Fly Fishing Adventures
in the Southern Appalachians

Spring season has been outstanding so far. Early summer will be great also. The bugs are out on all of our major waters now.

  • The Toccoa River is fishing well with sulfurs peaking now. Dry fly action with the big boys coming from large nymphs on the bottom.
  • The Hiwassee is holding the best trout population of several years. Sulfurs are starting. We are currently wade fishing here and will begin drift boat trips on the upper river on May 29th. We will have some weekdays before then. We are expecting great dry fly fishing at the stairsteps for June.
  • The tributaries in the Tellico basin are fishing well with a variety of bugs coming off. The brook trout in the headwaters of our favorite streams are fat and plentiful now.
  • We have great flows to drift the Clinch River now. A few sulfurs down low on calm days. Of all the streams in the southeast, the Clinch is currently holding the best population of large fish. They are not always easy to catch. Bring your A game. If you have never fished it, it is like fishing a large spring creek in a drift boat. Stealth and presentation are critical. Early mornings are best.

“It’s all good”. Our southern Appalachian streams and tailwaters are happening now. The bugs are on and the trout are rising.

Hiwassee River - Drift the lower or wade the upper. It doesn’t matter, fish are everywhere. Hendricksons, Blue Wings, Caddis and more.

Toccoa River – good flows came a little late this year, but we can drift it all now. Good hatches. Big nymphs for bigger fish.

Tellico River – Perfect levels for wading. Bows, Browns and Brookies. Quills, Little stoneflies, Caddis and it is time for Drakes.

We are barely into our early spring season and already things are starting out big. Our twenty-inch club has two new members, Jim and Richard with a brown and a rainbow trout from our local tailwaters. 2010 is going to be a great year on our east Tennessee rivers and mountain streams. The weather has been right and the adequate rains have our reservoirs in great shape for the season. We have good fish numbers and size with plenty of bugs for this year.