Fly Fishing Adventures
in the Southern Appalachians

use 2 possiblyWell… if you looking for a “state of the rivers” update don’t watch the news.  Stay tuned in here.  All fish like water.  So they are all happy as clams everywhere right now.  December saw some of the largest rainfall amounts on all of our watersheds that we have seen.  Many of the reservoirs reached summer pool levels for the second time of the year before the month was out.  Most all of the streams and rivers were unfishable for December and most of them still are due to high flows.  But remember … the fish are down there and happy with nobody messing with them and plenty of food floating by.  These now high streams and rivers will be in the fishable range soon and will be excellent. I am talking the Holston, Tellico, and Cumberland mainly here.IMG 4615

The Hiwassee River – It is Big Fish time on the Hiwassee now !   Now through March is probably going to be the best opportunity for large fish on the HI.  The water levels are currently a little high but very fishable.  The big browns are post spawn and eating shad. They are very comfortable with current conditions.  The daylight levels of winter being a little more subdued coupled with the green tinge in the water and baitfish have the browns (and larger bows) eager to bite.  We are not doing our typical summertime 30 fish days on a trip out, but the average fish size on a day trip is twice that of typical summertime fishing.  These photos are from the last few days.  Give us a call, Drive over to Reliance, and get your big fish on.IMG 8620


IMAGE 2It's HI time to schedule a fly fishing adventure, and with it create a lasting memory and a story.  SEA is making great fly fishing trips happen daily now.  The Hiwassee river is teaming with fish and bugs.  Flows are perfect for daily drift boat trips on the upper river.  The menu consists of sulfurs, caddis, stoneflies, and of course smoked chicken.  This past week we even had a morning hatch.  Go figure.  Several of our other favorite local waters are fishing great right now too.  The big HO at Knoxville is showing us some real tippet busting rainbows and the smallmouth bite is already on.  The water and conditions in the Tellico basin are also perfect as we print this.  We plan on resuming our Cumberland river trips in July.  2015 is going to be the year you really start hearing stories about the great fishing on the Cumberland once again.  As always, just give us a call or shoot an email and we will get you on the books.  Plenty of good dates avilable.  Chicken is in the smoker.  It's HI time to schedule a fly fishing adventure.

photo 3Wow what a season we have unfolding! It only happens once in a Blue Moon !

All indications are that we have some magical water coming up on the Hiwassee River from May 11th through the 20th. We should see a near one turbine flow daily for the period. This is a great river level for May fishing on the Hiwassee. The upper river and the seldom fished middle will be very fishable. It also means that we will be using the drift boats on these sections to catch all of the big spring hatches including the Hendricksons, Blue Wings, Caddis, and the Sulphurs. We currently have good slots available for this period. The dates are approaching soon.

Beginning on Saturday, May 23rd we get the guaranteed daily release schedules for the summer. This means we will be drifting daily from the Powerhouse thru the gorge to Reliance.

As always, contact us for additional info or to book your trip with us. Call Dane at 770-655-9210.

Tic and Client HiwasseeIt’s that time again !  Time to dust off the long rods and think about
getting out on the water for a little rod bending.  We are starting to see
some good insect activity which means the dry fly bite is probably on by
the time you read this and can get your schedule together for a fishing
trip. For the next 45 days or so we will wading the upper Hiwassee and
Tellico rivers and its tribs, and drift fishing the lower Hiwassee, Toccoa,
and Holston river below Cherokee.  We could also see some windows on the
Clinch river before long.  For tasty morsels, we have a smorgasbord on the
way.  The small stones are finishing up with small blue wings possible at
any time. The new fare consists of black caddis, and the beginning of the
Hendrickson hatch. The fish are definitely starting to look up.

The fishing forecast for east Tennessee couldn’t be better. We have enjoyed several years now of adequate moisture in the region. Although a pain for us to endure, the late cold weather in the area this year has helped to provide
us with good cold water for the spring and summer. All of the tailwaters are holding quality fish.  Here are a few of our latest pics from recent trips.  Call or email today and we can get you on the books.

Crisp air and smoking hot, reel burning trout. The fall bite is on ! As the
weather cools a bit and the days get shorter, the larger fish tend to make
themselves more available.  The next few months will produce more large
fish that any other time of year.  Just put on a sweater and a hat and lets
go get them .  These photos are from a few of our trips during the last
month. These are not typical, and your results may vary. But this is what
we are going for now.

The streamer bite is very good and it is your best bet for one of the
beasts pictured. Calm afternoons are giving great Blue Wing hatches for
some smaller fish on dry flies.

November and December will a great time to get out and chase some trout
with holiday schedules and a little more time to sneak off from the grind
and make some memories happen.

The smoked chicken is always hot.  Come and get your fish on.  Don't forget
your Buff.


P6010023 2 300x225What a season ! What a year.  The best fishing report is short on words and long on fish.  The Hiwassee is incredible.  Great flows and water temps at 56 degrees. Isonychia hatch has begun.  Mainly dry fly fishing. Our other venues are also doing well.

We are looking forward to getting started on the Cumberland in August.  Watch for those pics and reports.

We still have plenty of good dates available, next week and next month or beyond.

Call us, let's go fly fishing.

Steve and me 3-18-148 Fat TuesdayGood ColorThese photos are a glimpse of what we have been up to for the last couple of weeks.  All from our guided trips on local waters.  Looks like the weather really breaks starting in April, so it is time to dust off the fly poles, tie on a parachute, and hit the water.  The Hiwassee river is fishing excellent.  We will be doing a combination of float and wade trips here as flows indicate. Lots of fish numbers, Hendricksons starting, Dave Kerfield 19in 031914and some larger fish being releasCharles london 031314ed.  The Toccoa river is much improved over past years with better fish numbers, fish size, and caddis already popping.  The Hendricksons will be in April also.  With the dam repair project in its second year after completion, I think we are good to go here. April and May should be awesome.  I recall 10 years ago after a similar repair project at Blue Ridge and the fishing was off the chart.  We are beginning to see some suitable John 16in brown 030914flow rates on the Clinch river, BTurner 032714especially on the weekends.  This will always be a technical river to fish, but possibly very rewarding.  You need your A game here with long casts and small flies.  Kind of like a day at the Masters versus your local golf club.  The Big Holston below Cherokee is ready to go too. TVA has Cherokee lake level where they want it, and flows are correct for our drift trips.  I predict some of our larger rainbows of spring will come from the Holston.

Give us a shout and book those April and May dates, we can target whatever is best on your scheduled date.  If you want guaranteed dates for floats on theupper Hiwassee in June and July, get those dates booked too, they are filling now.

As always – call anytime just to talk fishing.  Dane.

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