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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fishing Report

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. This is a very busy time of year for us. Between the fly shop, booking trips, guiding trips, tying flies, exploring new waters and doing a little personal fishing here and there, there's not a whole lot of time left for posting on the blog. I know that it's been awhile since I posted a fishing report, so I told myself last night that I would get this done ASAP today so here it goes.
The fishing on the Tellico and Hiwassee Rivers is red hot right now. Spring hatches have begun and we have some risers throughout the day, but the fish have still not really committed to top water yet. The caddis and quill gordon are here so it's just a matter of time before they start looking up. We still have some winter stones around too. Continue to fish the standard nymph and streamer patterns that got you through the winter until you see some rising fish. Then you can try your dry fly luck. Don't be afraid to drop a soft hackle off the back of that dry. Sometimes that is not a rise that you're seeing. It is a bulge from a trout taking an emerger just below the surface. If they are bulging, a soft hackle emerger pattern will usually work. By using a dry-dropper rig you have both your bases covered.
Sorry for the short report. Since I began writing this I have booked 2 guide trips. See what I mean by being busy lately? Not complaining of course. We love it! This is gonna be a GREAT year! Hope to see ya soon!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pre-Spawn Action

Here are some pics of this year's pre-spawn bows. Very limited window on this action. Call now to book your trip!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Wait is Over!

As you can see below the smallmouth bite is on! These fish are feeding up after a long winter in anticipation of their upcoming spawn.
We scouted an area the other day that we knew held plenty of these fish in hopes that the warmer weather had them moving up and feeding. We caught several nice smallies and it is only going to get better over the next few weeks. If you like fly fishing for smallies give us a call and book your trip now. We also do guided trips for spin fishermen. No matter the method we can put you on these fish.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Big Day Planned

Tying up some flies today. Got a big day planned tomorrow. Going to scout out some new water to guide on. If this works out like I think it will it will be the best float trip available in this area!