June marks the beginning of summer and some of the best trout fishing of the season. The weather has stabilized and we have dependable flow patterns on our TVA tailraces in the southeast. The cold winter snow and rainfall is providing us with a good supply of icy cold water in the rivers even though the weather is warm. These recent pics are what some of our clients have managed to get to the boat during the last few weeks. I look for many more to come to hand this summer.
Hiwassee River - fishing great . We are currently drifting from the powerhouse to Reliance. Sulfurs are doing their thing now with big Isonychias just around the corner. Dry fly fishing is good. Mark has developed some top secret soft hackle patterns that are real trout magnets.
Toccoa River - beginning to get back on target. We have done a few trips there. The water is still an opaque green and low as TVA tries to get the lake level to summer pool after the dam repair project. The good news here is that we have caught a few real trophies, DNR has re-stocked the river heavily, and we should be back in full swing here before long.
Holston River - below Cherokee has been an excellent producer for us. During May the caddis hatch was maddening. The fish were finicky, but eating on top. Jake tied up an electric caddis that brought some real bruisers to the boat.The Holston will fish well for June and July also. Later in the season we want to play around with the smallmouth here on a new lower float stretch we have secured.
Clinch River - has just become fishable. We look forward to some big fish on small flies here in the coming months. As always, call or email for an up–to-the-minute report or to book a trip.
Captain Dane Law
Mark caught this nice bow during caddis on a two boat trip with Jake and Mark on the Holston... the river is on fire right now.
Mark has begun to put in a little time on the Toccoa and here is some of what it has produced. The water is a great level and a good temperature. The color is an opaque emerald, not quite clear. Best fishing has been sub-surface which has a produced a few real bruisers. Not a numbers game, but a chance at some really nice fish.
Here is Tony, our first 20 inch club member for 2011 with a 23-inch rainbow. Good job.
Auburn grads, Chance Johnson and Jeremy Pipkin fishing the Hi with Petey; catching some bows - the largest being 15".
We have experienced a glorious April on the Hiwassee with lots of rainbows like this one and bugs like we have never seen. Plenty of mayflies and an occasional caddis blizzard. May promises to be more great fishing as different flow levels open up more segments of the river to fishing.