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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Shop Hours

Effective Nov. 1, 2010 we will go to our "winter hours" schedule. We will be closed Mon.-Thurs. and open Fri.-Sun. from 8:00 to 4:00. We will still continue to do our guided trips 7 days a week, so you can still contact Steve for any info. on these.

Gift Certificates

We are pleased to offer our gift certificates for guided trips again this year for the holiday season. These were VERY popular last year. They make the perfect gift for the man or woman "who has everything". They are available for our trips as well as our fly fishing classes. Don't forget to add one of these to your wish list.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tellico Brown Trout

Here is a fine example of a wild Tellico River brown trout. She measured 17" and was all decked out in her finest spawning colors. These fish are on the prowl right now looking for a mate. If big, wild brown trout turn you on, then now is the time to be stalking them. Their hormones are raging and they are alot more careless than normal. If you go, good luck. Just remember: Please don't harrass them if you happen to find them on their beds. Just let them do their thing. These fish are not stocked, so their future population depends on them having a successful spawn. Let's help them out all we can.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fishing Report

Hiwassee River

The fishing remains good on the Hi. Still plenty of fish and good water temps.. TVA is running some different flow schedules now, so keep a close eye on those when planning a trip. They have been wader friendly lately, at least from my observation. If wading was my only option to fish the Hi, I would get on the water as early as possible in order to take advantage of the low flows. At least that's how it is now. TVA can change it at any time though. But, as always, the earlier that you get on the water, the more options you will have. In other words, you're not wasting the day doing crazy stuff like home improvement or yard work. You'll be out taking care of what's really important: GETTING YOUR FISHING FIX FOR THE WEEK!
The fish have not been very picky lately as far as what they will eat. The standard Hi fly arsenal will work fine. You may have to work it a little deeper on some days, but they will bite. Don't forget about swinging those soft hackles. That has been the most productive technique for my clients lately.

Tellico River

Not alot to say about the Tellico DH except that it is fishing GREAT right now. We have been catching 13 and 14" bows like crazy. They are all fat and healthy too. Great fights with every hook up. You will not horse these fish in on 5x tippet.
I read in some forums that people are thinking that they did not stock the DH on time this year because when they went fishing they didn't catch anything. They stocked it as usual. Just because you didn't catch or see any fish does not mean that they aren't there. They haven't really spread out alot yet, but they are there. In fact, we caught about 20 out of the same run the other day. So believe me, they are there.
The hot flies on the DH have been #6 olive woolly buggers and #14 egg patterns. You have to get them down though. So don't be afraid to add some split shot if needed. Water conditions are still on the low side, so be careful in how you wade and approach the areas that you fish. Water temps are mid 50's. Conditions are almost perfect. We could use some rain though to get the levels up some. But all in all, I got no complaints. Great fishing and not crowded. The changing leaves make a great bonus too. Hard to ask for much more!