05-04-2008, 07:17 PM
I fished the Hiwasse this afternoon starting at big bend around 1 O clock. Caught plenty of small bows out of the fast chutes and lost one decent fish. Shortly after I headed up to the powerhouse, which is where the suprise occured. I was talking with a fellow who fishes the Hiwassee as much as any of us fish any other stream (at least 3 times a week), and he told me some suprising info. He informed me that the rainbows that they so heavely stock through out the stream do not usually hold over well. He claims that by the beginning of September that many have died off due to water temperatures. He did say that the browns hold over better, which makes sense due to their leanient temp demand. Is this really true?? Do the bows not hold over well in the HI?? And maybe this is the reason I caught over 20 9 inch bows today.. And why in the world does TWRA just not stock more borwns!? Do they have something personal against brown trout? It seems to me they have things backwards. In ALL of our tailwaters if they would stock browns like they do bows and vice versa our streams would be in better shape.