Fly Fishing Guides
|The fly fishing guides of Southeastern Anglers offer flyfishing float trips on Tennessee's Hiwassee River near Reliance, Tennessee. Join us for on a drift boat trip, fly fishing for trout on the famous Hiwassee River. You'll enjoy dry fly fishing, nymphing and streamer fishing for Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Hiwassee River is an excellent year-round trout fishery.|
Flyfishing on the The Hiwassee River:
Southeastern Anglers runs guided fly fishing float trips on the Hiwassee River tailwater below the Apalachia Powerhouse in the Reliance, Tennessee area. Hiwassee River tailwater begins below the Apalachia Powerhouse located in the Cherokee National Forest. The river hosts major insect hatches that make for some great dry fly fishing, including sulphurs, blue winged olives, and isonychia bicolor, as well as lots of baitfish that can be imitated by flyfishing with streamers.
The Hiwassee River is impounded behind Apalachia Dam (in Apalachia Reservoir) and sent through a pipeline which is tunneled through the mountains for eight miles, then fed through the Apalachia Powerhouse to generate electricity, and back out into the main river channel, where the fly fishing can be spectacular in the cold, cold water coming from underground!
The Hiwassee River is a year-round fishery with the possibility of a trophy Hiwassee River trout on a fly rod anytime during the year. Each year many trophy size rainbow and brown trout are caught in the scenic Hiwassee tailwater.
The Hiwassee River in Reliance, Tennessee is a tailrace (or tailwater) fishery. The constant water temperatures create a river where you can flyfish for trout year-round. Southeastern Anglers most frequent fly fishing float trip is from the Apalachia Powerhouse 6 miles downstream to Reliance TN, which provides a full day of fly fishing for trout. The lower section is from Reliance, TN to Hwy. 411, which is another 6 miles. The Hiwassee River runs 20 miles from the Apalachia Powerhouse to the Hiwassee's confluence with the Ocoee River. The Hiwassee River is a great fly fishing river and is close enough for flyfishing near Atlanta GA, Nashville TN fly fishing, and flyfishing near Knoxville TN and Birmingham AL.
Fly Fishing Techniques
The Hiwassee headwaters rises in the upper Chattahoochee National Forest on the north side of Unicoi Gap, with a drainage of 750,000 acres in northeast Georgia. It flows north into N. Carolina's Nantahala National Forest before turning west into Tennessee. The Hiwassee Tailwater fishery was the first river in Tennessee to be recognized as a State Scenic River. The upper river features whitewater rapids, deep runs, fast riffles, and wide shoals that provide excellent trout habitat and great fly fishing. The Hiwassee tailwater contains rainbow trout and brown trout. The upper river has a 3 mile long designated "Quality Zone" from Plum Branch at Big Bend to the Railroad Bridge in Reliance with special regulations to protect the trout.
The Hiwassee River is famous for it’s great dry fly fishing, as dry flies can be found anytime of the year. The mayfly, caddis and stonefly hatches change with the seasons. Our busiest fly fishing season begins in spring with the early mayflies and then a busy hatch of grannom caddis. Late spring brings blue winged olives and the sulphur dry flies (or PMD) hatch. The little yellow "sulphur" mayflies end just as the isonychia bicolor dry fly begins to get active in the summer. The Isonychias are one of our favorite mayfly hatches! We love fishing big dry flies. The Hiwassee Isonychia hatch lasts through the summer and into late fall. October Caddis keep the trout looking up through late fall as we finish out the year dry fly fishing with little baetis (blue winged olives) and white streamer patterns. The winter season can vary from sunny 60's to gray, blustery days in the 30s. The winter fishing can range from dry fly fishing with baetis and stoneflies, or slamming large white streamers to emulate a struggling shad.
Fly fishing on the Hiwassee River Tailwater is best March-November with the peak times being May to mid August, and October-November. The Hiwassee River is also a great destination for large group or corporate fly fishing outings involving 4 – 10 anglers as we can accomodate multi drift boat trips.
The Hiwassee area offers a variety of other activities for the non-fishing people in your group. Whitewater rafting, wing shooting, hiking, and camping are located in the immediate area. Etowah TN and Copper Hill TN are located 20 and 40 minutes from the Hiwassee River Tailwater and host a variety of antique and specialty stores and scenic landmarks. The Cherohala Skyway draws cycling enthusiast from around the country to cycle across the mountaintops.
For the fly angler, the Hiwassee River can be divided into three sections. Each section has its own unique character and fishes best during different seasons.
Southeastern Anglers fly fishing outfitter is located on the banks of the Hiwassee River at Reliance, Tennessee; feel free to give us a call for an up to the minute flyfishing report (toll free 1-866-558-7688).
For more information, visit Southeastern Anglers web site at http://www.southeasternanglers.com