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