Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fishing Reports

Hiwassee River

The delayed harvest season is in full swing now. TWRA has stocked the river with some very nice fish and good numbers of them. We've had great weather, including some much needed rain, and things are looking very promising for the winter fishery.

We've had good success throwing some big, meaty streamers on sinking lines, but also swinging some tiny soft hackles and even dry flies. The fish seem to be hungry and more than willing to cooperate with a good presentation.
Water temps have remained in the low 60's and we have the occasional caddis and BWO flurry, but no defined hatches to speak of. The winter stones have not shown themselves yet, but the mild weather has certainly kept a varied mixture of insect activity going throughout the day.
The brown trout are certainly on the move looking to pair up for a successful spawn, but I can't say that I've seen any yet. They have lots of hiding places on a big tailwater like the Hiwassee, so you just have to have faith that they are there. Not easy to spot these fish when they are generating water, or any other time for that matter.
The TWRA will continue stocking efforts on the Hi during the delayed harvest season. Rumor has it that we already have some trophy size fish stocked, and even some brook trout are going to be thrown into the mix again this year. Looks like another great season in store for those of us who enjoy fishing the Hiwassee in the colder months. You should definitely give it a try. 

Tellico River
The Tellico also has its own version of a delayed harvest season in progress now. Much like the Hiwassee mentioned above, TWRA stocks some very nice fish in here as well. The Tellico is a freestone stream, so the water levels depend entirely on rainfall here. Fortunately we've had a wet October so far and the levels are perfect for fishing right now. The water is also clear as can be, which helps us in our search for mature brown trout that are on the move and looking for a mate this time of year.
The typical streamer and nymph patterns continue to produce fish here year round. Stealth and presentation are the 2 most important concepts here. Like any freestone trout stream in the southeast, stealthy wading and appropriate colored clothing can make the difference. Running through the water or wearing your blaze orange hunting cap will probably not produce many fish for you during the day. Try to blend in and wade quietely though, and you may get a shot at a nice mature brown trout. Nothing like a good spot and stalk on a wild brown trout in gin clear water. If that doesn't excite you then you should probably find a new hobby.
Again, I haven't spotted any brown trout moving around on the Tellico, but I did spot 2 separate pairs of mating rainbows recently. I know, I know, before you bombard me with e-mails, rainbows are spring spawners, right? Well for the most part, yes. But they have been known to spawn in the fall as well. Maybe it was a so-called "false spawn" or something, I don't know, but they were definitely rainbows and they were definitely performing the spawning ritual. False spawn or not, it was still cool to watch!

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

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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.