Fly Fishing Adventures
in the Southern Appalachians

Happy New Year to All of the Southeastern Anglers out there.  2017 proved to be a very good year for fishing in our neck of the woods. The Hiwassee river produced consistently for us. The Holston river fished very well early for larger trout and then the smallmouth bite was off the chart towards late season. Later in year we began seeing consistent one turbine flows on the Clinch, which we are still enjoying now. This is an unusual and very welcome occurrence on the Clinch.  We were able to get on the Cumberland river in earnest after August of 2017. We had some exceptional late season days. The Cumberland now holds the greatest promise it has in over 10 years and we are watching for late winter/ early spring windows now.

It is always difficult to rub the crystal ball in January and expect an honest answer from the genie. So much of what we do is dependent on mother nature and the intricacies of weather, water flows, temperatures, fish populations and the likes. However, right now we are sitting pretty. The colder than anticipated winter weather and moderate amounts of rainfall have the reservoirs in very good, manageable condition. Most lakes are at or under flood guide which means the cold temps are chilling the waters down to the bottom. This will ensure cold flows in the tailwaters throughout the season. The absence of high lake levels means TVA and USACE can run moderate flows right now. This gives the fish an opportunity to feed adequately and not just hunker down out of the heavy flow. This in turns indicates larger and healthier fish for later throughout the year. The lack of extremely heavy winter flows is also good for the insects, baitfish, and forage species populations in the rivers.

All said, everything looks good to me from here. As long as there is water and fish in the water to be caught, we will be on it.  Just give us a shout and lets talk about your plans to catch a few...Southeastern Style.

Thanks Dane.

Well folks, it is time to change things up.  If you haven’t been able to get out and sample our waters this summer, don’t worry!  The best of 2017 may still be out there.  I really like what the crystal ball is illuminating for the next 90 days for the trout fishing and especially the tailwater fishing in the southeast.  Several key factors seem to be lining up which usually mean better than average fishing conditions.  A stark contract to late 2016.  We have received ample moisture throughout the summer.  Reservoir levels are now very adequate and at manageable levels.  This points towards good predictable upcoming flows.  The weather is cooling quickly and nicely.  Water temps will be good.  The fall NWS forecast is for mild weather and normal precipitation.  Put all of that together, and this fall may be hard to beat.

Hiwassee River outlook – Fishing here should get prime again in mid October and be good throughout the year and into 2018.  Flow rates will be best during the week.

Cumberland River – We are currently setting up blocks of trips here for the fall.  We have a few slots for October and good availability for November.  Recommend two day trips here.  If current conditions prevail, November could be the best period we have seen here in quite a while.

Holston River smallmouth – This has been excellent fishing lately and October is going to be really good for a few more weeks until temps drop and then the trout fishing should return to the upper stretches shortly after.

Clinch River - Always a bit of a crap shoot, but with current conditions, it may pay out more frequently this fall. Mostly a streamer game with correct flows.

Tellico River watershed wade fishing  -  Mountain wade fishing the Tellico and tributaries. Predicting almost ideal conditions for October/ November.  

As always, call or email for what is happening today. Thanks, Dane.

Well folks, it’s finally here!  Summertime drift fishing on the Tennessee tailwaters.  TVA and USACE has filled all of our reservoirs to summer pool and they all have plenty of water for good flow rates all season.  Our Home water, the Hiwassee River is flowing perfect for drift trips on the upper section through the gorge. The next 90 days here will be hard to beat. Our catch rates will be the best with dry fly action already starting. For a fun filled day trip with lots of action and fish feeding on the surface, this is where you will want to be.  The Clinch river is performing well for larger trout on streamers. We want to target weekends here for the most predictable flows. This is head hunting for larger trout on sink tips and streamers, so be prepared. Within just another week or two, I expect the Big Holston to be at its peak. The trout section will be performing well with mostly nymph fishing for high quality trout. At this same time the smallmouth section should start heating up and just get hotter through October when the water cools back off.

I know everyone is wondering about the Cumberland and it looks excellent in just a few days from now. The Corps has managed the spring rainfall well and we are going to have very good flows earlier this year than the past. This venue will always be a little trickier than the others just due to the sheer size of the waterway we are dealing with. But with the risk will come great rewards. You will be seeing pics from here soon.

As always give us a call or email anytime to talk fishing, etc.


