Water flow: variable - dam regulated 500-2500 CFS
Visibility: 48 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 9am - 5pm
Best stretch: Powerhouse to the Stair steps
Best access point: Train trestle boat ramp
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Blue winged olives- several species Isonychia bicolor Hendricksons Sulphurs Caddis - several species Stoneflies
Fish species: Rainbow Trout , Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Fishing season: Year round
Nearest airport: Chattanooga, TN.
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Intermediate Full Sink Fly Line
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. ...
The upper river features an abundance of whitewater, deep runs, fast riffles, and big shoals that provide excellent fish habitat.
The Hiwassee River is most noted for its wonderful dry fly fishing, as top water action can be found most anytime of the year. The hatches change with the calendar, as we’ll see many species of insects throughout the year. The year begins in the spring with the early mayflies followed closely behind by the large hatch of grannom caddis. Late spring ushers in true blue winged olives and the beginnings of the sulphur hatch. The little yellow mayflies wrap up just as the large isonychias are beginning to get active in the summer heat. The Isonychias are one of our premier hatches as everyone loves fishing large dry flies and the hatch lasts through the summer and into late fall. Big October Caddis keep us busy through the late fall as we wrap up the year with little baetis and white streamer patterns. The winter season can be some of the best, with the larger brown trout being more active. The southeast Tennessee winters are mild compared to other parts of the country and winter fishing is under utilized. The fishing holds well as the winter bite can range from baetis, little stoneflies, or even large white streamers for shad kill fish during the winter delayed harvest season.
From October through March the river above Reliance is designated catch and release. All trout are protected under delayed harvest regulations.
Drift boat fly fishing, and some wade fishing . Water releases are constant and predictable. Streamer and nymph fishing great with dry fly action in the afternoon and calm days
Catch and release now through March. The Hiwassee River is the only tailwater in the area with fall and winter catch and release regulations. Excellent fishing conditions exist. The streamer bite is on ! 12/02/2013