View Full Version : Counting down the minutes until we head to the Tellico

Mike D
02-16-2007, 03:49 PM
Hello to all.
First of all, I want to say how much I have enjoyed this forum. A group of 4 of us are counting the minutes until we head to the Tellico. Looks like warmer weather is moving in next week. This is our first trip to the Tellico. We have fished the S. Holston several times. We will be coming up the first weekend of March. Hopefully we will have some warmer water than the current 32 degrees. Any information one can give about the Bald River and Tellico this time of year would be very appreciated. Thanks

02-16-2007, 06:19 PM
Don't overlook the North River as well. Nice campground up there right on the water. I usually fish the North River and maybe see 2 other folks on it on a crowded day.

As for flies, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wolf and Stimulator (I actually use a the yellow sally stone pattern (from Dave Hughes Essential Trout Flies), very similar to the Stimulator, just smaller with out the palmer hackle). All sized 14 to 18, with 16 being my first bet.

On nymphs, of course you have to use a Tellico Nymph up there, prince nymph, hairs ear, black / yellow stones, olive / green beadheads / caddis larvae work. Sames sizes.

You can also drop a small brassie off of the drys.

Have fun!

02-16-2007, 06:23 PM
You should also consider the Bald River. Trail goes up on left of the falls, and from there you can fish upstream. Or, there's a road to Holly Flats that brings you back to the river well upstream.


Mike D
02-16-2007, 07:43 PM
Thanks for the quick reply Sounds like this is what makes the Tellico so special. Having 3 or more rivers so close. Do all rivers go directly into the Tellico. I am trying to get a feel of the different sizes of water on each river. Which river seems to be the most techinal to fish. Is one river bigger than the other.We are wanting to hike a good ways to try to find new water.Based on what I am reading, they all sound great. Looking forward to getting up there. Any info would be very helpful.

David Knapp
02-16-2007, 10:40 PM
If you are wanting to hike, the Bald is definately a good option. I've fished it more in the gorge above the falls and downstream of Holly Flats. It is a beautiful hike through the gorge and is worth the time even if you aren't fishing. I've heard that the fishing up above Holly Flats can be good but haven't gone too far upstream that way. I don't really know how it will be fishing this time of year though...

Gerry Romer
02-16-2007, 11:18 PM
Of the three, the Tellico is the biggest and widest. I havent fished it but it sure looks pretty as you drive up to Bald River Falls and the North River - you'll want a camera for the falls. Last summer, I fished various sections of the North River, from the bottom to the top, with no luck - wrong time of day and wrong time of year. I think it's one of the nicest looking rivers outside of the GSMNP. And there are five or six campsites of different sizes and comfort levels all along the river. I've been told that the North holds some monster browns that will attack properly thrown streamers when the water is a bit off color.

I haven't fished the Bald River myself but everyone I know who has says the same thing: Take the stairs to the left of the falls up to the trail and hike in a minimum of three miles before you even think about fishing.

Neither the North nor the Bald require any special permits, but the Tellico requires its own day stamp (last time I checked). Unless it warms up around here pretty quickly I wouldn't fish either the North or the Bald right now... just a bit too cold for me.

It is definitely some pretty country! Enjoy and give us a report!


02-17-2007, 12:41 AM
The Appalachian chapter of TU has a "stream of the month" section that highlights various small streams in the Tellico area. Several of them require a bit of a hike in to them so if that is what your looking for it is worth a look.


Have fun & let us know how you do.

Gerry Romer
02-17-2007, 12:56 AM
Here's another great link. It should answer most if not all of yoour questions.