Fly Fishing Adventures
in the Southern Appalachians

Hiwassee River, Reliance Tn. 

The Tennessee Valley Authority has been giving us a mixed bag as far as the release schedule goes, but that’s about the only uncertainty that we have on the river right now. The fishing here on the Hiwassee is good. Our guides are reporting high catch rates using a wide variety of flies and spinning tackle. All the standard nymph patterns seem to be working very well, but the bead head prince and a bead head Cadillac pheasant tail seem to on the top of the list. We are having some very nice hatches on the water. Hendrickson’s have been coming off for the past month along with a nice mix of other bugs. As May gets closer we will start seeing more of our Sulphurs as the month goes on and the dry fly fishing will be excellent. If you planning on fishing the Sulphur hatch here on the Hiwassee be ready with a variety of patterns to match the hatch as sometimes the fish will get picky. If you have not fishing on the Hiwasse River lately, then you need to come see what you have been missing.

hiwassee river delayed harvest

Well everyone has been hearing us talk about how great our fall and winter fishing has become the last couple of years with the new Hiwassee River Delayed Harvest regulations. This past week has been no exception. Absolutely fantastic fishing! As good as it gets! Perfect weather, perfect conditions, and no rec floaters. Solitude on the river. We are catching lots of fish with some real quality trout coming to the nets.

hiwassee river delayed harvest

We really want to show this great "secret season" fishing to more of our folks. Stuff this good needs to be utilized. So for your angling pleasure we are offering a season opener super special. A day on the water utilizing this tremendous fishery for just $329 for two anglers. And no need to ask - it includes smoked chicken and a thermos of hot coffee.

So put on your lightweight capilene (it's not that cold) and lets go do it.
hiwassee river delayed harvest
Offer is good for January and February 2013.

Check out these recent pics from some of our trips in November. This has been an epic fall so far and we are right in the middle of great fly fishing that will turn into a winter blitz in 2013. December and the Holiday Season are always Eileen_Tel.rainbowgreat times to be on the water here. The rubber hatch is gone and we have the river to ourselves. December weather is usually very mild and this year looks to be no exception. Petr._soho_brown

Both the Hiwassee and Tellico rivers are on fire. We are enjoying the opportunity to catch quality fish on both rivers with a variety of techniques. Several times a week we are getting those magical afternoons when the little blue wings decide to pop and the dry fly fishing goes nuts right up until you can no longer see your fly.

We have measured really cool water temps for the last two years on the Hiwassee river and hold over has been very strong. Couple this with the delayed harvest along with the catch and release regulations and it makes for some real bruisers on the river. We also saw our first shad coming from the powerhouse on November 10th.jake_sign_brown

Come fish with us during the DH season on either of these fine rivers. Float or wade the next 90 days will be hard to beat.bow

Holidays Gift Certificates are available now - great to give or receive!

Here's a quick update for the Hiwasse and the Tellico Rivers. Delayed Harvest programs are in effect on each river. The TWRA seems to be really trying to make these programs work. We are seeing high numbers of fish on both pieces of water. The average size of fish being caught seem be a little larger than previous years. If everything carries on the way it's been going then the fishing should be great though the winter season.

The Tellico River and tributaries received national recognition as a premier trout stream years ago and was listed on the Trout Unlimited top 100 streams in the nation. The river starts high up in the mountains on the North Carolina side of the state line in the Nantahala National Forest. This is predominantly a small wild trout stream in comparison to the lower stretches on the Tennessee side. The Tellico meets all the requirements for trout habitat, water temperatures below 68 degrees, heavy oxygenation and clean clear water, and these conditions prevail in the Tellico River corridor.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Implemented a Delayed Harvest (DH) program on the Appalachia tailwater section of the Hiwassee River during the 2011-2012 seasons. This is the first DH on a tailwater river in the state. This 2012-2013 season will be second year of the program and anglers from across the southeast should be keeping an eye on this one. Over the Course of the season last year the river was full of fish and anglers were constantly reporting catches of fish in the 12 -16 inch range throughout the winter season.

Hiwassee River Brown Trout
fly fishing the Hiwassee River
Fly Fishing for Striped Bass on the Hiwassee River

The Hiwassee is holding it's own right now. The water temps are still down in the lower 60's and the fish are doing well. This is a very nice change of pace for us here as this has been the main problem with the river for quite a few years. As a result of this we are having some great days on the water and we are catching some very healthy fish as well. If the current conditions hold and the water stays healthy for our fish then we should have an excellent fall and winter fishery to work with this year as well. The Delayed Harvest on the Hiwassee River, which started last year, is nice to have in that it restricts the taking of fish and gives them a chance to grow. We have been catching holdover fish all season so we know that some are making it through from year to year.

July has been a hot one this year, but the water on the Hiwassee is cold and the fishing is great. Appalachia Dam is still operating on the recreational release schedule. Which is one generator stating at 10am and the 2nd generator starting at 11am with both units in operation until 7pm. This schedule allows us to float fish the upper section of river from the powerhouse down to Reliance. So lets talk about the fishing now....