Hiwassee_River_DSCN2711Posted by SEA Guide Bill Stranahan - TVA is still operating one generator 24/7, this water flow combined with the runoff from the upper river is giving us the perfect water level for spring time float fishing. I fished with Bob and John Franks last Thursday and it was great. The top water bite kicked in around noon and the river was on fire till around 5pm. Every fish that came into the IMG_0049boat was taken on dry fly's. I really don't know how many since I lost count after the first hour. The Hendricksons are coming off regularly now and we are also having a nice mix of small gray caddis and blue wing actions as well. I can say that there were three of us on the water in boats that day and all of us had an excellent day fishing dry fly’s.
I had the day off this past Saturday so i decided to do a quick run down theriver in the afternoon. I witnessed one of the heaviest caddis hatches in the middle section of the river that i have seen in a long time. This was a blister hatch of small gray caddis. You know the kind where you have bugs landing on your sunglasses and the back of your neck kind of hatches. The fish were rising well but many seemed to keying in on the emerging pupa's. The mayfly mix kicked up a little later and after a bit the fish seemed to prefer the top water bite
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Any way you look at it the river is fishing great and we have excellent water flows. Best of all though is we've got Bugs, lots and lots of Bugs!!!