The first months of spring have provided us with very good fishing opportunities in the Tennessee Overhill and Valley tailwaters. April and May yield a variety of species on the fly as the spring spawners get active. April rainfall has put our reservoirs back in excellent shape for the spring and summer fishing seasons. With these water levels going into May, it makes me believe that we are going have a lot of float options throughout the summer this year. We are on target to begin upper river floats on the Hiwassee Saturday, May 27th. However, with the good moisture we are receiving and more in the forecast, I would not be surprised to see the upper river and gorge section floatable sooner. The caddis hatch is now underway on most of the area waters and the hendrickson mayflies are finishing up. The mother’s day grannom caddis are on the way. The nymph and streamer fishing is excellent with dry fly action always a possibility. These are just a few fresh photos from the last couple of weeks. Let’s get out and go fishing. It is on!

As always, call or email anytime for a quick response to daily conditions. Dane Law 770-655-9210.

clinch brown 020817Well another fishing year has come and gone and a brand new one is under way.  Goodbye 2016 and the fall dry spell you left us with.  Here are a few recent pics of what the boys have been doing lately. Streamer fishing for trout on our southern tailwaters and chasing an occasional muskie.  The head hunting has been good lately.  For the next month or so we plan on more of the same as well as getting into the mountains for some small stream fishing to check on our local back country areas.  As the days and afternoons warm and the stream flows subside, we will be seeing our first hatches of the year. Little stoneflies, blue wings and then the hendricksons will be here soon.

As I rub my crystal ball and look out into the next few months,  I think this spring season will be a little different.  I think we will see some productive and fishable flow rates on some of the larger tailwaters that we do not usually see this time of year.  Unless things change soon, the lower reservoir levels combined with warmer temperatures equal lower spring river flows.  Rivers like the Cumberland, Clinch, and Caney fork could be some awesome spring targets.  If you are looking for something you haven’t fished before or haven’t fished in the spring, this may be the year.  My suggestion for planning spring drift trips is to book your desired dates early and then be flexible for location and lodging.  Be ready to fish the best available.  It is going to be a spring full of weekly and daily changes with great fly fishing opportunities presenting themselves. Bill Muskie 2

​Our group of traveling anglers will be headed out to Chile on Friday for our 2017 Patagonia brown trout extravaganza. I will have you a report in March on our successes.  We still have slots available for late February 2018.


Clinch brown 2 01 13 17As always, call or email to talk fishing.


Hello Indian summer and fall Anglers !  What do you say about some cooler weather and great trout fishing ?   Southeastern Anglers is gearing up to spend some time on the Cumberland River in Kentucky.  Specifically, the window opens around September 12th and runs IMG 2661.JPGarea and having a couple of boats ready on a daily basis. Some of these dates are already booked so think about it and give us a shout for your reservations. The Cumberland is a pretty good drive from just about anywhere and we highly recommend at least two-day fishing trips here to get the goody out of it.  There are several places to stay and the Lake state park resorts are hard to beat.

Over the last two years we have watched the river steadily return from a river on the mend back to a great trout fishery.  The current weather pattern is conducive to appropriate late season flows, so we say “let’s go.”    I know the nymph fishing will be good.  The streamer fishing will be awesome under the right conditions.  And the terrestrial / hopper bite could be something to behold before the frost hits.  As we near the end of October, the brown trout spawning urge will move the fish into the shallows.

Give us a call.  It is finally time to hit the Cumberland again.Cumberland

Hello Folks !  Dane here with your midsummer southeastern tailwaters fishing report.  When the weather gets hot and dry and the small streams start to trickle, you just gotta love the tailwaters.  Fishing on our local tailraces is good and will continue to be for the remainder of the warm season.
Hiwassee  River Bill Stranahan
The Hiwassee has fished well since Memorial day.  The Isonychias are popping sporadically and the dry fly bite is good in the afternoon.  We are releasing a mix of rainbows and browns.  Good fish numbers and our clients have released about 10 browns over 17 inches since summer has started.  August and into September should fish well here.
The Holston river smallmouth bite is currently very good.  Good numbers of fish on sink tips and streamers and the top water bite is getting started.  We have caught some quality smallies here too.  This venue should continue to strengthen until we begin to receive the crisp cool nights of fall. 
CumberlandThe Cumberland river is really starting to come alive with good predictableflow rates and great fishing.  The nymph fishing is most consistent with
the terrestrial and hopper bite getting stronger daily.  We are offering trips on the Cumberland once again and stronglyrecommend at least two days of fishing on your jaunts here.  There are multiple float stretches and every day is different.  Two or more days on the Cumberland gives you a good shot at quality fish.  We are seeing, hooking or landing 20 in. fish on most days.  Since this fishery is a pretty good haul for us and you, we like to book our guides for several days at a time here.  August throughDecember is going to produce some big fish. As always, call for details and bookings as well as an up to the minute report.

GREAT PHOTO OF JUNE FISHINGHey 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.