting in April, so it is time to dust off the fly poles, tie on a parachute, and hit the water.
The Hiwassee river is fishing excellent. We will be doing a combination of float and wade trips here as flows indicate for April and May. Drift fishing below Reliance and wading above Reliance. Lots of fish numbers. The hendricksons are starting, and some larger fish are being caught.
The Big Holston below Cherokee is ready to go. TVA has Cherokee lake level where they want it, and flows are correct for our drift trips. We love April and may here, especially with the May caddis hatch. I predict some of our larger rainbows of spring will come from the Holston.
We are beginning to see some suitable flow rates on the Clinch river, especially on the weekends. This will always be a technical river to fish, but possibly very rewarding. You need your A game here with long casts and small flies. Kind of like a day at the Masters versus your local golf club.
The Tellico basin and its tributaries are in great shape for spring wade fishing trips and some wild fish on the small streams.
Give us a shout and book those April and May dates, we can target whatever is best on your scheduled date. If you want guaranteed dates for floats on the upper Hiwassee starting on Memorial Day weekend, get those dates booked too, they are filling now. And finally… We are expecting to be fishing the Cumberland river in Kentucky once again this year. I think best dates for this will be July – November.
As always – call anytime just to talk fishing.
Well… if you looking for a “state of the rivers” update don’t watch the news. Stay tuned in here. All fish like water. So they are all happy as clams everywhere right now. December saw some of the largest rainfall amounts on all of our watersheds that we have seen. Many of the reservoirs reached summer pool levels for the second time of the year before the month was out. Most all of the streams and rivers were unfishable for December and most of them still are due to high flows. But remember … the fish are down there and happy with nobody messing with them and plenty of food floating by. These now high streams and rivers will be in the fishable range soon and will be excellent. I am talking the Holston, Tellico, and Cumberland mainly here.
The Hiwassee River – It is Big Fish time on the Hiwassee now ! Now through March is probably going to be the best opportunity for large fish on the HI. The water levels are currently a little high but very fishable. The big browns are post spawn and eating shad. They are very comfortable with current conditions. The daylight levels of winter being a little more subdued coupled with the green tinge in the water and baitfish have the browns (and larger bows) eager to bite. We are not doing our typical summertime 30 fish days on a trip out, but the average fish size on a day trip is twice that of typical summertime fishing. These photos are from the last few days. Give us a call, Drive over to Reliance, and get your big fish on.
It's HI time to schedule a fly fishing adventure, and with it create a lasting memory and a story. SEA is making great fly fishing trips happen daily now. The Hiwassee river is teaming with fish and bugs. Flows are perfect for daily drift boat trips on the upper river. The menu consists of sulfurs, caddis, stoneflies, and of course smoked chicken. This past week we even had a morning hatch. Go figure. Several of our other favorite local waters are fishing great right now too. The big HO at Knoxville is showing us some real tippet busting rainbows and the smallmouth bite is already on. The water and conditions in the Tellico basin are also perfect as we print this. We plan on resuming our Cumberland river trips in July. 2015 is going to be the year you really start hearing stories about the great fishing on the Cumberland once again. As always, just give us a call or shoot an email and we will get you on the books. Plenty of good dates avilable. Chicken is in the smoker. It's HI time to schedule a fly fishing adventure.
Wow what a season we have unfolding! It only happens once in a Blue Moon !
All indications are that we have some magical water coming up on the Hiwassee River from May 11th through the 20th. We should see a near one turbine flow daily for the period. This is a great river level for May fishing on the Hiwassee. The upper river and the seldom fished middle will be very fishable. It also means that we will be using the drift boats on these sections to catch all of the big spring hatches including the Hendricksons, Blue Wings, Caddis, and the Sulphurs. We currently have good slots available for this period. The dates are approaching soon.
Beginning on Saturday, May 23rd we get the guaranteed daily release schedules for the summer. This means we will be drifting daily from the Powerhouse thru the gorge to Reliance.
As always, contact us for additional info or to book your trip with us. Call Dane at 770-655-9210.
It’s that time again ! Time to dust off the long rods and think about
getting out on the water for a little rod bending. We are starting to see
some good insect activity which means the dry fly bite is probably on by
the time you read this and can get your schedule together for a fishing
trip. For the next 45 days or so we will wading the upper Hiwassee and
Tellico rivers and its tribs, and drift fishing the lower Hiwassee, Toccoa,
and Holston river below Cherokee. We could also see some windows on the
Clinch river before long. For tasty morsels, we have a smorgasbord on the
way. The small stones are finishing up with small blue wings possible at
any time. The new fare consists of black caddis, and the beginning of the
Hendrickson hatch. The fish are definitely starting to look up.
The fishing forecast for east Tennessee couldn’t be better. We have enjoyed several years now of adequate moisture in the region. Although a pain for us to endure, the late cold weather in the area this year has helped to provide
us with good cold water for the spring and summer. All of the tailwaters are holding quality fish. Here are a few of our latest pics from recent trips. Call or email today and we can get you on the books.
Crisp air and smoking hot, reel burning trout. The fall bite is on ! As the
weather cools a bit and the days get shorter, the larger fish tend to make
themselves more available. The next few months will produce more large
fish that any other time of year. Just put on a sweater and a hat and lets
go get them . These photos are from a few of our trips during the last
month. These are not typical, and your results may vary. But this is what
we are going for now.
The streamer bite is very good and it is your best bet for one of the
beasts pictured. Calm afternoons are giving great Blue Wing hatches for
some smaller fish on dry flies.
November and December will a great time to get out and chase some trout
with holiday schedules and a little more time to sneak off from the grind
and make some memories happen.
The smoked chicken is always hot. Come and get your fish on. Don't forget
What a season ! What a year. The best fishing report is short on words and long on fish. The Hiwassee is incredible. Great flows and water temps at 56 degrees. Isonychia hatch has begun. Mainly dry fly fishing. Our other venues are also doing well.
We are looking forward to getting started on the Cumberland in August. Watch for those pics and reports.
We still have plenty of good dates available, next week and next month or beyond.
Call us, let's go fly fishing.