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Hydropsyche
01-31-2007, 12:12 PM
Hey all

I was thinking of going down to the Hiawassee today and fishing after they turn the water off at 1. I had a few questions, as my experience down there is limited. Is there good wade access up below the powerhouse where I can start fishing soon after they turn the gens off? Also, the word is that bwo's are coming off in good numbers in the afternoon, can anyone substatiate this? Well take care.

Hydro

Hydropsyche
01-31-2007, 12:20 PM
well i guess i coule have read Plateau Anglers report from a few days ago huh, lol.

ill be sure and read recent posts before I send from now on.

:)

Rockyraccoon
01-31-2007, 03:44 PM
Hey man,

Little late here and I can't go long because I'm heading out to Charlotte here in a few minutes.

Anyway, Lot's of water right below the Powerhouse that will be wadable within 10 -20 minutes after the turbines are shut off. Within a an hour or so, most of the river from the PH down to Big Bend will be wadable.

We've had a lot of bugs active lately. BWO's (18-22), Black Winter Stones (16-18), and lot's of midges. If those don't seem to work for you, hit them with a boogey and a soft ackle dropper off the back.

Good luck.

Hydropsyche
02-01-2007, 11:19 AM
Thanks a bunch for the reply RockyRaccoon!

Well I went down to the Hiawassee yesterday, and let's just say it was an adventure. *I headed from Knoxville to the Apalachia dam at around 11:30, and for ya'll who are familiar with the Hiawassee, as I obviously was not enough, you know the tailwater section of the Hiawassee that contains trout is below the powerhouse. *I realized my mistake as soon as I saw the water, or lack thereof, below the dam. *Oh ok, well no problem right, I travel with a gazeteer so Ill just drive to the power house down one of these forest service roads and cross the river at the powerhouse and head back towards Knoxville after fishing for a couple of hours, right? (it is getting close to 2 and the water comes on a 4) *Well I chose the wrong side of the river and the wrong 15 mile forest service road to travel down. *The gazetteer did not portray clearly enough that there was no crossing at the powerhouse. *Or maybe I didn't see clearly enough. *Either way
*

It turned out to be the perfect 1.25 hours worth of fishing I've done in a while. *I parked at the TVA fence by the powerhouse and my dog and I walked down the creek to the water. *I fished that upmost run and caught about 5, lost 2 or 3, and sacrificed two rubber-legged copper johns to the spirit of the Hiawassee. *My 11 month old bull terrier Mia had free reign of that bank and nobody's way to get into. *The drive out was a long yet peaceful trek back through the mountains and onto Hwy 30.

You learn something new everyday. *Today I learned that from Knoxville I need to head towards Reliance to get to anywhere I want to fish on the Hiawassee.

Hydropsyche

Petey
02-02-2007, 03:31 PM
Sorry you took the long way around. Good things can only when going towards Reliance. It is a nice place to hang out.

The Hiwassee is a beautiful place to fish. I am glad you got to enjoy her waters. I have spent many a wonderful day and night down there and hope to do so again this year. There is just something magical about that place. At least for me anyway.

The next time you head up towards the powerhouse make sure you have your camera handy. Because as you top the mountain and catch a view of big bend and the stair steps you are going to want to snap a few. It is truely breath taking.

Petey 8-)

OLDBEAU
02-05-2007, 11:27 AM
THE HIWASSEE IS INDEED A WODERFUL RIVER. I WILL BE GOING BACK DOWN ON MARCH 23 - 24 - 25. NICE RENTAL CABIN JUST PAST THE OUTFITTERS CAMPGROUND ON ELLIS CREEK...
HAVE ONLY FISHED AROUND THE POWER HOUSE AND FIRST ISLAND, BUT JUST PURCHASED A 15' RIVERHAWK BOAT AND 4 HP OUTBOARD. ANYONE HAVE SUGGESTIONS ON FLOATING AND FISHING THE 5 MILE TRIP DOWN TO ELLIS CREEK?
THANKING YOU FOR YOUR INPUT.
OLD BEAU

tennswede
02-09-2007, 10:11 PM
Hydropsyche!

I used to fish the HI all the time. I live in K-town also. The fastest and shortest route I find to the Hi for me is to go Highway 411 to Madisonville, turn left on 68 towards Tellico Plains then turn right on to TN 39/315 towards Etowah, it will split after 5 mile or so and it will come out in Reliance at the railroad trestle. It is exactly 78 miles one way from north Knoxville versus 90 miles going the interstate.

Rockyraccoon
02-09-2007, 10:54 PM
Dang Hans, that way might be shorter mileage wise but theres no way it can be faster time wise. I'm in South Knoxville near Seymour and I make that drive a lot. I've found no difference in time between taking 411 south out of Seymour all the way to Etowah or leaving out through downtown and taking 75 south to the first Athens exit, swinging east for five miles or so and then picking up hwy 30 to Etowah. Seems like adding Tellico Plains as a waypoint would add another 20 minutes or so to the trip.

Shoot, who knows....maybe I should try it your way once.....but I don't see how it could be quicker.

mmorgan135
02-10-2007, 01:24 AM
I thought the max speed on 411 was 55 mph. It would seem that running 70-75 mph down the interstate would make the drive a lot shorter time wise even if the mileage might be really close.

