Fly Fishing Adventures
in the Southern Appalachians
John Thomason and Bill Stranahan

John Thomason with a 20.5" Hiwassee River rainbow, caught on January 19, 2014.  Book your trip now while we still have open dates.   Give us a call and we will go fishing.  1-866-558-7688


bills brownCheck out guide Bill Stranahan's 20" extra nice brown caught on the Toccoa River January 4th.  What a great time of year for fly-fishing in southeast Tennessee.

October 1st marks the beginning of fall trout fishing in the Southeast....and we are dead on target !  The increased levels of fisheries management we are experiencing on the Hiwassee river coupled with a mild and wet year have put us in an exceptional position for this year's catch and release  season.  Current trips are producing healthy fish numbers with nice holdover browns and rainbows.  As October rolls in and fall will only get better.

We have seen excellent hatches throughout the year and can't wait to start seeing the bugs of fall.  October caddis, blue winged olives, and then the stoneflies will be prolific. We will have a great combination of nymph, streamer, and even dry fly fishing opportunities almost daily.  We still have a great attractor bite on top now.
Fall and winter fishing on the Hiwassee river has become very special to us with dependable flows, mild weather,  hot shore lunches, and an opportunity for the larger fish that tend to show themselves in the cooler weather.

With the holidays fast approaching, it is a great time to schedule fall fishing trips with friends and family and take advantage of some time off from work and school and spend a day on the river with us. 

Don't us today.

Hey folks !  Here is a big shout out to all of our fly fishing friends about our
upcoming adventure to Chilean Patagonia to chase big browns  surface feeding on
the streams and lakes of the region.  The Aysen region of Chile is known for its
big Cantaria beetle hatch that drives the trout nuts bringing them to the top
for these big morsels.  The Cantaria  hatch heavily every other year, and 2014
is the year of the heavy hatch.  I have experienced this trip many times and the
beetle years are best.

This upcoming season we will be hosting the Cinco Rios Lodge in Coyhaique, Chile
for the week of Saturday - February 22nd to Saturday, March 1st.  This is prime
SUMMERTIME dry fly trout fishing in southern Patagonia.  This is truly the trip
of a lifetime.

If you have interest in joining us for the trip this season, just let me know
and we can discuss it in detail.  Over the years I have fine tuned the trip and
travel arrangements and prepared detailed itineraries and pre-trip information
packets. I have a very nice e-brochure that I can send you.  Just shoot me a line and I can share this information with you.

I have included a link to a recent video made at the lodge and on the waters we
fish there.  It is very indicative of our trips with Cinco Rios. It is about 30
minutes long, so grab some popcorn and hang on to your rod.

womble tripWe are in the midst of a wonderful summer season on the sam and freddyHiwassee, July was great and August will be too.  Plenty of water, good flows and cool temperatures have the browns and rainbows "popping" at the surface.  Here are a few pics from recent trips.  We need your face in one of these.

The Isonychia hatch continues to be the name of the game for the afternoon.This is probably the largest and longest hatch we have experienced in years.  YES - it is double dry fly time.  If you are greedy enough, fish two dries in tandem.  It works.Picture1Come have a smoked chicken on the river with us and catch a bunch of fish on dryflies in your T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops - It doesn't get any better.


jpeg5Our signature hatch is On ! The Hiwassee is known for its great drift boat dry fly fishing.  Hendricksons, Blue wings, sulfurs, caddis, stoneflies, and terrestrials.  But it is the Isonychias in the summer that really get the blood pumping.  Also called slate drakes, these are our largest mayfly species. They hatch sporadically during the summer and keep the fish looking up. They have just begun.  As with the rest of our hatches this year, we are seeing above average numbers of these big bugs. We fish the big dark colored parachute style dry flies in our guides favorite patterns.  This is what we wait all year for. The next 45 days will be the most awesome dry fly fishing of the season.  Give us a call and lets have some fun!

Hello Southeastern Fly Fishers !  Just a note to confirm our excellent spring / summer drift fishing conditions on the Hiwassee River.  Our lake is now slightly above summer pool and TVA is currently running our preferred flow schedule.  24 hour generation during the week with some low water mornings on the weekends.  Our water temps are also exceptionally cool throughout the river due to the long, cold spring.  We are set up for some great fishing throughout the summer.  The river currently has the largest fish population that we have seen in over 10 years.

The bugs are loving it too!  We are having excellent hatches with blue wings, sulfurs, cahills, and more caddis of every kind than we have seen in years.  The June and July Isonychia hatch should be epic this year.

This is one season on the Hiwassee that you will not want to miss.  Call now for good dates throughout the summer.

The weather has FINALLY broken.  Spring has arrived.  The fishing report and forecast for the season could not get much brighter.  WE have tons of bugs on the Hiwassee now.  We are seeing black caddis, quills, and of course the Hendrickson mayflies.  Both nymph and dry fly fishing is crazy and will continue to be strong.  The quality of fish released has steadily increased over the last couple of years due to good flows, temps, and regulations.  We are really enjoying ourselves these days on the Hiwassee. There are true trophy fish possibilities here now.  The remainder of this month and May will bring drift opportunities on the upper river as well as some great drift / wade combo trips that we don't get too often.  The cold, wet, long winter is paying us big dividends in the way of good cold flows and great hatches.  I think we are going to see sulfurs at the stairstep rapids this year in May and June, just like we are supposed to.

It is with great pleasure that I can report that our sister tailwater over the hill is on fire.  We have not fished much here in a couple of years.  It is ready to rock and rollnow.  It is a great combo with the Hiwassee or an alternate if conditions indicate.  If you are like us and haven't been on it lately, call and book a trip.  It is working now.

Come and spend a day with us on the river soon.  The fish miss you.