View Full Version : Yet another Hiwassee trip

David Knapp
02-14-2007, 04:50 PM
Fished the Hiwassee again a couple of times in the last few days. I fished a couple of hours yesterday and on Sunday I met up with Kevin (redc4man) to show him the river. It turned into a mini LRO board get together as we ran into several other board members, nice meeting everyone btw!!! Anyway, about the fishing. It has slowed down from what it was a couple of weeks ago for me. I think the cold temps maybe have something to do with this. The fish will still eat but are quite a bit more spooky. The cold water temps (around 40 degrees) coming from upriver have really helped to clear the water. The discharge is still in the mid to upper 40's and this helps turn the fish on during the generation pulses. The fish go on a topwater feeding binge as the pulse comes through providing some excellent dry fly fishing. There are fairly good numbers of little black stoneflies hatching, particularly on the warmer days with sunshine. Midges are providing a consistent afternoon rise but be prepared to go small to get the fish to eat.

On Sunday, Kevin taught me how to catch fish with my own rod. He is thinking of getting another rod so I let him cast my Legend Ultra to see how he liked it. I waded over to him with my line trailing downstream and handed him the rod. He stripped a little line in preparation for casting and raised the rod tip and had a fish on...:confused: Just like that, he hadn't even cast my rod yet and he was already catching fish...:cool: We had a good laugh over that one and I threatened to take back my rod if he caught another fish.

Kevin catching fish with MY rod:

Yesterday was a good day on the water as well. I had the river to myself and timed my arrival so I was able to fish when the pulse came through. Once again I enjoyed catching fish on dries.

I particularly enjoyed the evening on the river both days...
Sunday evening:

Tuesday evening:

02-14-2007, 11:09 PM
Looks like you guys had a really good trip. It seems that I havent fished the HI since this summer. A couple of the best months of my life so far is when they were repairing one of the generators on the HI a couple years ago. They were only able to run one generator and man was the fishing good. If I remember correctly it was maybe about this time of year or alittle later. Sure makes me miss being home.

Gerry Romer
02-14-2007, 11:15 PM
So that's what all the whoopin' and hollerin' was all about! We kinda wondered who brought what to the party. Brett and I got a kick out of meeting up with you guys. Who'd a thunk it. When we started out Sunday at about noon we were debating between G'burg and the Hiwassee. It was really almost a flip of the coin. Then, when we get there and get down to the water it looked like it was approaching combat fishing.

We kept driving up toward the powerhouse looking for a spot to park and finally found one just past that little bridge. We pull off right next to a trail and get geared up. We were just about to lock up the car when a guy pulls up right in front of us and jumps out of his truck carrying a spinning rod and a can of bait. He then proceeds to cut through the brush to the trail next to our car and down to the river.

That's when we put our rods back in the car and headed up river. Brett spots a guy walking along the road and tells me to pull over so he can see if there's any point in going further upriver. He asks and the guy says, "I couldn't tell ya... this is my first time here. I just drove down from Maryville.."

To which Brett says, "You're kidding! We just now got here from Maryville... say, you wouldn't happen to be on Byron's message board, would you?"

After Kevin picked his chin up off the ground he introduced himself and pointed upriver and said, "Yeah, and that's Plateau Angler up there." That's when we drove up and dragged you out of the water to introduce ourselves.

We stayed out on the water for quite a while after you guys left. I tried just about everything you suggested plus a few more dry/dropper combinations of my own. No luck, but there was a lot of surface activity and a good size hatch of small cream midges came off, so I finally tied on a size 20 BWO. Second cast, netted an 11" rainbow. First fish on my new avid 3 wt that Daniel set me up with. (Kevin, the 3 wt. is a blast, am I right?) About ten minutes later, casting to the same pool alongside that small island, I got a 10" rainbow on the same BWO!

After that, about the only activity I had was plucking moss off my nymphs - which led to a near case of frostbite. My index finger turned very blue and took forever to warm up so I could feel circulation again. Next time I wear the mittens!

Good meeting you! I'm looking forward to that March trip after it warms up a bit!!


02-15-2007, 12:36 AM
Yeah that was a pretty cool trip... Nice to meet some folks from the board too. I'm definitely looking forward to some warmer weather. Fishing has gotten down right tough!

Glad you guys caught a few, and yes the 3wt is a blast. I was using my TFO 3wt and had it overlined with 4wt. I couldn't tell much difference, but I'm guessing it helps a little more in the park on short stuff and roll casts.

I may take a day off next week and head down there if the temps warm up. That's a great river and I owe PA big time for showing me around. Oh and letting me try out his Legend Ultra. Talk about service... the guy even puts a fish on the line before he hands it over. Then makes feel like I did something magical to make it happen. That may be the hardest I've ever laughed on the river! We were both shocked...

Looking forward to the big LRO message board member meeting on the HI...


02-15-2007, 01:33 PM
In case any of you guys are interested the Hiwassee TU meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. Which means there is a meeting tonight.

Unfortanely I will be unable to attend for I have a couple of sick ladies at my house I must tend to.

I am the current VP of the chapter and would like to extend an invite if you are so interested.

Here is directions....


If you need more just let me know.

Also our annual river clean-up is March 17. We clean up in the AM, TU then serves lunch at an agreed upon location and we fish afterwards. This is a combined effort between TWRA, the National Forest Service, A couple of White Water Clubs and TU.

The Hiwassee is a beautiful river with many obvious and not so obvious treasures.

Petey :)

02-15-2007, 03:16 PM
Hey PA,

I think I'm going to have to take Kevin to Vegas with me!!! Glad you guys had a good day out. Can't wait to get down on the Hiwassee this spring and summer..

David Knapp
02-15-2007, 03:22 PM
Petey, thanks for the information...please keep us up to date about the cleanup. I would be glad to come and help out with that...

Gerry, once again it was nice meeting you. You will definately enjoy fishing the HI once it warms a bit and the spring hatches start in earnest!!!

02-15-2007, 04:38 PM
We'll have to get my fishing partner from Sunday to join this board! He's been fishing the HI for 26 years now!

more but, OT http://web.utk.edu/~freeman/LUCKY

02-15-2007, 06:12 PM
If you think I'm lucky at fishing you should see me play cards! Actually poker is just simple math... Keep your VP$IP below 20%, your PFR close to 10%, and your PFA around 2% and you'll be fine. No lucky charm needed. If you have no idea what these numbers mean... you should not play poker. Unless of course you would like to play with me sometime.


02-15-2007, 06:41 PM
If you think I'm lucky at fishing you should see me play cards! Actually poker is just simple math... Keep your VP$IP below 20%, your PFR close to 10%, and your PFA around 2% and you'll be fine. No lucky charm needed. If you have no idea what these numbers mean... you should not play poker. Unless of course you would like to play with me sometime.


I'm your huckleberry!

02-15-2007, 07:12 PM
My #1 favorite movie of all time!!!!!!!!