Hiwassee River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Hiwassee River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Book a trip. Change your rigs, techniques, and flies as conditions change. Streamers, nymphs, and dries. Soft hackles and emergers early. Dry fly afternoons. Our guides are on fish.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Hiwassee River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Southeastern Anglers

Water flow: variable - dam regulated 500-2500 CFS

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 63 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10am - 6pm

Best stretch: Powerhouse to Reliance or below Reliance depending on flows

Best access point: Train trestle boat ramp

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Isonychias, BWO's, caddis.

Fish species: Rainbow Trout , Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year round

Nearest airport: Chattanooga, TN.

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Hiwassee River Description

The Hiwassee scenic River in Reliance, Tennessee is a tailrace fishery. The constant water temperatures provide for year-round trout fishing. The Hiwassee tailwater begins in the Cherokee National Forest as it flows from TVA’s Appalachia Powerhouse. This section is about 21 miles long. The scenery on the river is unparalleled, as it was the first river in Tennessee to be recognized as a State Scenic River. ...

Techniques & Tips

Drift boat on the upper river. Nymph with dries always possible. Small streamers also producing fish.

7-Day Forecast

Great fall fishing, cool and crisp mornings and warm afternoons. Delayed harvest season is now open.. We are drifting the upper river float trips from the powerhouse to Big Bend or Reliance. This is our premiere section. Fishing is good. Dry dropper, nymphing and small streamers. Small blue wing olives for dry fly fishing. 12/11/2017

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