David Knapp
02-10-2007, 11:28 AM
You can't do 70 on 411? Oops.... ::);D

tennswede
02-10-2007, 12:16 PM
Alright Rocky and everyone else. You turn on 315 before you reach Etowah. I.e you never hit Etowah, rather you go by Starr mountain. I get down there about 10 minutes earlier than the Interstate and it saves 12 miles. The reason? Anyone messing with west Knoxville knows it takes 20 minutes to go from North Knoxville to Turkey Creek. It's just a nightmare. The other problem is TN 30. It's at least 20 minutes from 411 to Reliance. I stick with my route. I also obey the speed limit pretty much.

As from Seymour I don't know, depends if you are in the holler or not I guess.

Btw. How's life treating you Rocky, I haven't been down to the HI in a long time. Are you still in the business? Done any Smokies trips?

Rockyraccoon
02-10-2007, 02:16 PM
From the cabin in Reliance (located on the north river bank above the trestle) I can be at the junction of 411 and 30 in Etowah in 20 minutes. No matter how fast I've driven, this has been my best time.

I'm very familiar with the Tellico/Reliance Rd (hwy315) and Mecca Pike as I drive that way frequently when working in Tellico as I come from Reliance. It just seems to me that all the slow twisty turns between Tellico and Reliance would make that route (Madisonville - Tellico Plains- Reliance) much slower than 411 thorugh Etowah.

Anyway, no differnce eitherway I guess.....Your route is probably much more scenic. However, I do love Hwy 30 as I drive up along the river. It's all a matter of personal prefrence I suppose.

The family and I are all doing well. Been sick a few times this winter but I guess that's to be expected with the kids.

Business has been really good. Of course winter time work has been a little slow, but that's the norm for us I guess. Fishing has been good though and we've expanded to include some other great tailwaters in the south. Of course the Hiwassee is still our bread and butter.

Last season I worked 2 or 3 trips in the park in helping out some of my friends who had big groups. I enjoy the mountain trips but anymore I really prefer having the oars in my hands and whitewater under my boat. ;D

RFowler
02-10-2007, 04:24 PM
That drive up 30 is sweet and one of the reasons I like that area. It's a beautiful river valley.

OLDBEAU
02-10-2007, 06:05 PM
HOW FAR DO THE DRIFT BOATS GO DOWN FROM THE RAMP @ THE POWERHOUSE?
I PLAN TO DRIFT FISH MARCH 24 - 25, AND DO NOT WANT TO GET TOO FAR DOWN....AND NO RETURN..
THANK YOU.
OLD BEAU

Gerry Romer
02-10-2007, 11:30 PM
According to a client of mine who practically grew up on the Hiwasee, North, Bald and Tellico rivers, the quickest route to the powerhouse on the HI is 411 south, to route 30, to Reliance, etc. She lives midway between Madisonville and Tellico Plains and knows that country like the back of her hand. She tells me that 68 and 315 are 2-lane, ridge and valley running roads, whereas 411 S. is pretty much 4-laned all the way from Maryville to Cartersville, GA. Indeed, before Tennessee got a lottery, my wife and I used to drive 411 S. to Tennga on the TN/GA line to play MegaMillions ;D.

If I were coming down I-75 from Knoxville, I'd get off at Rt. 68 and head east to 411 S., then down to 30 E. From the south I'd take I-75 N. to Rt. 64 E. to 411 N. to 30 E.

70+?? doable in Blount County 8-).

Little known secret: Blount County cruisers aren't equipped with radar - except for the black traffic units and a few K-9 units ::)

Gerry

ps. no inside info on Monroe or McMinnn counties... you're on your own 8-)

Rockyraccoon
02-11-2007, 01:11 AM
HOW FAR DO THE DRIFT BOATS GO DOWN FROM THE RAMP @ THE POWERHOUSE?
I PLAN TO DRIFT FISH MARCH 24 - 25, AND DO NOT WANT TO GET TOO FAR DOWN....AND NO RETURN..
THANK YOU.
OLD BEAU

If your new to the river, I wouldn't reccomend going downstream any further than the Towee Creek take out. The river between Towee Creek and Reliance can be a very tough ride if your not sure of your lines.

Folks who know the river can drift all the way from the Powerhouse downstream about 21 miles to Paddy Bridge with the right water flows.

Practical floats are from the PH to Towee for a short float, PH to Reliance for a full day float, Reliance to 411 for a day float, or 411 to Paddy for a day float on low water.

All these floats except the last require flow from the PH.

OLDBEAU
02-11-2007, 08:13 AM
THANK YOU!
I HAVE ONLY FISHED AROUND THE POWERHOUSE AND FIRST ISLAND...WHICH I ASSUME IS BEFORE TOWEE CREEK TAKE-OUT.
IS THE TROUT POPULATION ANYTHING BETWEEN RELIANCE AND 411 THIS TIME OF YEAR?
SOUNDS LIKE THIS WOULD BE A MORE RELAXING FLOAT..WITHOUT THE SHALLOW WATER AND ROCK?
SURE IS A BEAUTIFUL VALLEY...!!
I WILL BE WORKING ON THE FLIES FOR THE TRIP!
OLD BEAU