Hiwassee River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Hiwassee River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish slow with patience. Striper fishing is good early and late. Smallmouth bite is good also.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Hiwassee River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Southeastern Anglers

Water flow: 2000 CFS

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10am - 5pm

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.

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. We are fishing dry dropper and single dries. Small streamers also producing fish. Big streamers for stripers.

7-Day Forecast

Weekday conditions are better than weekends now due to flows. Striper bite is good. Water is warming some and trout fishing has slowed. This river will be one of our main targets again for trout starting in October. 08/19/2019


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