Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fishing Report

Hiwassee River

Conditions remain favorable for wading anglers on the Hi. TVA is still filling the lakes to summer pool and we are only seeing pulsing schedules right now. The drift boat fishermen have been concentrating on the middle and lower sections and have reported good results as a whole.
Guided a couple from Alabama yesterday on the lower river and had a very nice day. Lots of tan caddis present and the fish were taking tan EHC size 18 on the dead drift and the swing. Lots of rising fish throughout the day and approx. 50 made their way to the net. Not nearly the size of the trout being caught on the upper river, but fun to catch anyway.
Water temp. was 59 degrees and it was crystal clear. Beautiful weather with very few clouds in the sky. The fish were still holding in the middle of the river, working the seams and the slower water. This should continue on the lower section until the water temps start to creep up. This is a very under fished section of the river that always seems to produce well for us in the early spring.
The closer we get to Memorial Day the better the flows should look for drifting the upper river. This depends on the amount of rain, of course, and how fast TVA can get the reservoirs up to the desired levels. It's the same game every year, but this year should prove to be phenomenal on the Hiwassee River. It will definitely be worth the wait!      Steve    

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Here it is folks....March 1st! The day that many of us in the local fishing business consider the first day of Spring. Flies are tied, boats are clean, rods are rigged and trips are being booked. Looking forward to another great year!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Look

We're proud to be launching our new website! It will go live soon. Check it out by clicking HERE. As always, it's a work in progress. Please let us know if there's anything you'd like to see there. Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fishing Report

The Tellico and Hiwassee Rivers continue to improve through the season. The record rainfall we have had this year has really improved all aspects of our fishing. Insect life, water temps, fish activity and water levels have all been pretty darn good. This has been the best year for our fisheries in recent memory.

Tellico River

The Tellico has held on to great water levels and temps this year. The stocking has moved up to the section from North River to the state line only, which is a normal occurrence for this time of year. That's my favorite section anyway, so I don't mind at all.
Trout are being taken on almost any nymph pattern, as long as you present it well and aren't afraid to add split shot in the deeper sections. The BHPT and Prince nymphs continue to be about all you need to carry for a days fishing. If you are a streamer man like me, don't forget to bring some size 6 olive buggers along. Any color will work, as long as they are olive!
The wild streams continue to produce with large, bushy dries such as a humpy or EHC. The key here is a good drift with a fly that is riding high. This is the place, years ago, when I learned how important the dry fly shake is when fishing to wild trout. They will not look at a water logged dry fly! You have to shake it and make it ride as high as possible to fool them. Either that or keep changing flies to keep a fresh one in play.

Hiwassee River

The Hi has been phenomenal this year! Between the rains and the Delayed Harvest regs that went into effect a couple years ago, the Hi has really been able to keep some healthy, happy fish that are more than willing to bite a fly. Our water temps are in the lower 60's right now and insect life is crazy. Dry flies have been used exclusively on my trips over the last month or so. Between the caddis and isonychia naturals on the water, we've been able to fish dries from ramp to ramp with great success. That's hard to beat in our neck of the woods.
The standard nymph and streamer patterns mentioned above are working as well. People have reported good catch rates on just about everything they've tried. Of course some things work better than others. Just go with what you have the most confidence in and adjust accordingly.

I'm Back!

After resigning my post as Head Guide for another outfitter in the area, I'm pleased to announce that I am back! I hope I will now have some time to keep this blog updated, since before I was paid to keep theirs updated instead of mine. Well, no more! They are on their own and I'm pleased to start building my reader list again. Stay tuned for some fresh content and maybe even a FB page....if you guys are in to that sort of thing.