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