Hiwassee Angler is the only full service fly shop in the area. We are located in the heart of some of the best fly fishing that East TN has to offer. We offer guided fly fishing for trout, smallmouth bass and striper. We also offer fly fishing classes. Visit our website by clicking HERE.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fishing Report

Fishing continues to be impressive on the Hi. Everyone we speak with in the shop reports good catch rates as well as some good size fish being caught. We remain very optimistic and think that the fishing will continue to improve throughout the season.
The top producing flies continue to be the size 16 tan EHC and size 10 olive BH woolly buggers. We still have lots of big sulphurs coming off, but the fish have really been keying in on the caddis for their top water meals. Watched several sulphurs float right through a pod of  rising fish. The caddis were not as lucky though.  
The water temp remains perfect at 58 degrees. The recreational flows have begun and summer is in full swing on the Hi. The trout stocking continues and the numbers of fish remain strong.
Our striper run will begin this month. I've heard reports of some already spotted in the river, but I've yet to see any myself. These fish are truly a nuisance and are hard on the trout population, but damn they sure are fun to catch. Nothing like laying into a 20 - 30 pound striper that's cruising along in a trout stream. They are extremely strong and fight like crazy. One of the hardest fighting fish that you'll ever tangle with in freshwater.
Over the years we've developed quite a following of clients that book our guides for a shot at catching these migrating fish. They can be hard to locate, especially on a large tailwater like the Hi, but once you find them they usually eat. And when they hit, hold on! It's definitely worth the price of admission.
All signs continue to point to this being an epic year for our fishery. The drought is behind us, the delayed harvest has allowed some good fish to holdover for the season and the water temps look like they will remain good as well. If you've been wanting to try the Hi, now's the time!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Worth Watching

This is in response to the Corps of Engineers who recently banned fishing from boats below their dams. Guess they will change this policy now since they're getting hit in their pocketbook. Click HERE to check out the video where Senator Lamar Alexander spells it out to them. It's worth your time.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Smallie Float

Going to do a test run Thursday to check the possibility of offering a new smallmouth float this year. I know the water holds lots of nice fish, just not sure if we can get a boat through it or not. It's about a 4 mile float, with much of it that's not visible unless you're actually on the water. That's what we'll be checking out Thursday, so stay tuned. If this works out (fingers crossed), it may be the ultimate smallie trip that we offer. I can't wait to float it!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fishing Report

The fishing this year has been incredible. April continues to impress with better than average numbers and size of fish. With the season now upon us, we expect good things to continue. The insect activity has been on schedule and the trout have taken notice with many "dry fly" days had already. The number of fishermen has also increased as the good word about the Hi has apparently spread. We've had some wadeable flows as of late too, and that always brings people to the river to wet a line.
The #16 Hendrickson's, #20 BWO's and #18 dark EH caddis have been the choice for dry fly enthusiasts. Others have opted for olive buggers with standard nymph droppers or chosen to swing dark soft hackles for their catches. Honestly, there are so many combos that are working now that I can't begin to list them all here. The important thing is that people have been able to wade and to put fish in their nets.
Our water temps should hold up again this year. To our knowledge the pump back is still out of service. That helps to keep the temps down since that process of re-circulating tends to warm the water up before discharge.
As you can see, several factors are in place to make this one of the best years in recent memory on the Hi. We have lots of hungry fish, they are swimming in cold water and they are looking up at insects. That's hard to beat if you like to fly fish for trout!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Great Lakes Steelhead

Just got back from a phenomenal trip out to the Great Lakes region of Ohio and Pennsylvania. A good friend of mine invited me along on a steelhead trip and I was quick to accept! It was a return trip for him, but would be my first time to that area. Especially my first time to that area in search of the migrating steelhead that the area is famous for. Needless to say, we had a blast!
The town we stayed in was right on the eastern shore of Lake Erie. To say that the town (or the whole region for that matter) was fishermen friendly would be an understatement! The people were great, the prices were good and the atmosphere is definitely "fishy", in a good way, of course. The whole area becomes enchanted with the steelhead run. I have never seen so many people walking around a hotel in waders and boots in my life. I loved it! And despite the intense draw, NONE of the streams were crowded....not at all! I guess that would be due to the fact that there are so many Lake Erie tribs to fish that everyone stays pretty spread out. Whatever the case, the crowds were non-existent on the actual streams. We did have some good interaction with other anglers at our hotel though. Typical fishing talk you know. Some came from as far away as Colorado and Maine to fish the run. Good times!
I'm posting a couple fish pics below from the trip. More will follow soon on our newsletter. See the post below for info. on how to subscribe to it if interested.
We are currently considering the possibility of hosting trips to this area each year. They have great runs of steelhead, brown trout and smallmouth, all fresh from Lake Erie. The runs are obviously spread out over the year. We have the local intel in place to ensure that we have the best chance for success during our time there. IF YOU ARE AT ALL INTERESTED in the possibility of participating in one of these hosted trips, don't hesitate to give Steve a call or email. They make great family trips and can even be done over a long weekend. If we get enough interest, we will definitely pursue hosting these trips. If not, I'll just go by myself. Either way, I'm going back!

Nice Buck....on the swing!
Dropback Hen