View Full Version : tellico 1-15-09

01-15-2009, 04:09 PM
Well decidied to fish tellico today, in the cold. I started out on the North and after about 2 hours without so much as a bump I headed over to the main river. I fished just below where the North dumps into Tellico and did quite well. Every fish I caught was definitely a stocker, but in 20 degree weather, in the middle of January, who cares if it is stocked or not! I caught them all on a tandem rig with a copper john on top and a pheasant tail below..

I'm pretty sure I killed my line today with all the ice in the rod guides. Every 5 minutes or so I would have to "de-ice" the rod tip so the line would feed through. Now I know alot fo you are thinking, why doesn't he use the silicone that is supposed to stop that? Well I have that stuff, and have yet to see it work. However it could be due to user ere. I glob it on the guides, and hope for the best. Anyway, it was worth having numb feet and beet red fingers, even if I hadn't caught any. (ironically, my fingers were not beet red until after I had to unhook and release several fish!!)

01-15-2009, 04:28 PM
Thanks for the report 2wtfav. Nice to hear that you caught some fish...Fishing in the Winter is tough...the trout can be pretty darn cantankerous this time of year...you have to get your fly right under their noses or they're not biting...again glad to hear you did well...

01-15-2009, 11:46 PM
i have never fished tellico where do you start and i know where the chilhowee dam is and that is about the extent of my geographic knowledge of the area.


01-16-2009, 08:19 AM
You're killing me 2weight, that's my favorite area to fish other than the local tailwaters. I didn't make one trip last year on account of the low water & hoping the water table will be better this year so i can make up for that.
Keep on posting though, i can't wait to get up there & chase some brookies.


01-17-2009, 11:16 PM
I think you are on the wrong river if you are talking about the chilhowie dam. The best way to get to Tellico, is from 411, or 75, and just take 68 all the way until you are actually in tellico plains. Then you simply turn onto the skyway, and into the Cherokee National Forest.

As far as where to start goes, I personally never fish below the Bald River Falls. I kow alot of people do, and they do stock the lower section of Tellico heavily in the spring, but I find your get a nice mix of stockers, holdovers, and natives if you fish above the falls. And of course you cannot forget the North and Bald river. I prefer the North as to the Bald, simply because it is more accessable, and of course it has a decent popluation of brookies if you go up high enough.

Give me a shout some weekend, I'd be glad to go up there and fish with ya.

01-18-2009, 11:52 AM
i was on the wrong river so thanks. i will shout one day when the ice melts.