Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3. Quill Gordon Mayflies
4. Blue Quill Mayflies
5. Little Brown Stoneflies
6. Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms)
7. Hendricksons and Red Quills
8. Little Short Horned Sedges
9. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Tailwaters - Hiwassee River
The Apalachia Powerhouse controls the releases to this beautiful river. If you forget
the trout are stocked, you may consider it a great dry fly fishing tailwater. It does
have some very nice holdover trout, both rainbows and browns.
The Hiwassee River is different from most tailwaters in that it drains a lake about
eleven miles above the powerhouse. The water flows through a large pipe and is
released from the powerhouse into the tailwater via one or two turbines. If you are
planning on wading, It is imperative you obtain the release schedule before traveling
to this tailwater to fish. The river can be waded in places with one turbine running
but it isn't easy and may not be safe for those who are not very familiar with the river.
The upper section, from the powerhouse down to Reliance is considered the best
section but the section below Reliance can also be good during the early and late
parts of the year during cooler weather. It can become a little warm during the hot
summer unless the discharges and strong and steady.
The thing that make this tailwater good is its hatches. There are many species of
mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies and midges and lots of other trout food available in
the river. Its dry fly fishing can be excellent. Large trout can also be taken on
streamers, especially during low light conditions.
The upper section of the Hiwassee includes a 3-mile long trophy section in which
artificial lures and flies only can be used. It has a 2 fish creel limit of 14” minimum
length. This helps reduce the number of meat head anglers.
Springtime is a good time to fish the Hiwassee provided the flows are good but so is
the Fall season. Larger trout can be taken in the fall on nymphs and streamers.
Most of the better dry fly fishing occurs in April, May and June but trout can be
Access to the river is great. You can reach just about all of its ten miles of water on
foot. Only a section or two requires a moderately long hike. Be sure to check out
our Perfect Fly hatch chart before you go. There is also a lot more information on
the site about fishing the Hiwassee River.