Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tellico River Fishing Report

    The Tellico River remains a top fishery throughout the Delayed Harvest season. The water is gin clear, and at last check was running at 41 degrees in the DH section. The trout continue to take common nymph patterns that are dredged deep through obvious runs. We also caught several stripping size 6 olive buggers through deeper channels.
    On our guided trip earlier this month we got to spend some time on the North River as well. We were looking for some post-spawn brown trout, which sadly eluded us on this trip, but we did catch several wild rainbow trout in a short period of time. We were fishing in the lower stretches and were pleased to see such good populations of fish that far down the river. North River continues to improve as a wild trout fishery each year. This time of year provides virtual solitude on that river, and the fishing is as good as it gets on any wild stream in this state. That combination is hard to find anywhere else, especially in the Smokies. Look for North River to become a destination fishery in the future. I know it already is for several that are in the know, but I think it will continue to gain in popularity.
    Speaking of wild streams in Tennessee, many people simply don't realize how good North and Bald Rivers can be almost any time of year. With several miles of good trout water available you can easily fish some sections the entire day without encountering another fisherman. That simply can't be said for the Smokies, which at times feels like a circus environment due to the shear volume of traffic that you have to deal with throughout the day. The solitude alone makes our streams worth the trip. Come check them out for yourself. You'll be glad you did!

Gift Certificates Available

We still have gift certificates for guided fishing trips available for those fishermen on your list that are hard to buy for. They can be delivered before Christmas and really do make the perfect gift for anyone on your list who enjoys fishing.

Thomas & Thomas Fine Fly Rods

We are pleased to announce that Tellico Angler will now exclusively provide T&T rods to our customers. As always, our customers are welcome to bring whatever rod they choose to fish with on our guided trips. However, for those that want us to provide the rods, or if they just want to test drive a T&T rod, we will have a large selection to choose from.
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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