Southern 1 032216These 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.

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