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09-02-2010, 09:45 AM
I'm heading back to the Hiawassee this weekend for 2 mornings or fishing. I hope the water temp has dropped a degree or two since my first visit 3 weeks back.

So what flies should I use? Is there ever a dry hatch here, or should I just stick with nymphing. Also what are some good nymph choices. Should I just use what I would normally use on the Clinch or SoHo?

Thanks in advance!

09-02-2010, 12:41 PM
I'll send you a pm through BT.

EDIT to add: most of which Knothead covers below.

09-02-2010, 01:25 PM
Go to www.hiwassee.net (http://www.hiwassee.net) and click on the forum. Look at the recent threads on water temps on the Hiwassee. Seem to be holding good- 66 degrees. Cooler weather in the next few days will be most helpful.
This is the Hiwassee Chapter of TU's website. Open to all and ready for questions. There is a fishing report that is helpful. Lots of information available on the website. I invite you to look it over.

09-02-2010, 07:39 PM
Trico's in the am, use size 20 Griffith's Gnat dry. Bwo's in the pm, I'll use a BH Pheasant tail size 16 with a soft hackle tied to the bend.

09-03-2010, 01:37 PM
The website given previously has a good fly box to select from. Hans is on the money. I prefer a brown hackle peacock for just about all my nymphing. The Gnat is very effective on the top.

Hans, can you fish any during the week? Have to get to the Smokies! Send a message through my website.

09-03-2010, 05:50 PM
Trico's in the am, use size 20 Griffith's Gnat dry. Bwo's in the pm, I'll use a BH Pheasant tail size 16 with a soft hackle tied to the bend.

And how deep do you usually fish your nymph. I never know what to do where the river is 1 foot one minute and 10 feet deep the next:eek:

Thanks again. I have no trico's but will try a small gnat. I guess that phessant tail win out again.

BFish - I got no message, but I think the point is mute now. Thanks for trying.

Knothead - fly box on website? I didn't see that, but did see the posts, thanks

09-03-2010, 06:42 PM

The gnat in size 20 will do fine for a trico. Since I never use a strike indicator my nymphing is done the old fashioned way. I dead drift with the bigger nymph as a point fly and a soft hackle or zebra midge on the bend. I usually tie on 12" or so of tippet material to the bend. I never really fish with anything longer than 9 ft. If you want to dredge the bottom just do some high sticking or czech nymphing with some bigger flies.

The hiwassee.net has a fly hatch page. It's under planning a trip and then scroll down to the community fly box page. That's what John is referring to.

Good Luck,

09-03-2010, 07:45 PM
I also now found the fly page. While I had clicked on the plan your trip link, I guess I overlooked it.

I also try going indicatorless and see how it goes.