View Full Version : Late August fishing
07-26-2006, 01:21 PM
Late August is probably one of the warmest times in the Southeast but nevertheless the urge still exists to get out into the river and fly fish. I'm trying to decide the best plan for a 4 day getaway that takes me to some of the favored waters in my neck of the woods. I have never been able to get out this time of year locally, so whatever experience the board has would be greatly appreciated. I would like to fish at least two of the waters that are driveable for me from Birmingham in the short time I have. The following is my list of candidates along with the approximate mileage from my home. I will be strictly wading and will be able to either camp or hotel it. The biggest criteria is obviously the ability to catch (or in my case fish) fish during this extreme time of year.
Toccoa - 170
Chattahoochee - 165
Hiwassee - 180
Tellico - 200
Soque - 210
Little River - 230
Clinch - 260
07-26-2006, 02:20 PM
I would fish the Clinch River, even though it is the longest trip from your house, in a way it would be worth it.
07-26-2006, 02:36 PM
If I were you, I would stay in Blue Ridge and fish the Toccoa and Hiwassee. Or, stay in Reliance and do the same. You could rent a canoe for the Toccoa if you don't have anything to float it with. There's around 16 miles of water between the dam and McCaysville. You could really get to know this water in 3-4 days.
A good portion of the Hiwassee is wadable on high water but you have to know where. A good site for that info would be www.hiwassee.net. Don Denny runs/owns the site and he's a great guy that can help you with that and many other things on the Hi.
I agree, the Clinch can be incredible but you will most likely need a drift boat or something similar to fish it effectively. Even with the water down, access is limited to the upper few miles and down near 61.
07-26-2006, 04:31 PM
I've fished both of these in the spring but not in late summer. I will be wading only. I know the Hiwassee runs alot in the summer, so I wasn't sure about the best wade in spots. I fished Toccoa, but again not when the river was running. I did the best by the ball aprk and at Curtis Switch. Any suggestions? As far as Reliance or Blue Ridge, that's real easy *;D Thanks.
07-26-2006, 04:33 PM
The Clinch reads awesome and I've never fished it. I would really like to but don't know where to start. I would only be wading. Thanks.
07-26-2006, 04:40 PM
If you are planning on only wading, the Clinch would probably only offer a few hours in the mornings before they started generating again. It's not really wade-able when they are running water. It is a nice place to fish though.
07-26-2006, 05:17 PM
Strictly wading, I would still recommend these two tailraces. Go visit Don's Hiwassee site to find out the good high water wade sites and go in Reliance Fly and Tackle for the latest fly recommendations. Take a wading staff with you if you have one. You will need to wear a PFD, also.
As far as the Toccoa, you probably know where to access the river but you probably don't know about this. You can park at the RR tracks on Curtis Switch road and access the river upstream of there. The tracks parallel the river for several miles upstream. You can also park at the TVA canoe launch downstream of Curtis Switch and access the RR tracks from there. You'll have to wade across the river to get to them. If you use the railroad tracks, you will be able to access miles of river that are otherwise off limits.
If you need more particulars just shoot me a PM.
07-26-2006, 05:53 PM
Thanks for the info. Is Reliance Fly & Tackle the little gas station on the powerhouse road? I was up there in April and that fly shop just over the bridge on the left was closed and emptied out. Thanks for the tips on the Toccoa.
07-26-2006, 06:23 PM
If you want to fish the Clinch River, the best time to wade is on the weekends when they stop generation at 6 o'clock on saturday and sunday. And, one of the popular places to wade is at the dam below the weir dam, thats usually where I go to wade. And, if you wanted a guide CR Outfitters is only about 5 or 10 mins. from the fishing area.
07-26-2006, 08:54 PM
If you start fishing the Clinch at Millers Island you can fish there till about 1 hour after they turn the generators on at the dam then the water comes up. After you're done there you can move to the Anderson County Jail and fish there till about 4 hours after the generators begin to push water. The water will be cold and clear use a BHPT or a Zebra nymph below a strike indicator. Good luck!!
07-26-2006, 09:32 PM
Do they stop generating the same time on the weekdays. I try and stay away from the crowds which I'm sure will be all over the weir on Saturday evenings.
Is there access at both of these spots?
It definitely sounds worth a try.
07-26-2006, 09:36 PM
Any good but cheap places to stay near the Clinch?
07-26-2006, 10:20 PM
On weekdays I know they don't generate 10 o'clock till about 11:30, but as Big Jim said if they turned the water on at 12:00, you could go to Anderson County to behind the Jailhouse and have another 4 or 5 hours of fishing before having to leave. And, I can answer your question about access too, millers island has a great access area and down at the jailhouse takes some climbing down a bank but it too has some good access areas.
07-26-2006, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the details. Coming to a new river when you only have a short time is very challenging. I don't get to get out too many times a year and I definitely want to make the most of it. The Clinch looks like it could be worth the drive and all the help from this board is a great help in trying to make plans. I will check out some of these spots on google earth to see if I can figure out exactly where they are. I've got IR's Tennessee Trout Waters, but the maps leave alot to be desired.
07-26-2006, 11:35 PM
Please check the TVA generating schedule before you go to the Clinch. You cannot count on TVA generating on a fixed schedule even on weekends. And as TVA will tell you, "generating schedules are subject to change without notice". Here's the link for Norris generation / elevations:
07-27-2006, 12:41 AM
Theres some big trout in all of East Tennessee's water especially the Clinch River, but wherever you decide to go, good luck!!!!
07-27-2006, 12:12 PM
i have fished the hiwassee in sept.and they were running water(2 turbines)the full 2 and 1/2 days me and my brother fished.that was the first time we saw the place and caught 60 fish.not counting the fish we missed or lost.that place fishes well with the water running.also the caney fork is a fun place to fish with lots of water and access
07-27-2006, 12:36 PM
also,if you fish the hiwassee,you can stay at reliance fly and tackle`s bunk house.we stayed there after thanksgiving last year.
07-27-2006, 12:41 PM
When the water was running all day, where did you fish? Were you wading or in a tube/boat?
07-28-2006, 11:10 AM
You can access the Clinch at Millers Island, just follow 441 towards Norris Dam and turn off on River Road there's a boat access ramp there and fishing is good all over that stretch. You can also park at the Anderson County Jail and walk along their impound lot towards the River pay attention to the signs and don't go directly behind the Jail or you'll set off alarms and meet some of the Guards (usually pretty nice guys). Good luck!!
07-28-2006, 04:52 PM
we fished alot up around the generating house and down the railroad tracks from there.i always think if the weathers hot,more fish will be more active close to the tailwaters(dam or discharge area)might be more stockers but they`re fish.also,`ve learned thats usually a good area to start at a new place.if you take things slow and watch what you are doing(be safe)wading is fine.youmight not get to fish where you want,but you can find ways to places.we also walked up the tracks from hiwassee outfitters and fished some.from the discharge,you can fish down to the bend in the river at alot of areas.the grass beds in that area hold alot of fish,you have to make yourself fish the swift water(short cast and highsticking)its fun if you will do it.we wade fish only as of right now.i`ve only learned to trout fish going on my fourth year and this is my brothers 3rd year.gotta get back to work for now....
07-28-2006, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the info. I haven't fished the Hiwassee on high water but I know the places your talking about and will definitely check them out.
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