Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/25/2018

Things have changed a lot since the last report. Unseasonably warm weather has kicked off the first hatches of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains while an extremely wet February means all of the tailwaters are blown out across middle and east Tennessee.

If you want to fish in the Smokies, nymphs and streamers will be your best bet unless you encounter a hatch. In that case, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be in your arsenal as well as Blue-winged Olives.

For now, just forget about the tailwaters in the short term. continued rain means it will be at least another month before the tailwaters are fishable again. With luck, we can start thinking about some streamer float trips on the Caney Fork in mid to late March, although that may be optimistic. In the meantime, head for the mountains and enjoy chasing the wild trout there.

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Hiwassee Is On Fire



February through early May is my favorite time to fish the Hiwassee. The sweet spot though is late March into early April when the Hendricksons and Blue-Olives are hatching as well as various caddis and stoneflies. The last time I hit it right was back during my college days. In other words, it has been a few years too long. That is mostly my fault though and one I full intended to rectify this past Sunday.

Easter turned out a little different than originally planned and with my schedule suddenly open, I decided to take advantage of the free time. By the middle of the day I was headed southeast. The hope of mayflies and rising trout had me excited like a kid on Christmas morning.

My original plan involved hiking in somewhere in the Big Bend area but when I got to the river, the crowds were more than manageable so I just fished close to the car. The bugs were there and the fish were seemingly starving. I'll spare all of the details and try to resist bragging but will say this: the fishing was phenomenal and I probably caught more fish in those five or six hours than I've ever caught on the Hiwassee, and I've had some great days. Here are a few sights and trout from my day.

Redbuds

Hiwassee Brown Trout

Hiwassee average rainbow trout

Rainbow trout on the Hiwassee with great colors

Nice rainbow trout from the Hiwassee

8 comments:

  1. David
    Colorful trout, how far is the Hiwassee from your home? Never fish it, is it similar to the Elk? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, it is about 1.5-2 hours depending on how fast I am driving. It is more like a very large mountain stream. By large, I mean it is one of Tennessee's largest trout tailwaters, but by mountain stream I mean it is very rocky with lots of bedrock ledges. This creates lots of little pools and runs plus some very large pools so it fishes a lot like a mountain stream on low water.

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  2. Love that set of transition photos.

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    1. Thanks! This is a great time of year that produces a lot of those moments to enjoy.

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  3. All those trout...think my fire alarm just went off!

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    1. This is, in my opinion, the best time of year to wade fish the Hiwassee. If you ever get a chance to fish it then you'll see what I mean. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. David were the Hendrickson hatching consistently yet? I'm going this weekend and wondering if I need to tie up some extras?

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    3. They were coming off pretty good and should be even better now. The dogwoods are in bloom so it is time...

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