We have a great spring situation occurring on the river now. TVA is doing some work to the penstock in Apalachia Lake so we are getting a constant flow from the dam which is the equivalence of between one and two turbines. This should persist through April and is a perfect flow to fish the upper river from the powerhouse to Reliance and the middle section. We very rarely have these flows. I believe it has been about eight years since the last opportunity. What this means is we get to fish the upper and middle sections from the drift boats and that is where the best mayfly action occurs. We should have Hendricksons with caddis mixed in turning to Sulphurs late April into May.
Our Patagonia trip this past February was fantastic as always. The fishing is always epic, but what makes it so special are the people and the place. We have a great group go every year and this year's group from across the country was no exception. Our Chilean hosts and local guides are some of the most hospitable on earth and the country is mysteriously enchanting with another stream or river around every corner.
Chile is home to some of the world's best and least explored trout fishing. So, we continue to fish new water every year. Plans are already underway for our 2012 trip which is also the big hatch year for the Cantaria beetle; a fierce looking but harmless insect, up to 4.5 inches in length and a favorite meal for the rainbows and browns. Join us for the fun.
Every year about this time people start asking, "How is the fishing going to be this year." Well, one thing is for certain - every year is different. But based on our winter and early spring weather summary, we are set up for one of the best seasons in east Tennessee and north Georgia. We had a good cold winter with rain and snow which provided us a stable supply of cold water for our mountain trout streams and a cold water reserve in our reservoirs. We have had an extremely wet March which has given us quick lake fill in the TVA reservoirs. So, we should have good stable and predictible flows for spring into summer. Combine all of that with the fact that our trout went through minimal stress last summer and fall and it all adds up to some good rod bending in 2011.
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We are smack dab in the middle of a great summer fly fishing season in East Tennessee. The Hiwassee River has been a proven performer for us and will remain a steady producer as TVA increases flows for the next couple of months. The increased flow rate will make for even better drift boat fly fishing here. Dry fly afternoons are the norm.
Conditions are ideal now for drift boat trips on the Hiwassee river. We are currently floating the upper river through the gorge and national forest area daily. TVA began giving us adequate flows ahead of schedule this year. Flow rates are the best we have seen for some time. The quality zone is happening and fish are rising at the steps.
It is dry fly season on the river. The sulfurs are waning and the big Isonychias are beginning to pop. There are also few caddis, cahills and assorted other insects hatching. When the weather is right, the little BWO’s show themselves.
Water temps are the coldest ever. We are getting readings in the 50’s as far down as Reliance. Most afternoons are foggy and cool on the river , even in the summer warmth.