View Full Version : Hiwassee Report

David Knapp
01-27-2007, 11:10 PM
I fished the Hiwassee this afternoon for a few hours and had a great time! *The river is fishing very well with a lot of fish in the river. *I saw fairly decent numbers of bugs flying around as well with the majority being the usual microscopic midges but I also saw some BWO's and the winter little black stoneflies. *I started out fishing a copper john and caught a few fish quickly in the faster runs and pocket water up near the powerhouse. *A few fish were working above me in the slower water so I tied on a parachute Adams with a midge dropper and fished that the rest of the day. By the end of the day, the midge was shredded but the fish were still hammering it. *Quite a few fish took the dry today which was a lot of fun. I caught tons of 'bows and one fingerling brown today. *Near the end of the day, I had moved down the river and was lucky enough to see a large osprey apparently looking for dinner. *It was the perfect end to a great day!

Now for a couple of pictures...

An average fish today...

My best of the day, around 14 inches or so.

01-27-2007, 11:41 PM
Very nice... When did you say we were going there??? ::) I've wanted to try HI for a while. Hans and Greg are supposed to head down there early March...

01-27-2007, 11:53 PM
Hey PA,
I was down on the Hi as well today. We got there around 11:30 and left at 4:00. I didn't have nearly as successful of a day as you did though it appears. We were down around big bend, and pretty much had it all to ourselves. I only managed to hook up on about 5, 3 of which were landed, but I did have lots of missed strikes today. I had a lot of trouble today hooking up, I think the wind was blowing so much slack in my line that I was too slow. Overall a nice day on the water.


01-28-2007, 09:47 AM
Hey PA!
Thanks for the report! I hope to hit the HI later today. Your report helps me decide what to throw. Of course, I will have to try some of my home made flies. I went to LRO’s tying class yesterday and then "shopped" for tying supplies and have since concocted some tasty looking animals!

best ones!

David Knapp
01-28-2007, 12:00 PM
Kevin, let me know anytime you want to come down. I think you will like the Hiwassee a lot because it fishes a lot more like the mountain streams...

01-28-2007, 02:40 PM
Next break in the weather we'll make it happen. I've got a ton of midge patterns I want to try...

01-28-2007, 09:09 PM
Yeah, Anyone wanting to go around March 1st which is my self imposed beginning of the season, is welcome to meet up. I used to fish the big HI ten times a year, but had to limit myself due to distance from K town and gas prices. Anyway, I'm looking forward to it. It is very good in April and May.

01-28-2007, 09:12 PM
I'm interested in going sometime around that date, and I'm in the Knoxville area.

David Knapp
01-28-2007, 09:22 PM
Tennswede, Let me know when you are planning on coming to fish the HI if you don't mind. I'm sure I could learn a lot of good stuff from you... I'll be there most weekends for awhile as long as the generation schedule is going well.

01-28-2007, 09:38 PM
If PA and Hans get on the same stretch of water those fish will need some serious therapy... Someone call Dr. Phil! ;D

01-29-2007, 07:24 PM
This is an open invitation, anyone who wants to fish the HI in about a month or so is welcome to fish with. me. The hiwassee is big enough for all. For specific details pm and we can discuss.

01-29-2007, 07:49 PM
March 3rd or 4th works for me!!!!!!

01-29-2007, 11:45 PM
I'm in and dont mind to drive. Will someone PM me with some specifics closer to time or keep me updated.

01-29-2007, 11:59 PM
If it warms up I'll go sooner...

01-30-2007, 12:20 AM
If it warms up I'll go sooner...

As Plateau Angler has said, the river is fishing very well right now. If you guys find the water off and temps above freezing I'd go. Lot's of fun fishing right now with dries, nymphs, streamers, etc. Oh and as a note.....please limit the softhackle use as it's not quite fair! ;)

01-30-2007, 02:20 AM
Ahh ! It's going to be a great spring!

Can't wait till March. *

Hans has got me counting the days on my calendar.. ;D

01-30-2007, 08:56 AM
please limit the softhackle use as it's not quite fair!

Some of the tailwater tips floating on the board gave me an idea about softhackle use. I can't wait to try it...

David Knapp
01-30-2007, 12:00 PM
There are a lot of flies that aren't fair right now... ::) *Those fish are hungry!!! :o 8-)

01-31-2007, 06:35 PM
count me in. *I'm off the whole week march 5-9th. * I've never fished the HI and am ready to go. *kevin, maybe I can ride w/ you or vise versa, or someone else.

01-31-2007, 07:25 PM
Trevor... I'm ready to go too. I'm a bit of a sissy though, I need about 45 degrees ambient before I'm gonna go wade anywhere. You can absolutely ride with me. Are you going to the free tying this weekend?

David Knapp
01-31-2007, 07:28 PM
Ah come on Kevin...the cold weather will mean that you have a lot more water to yourself!!! Who needs 45 degrees... ::)

BTW, Trevor, check your PMs...