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flyman01 01-08-2013 06:02 AM

Two good days on the Hiwassee
Headed down to the cabin this past weekend and was able to get on the Hiwassee for two great days of fishing. Apparently due to a considerable amount of rainfall (observed lots of standing water in fields) they have been constantly running two generators to keep the reservoirs at winter pool level. Day one, the morning was cold, 37 degrees when I arrived at the river to fish below the powerhouse. I have been hearing of sporadic shad kills so I thought I would start there and work a white woolly bugger. I tied on a cone head with 3 split shot as the 2800 CFM flow was immense and I wanted this to sink down as much as possible before the final swing and when I would start stripping it back. My first cast I got a bump, so things looked promising. Second cast I got nice hit, I set the hook and the fight was on and this definitely was a nice size fish. As the fight ensued, I was sure this was going to be the best trout that I have pulled in on the Hiwassee, instead it turned out to be the nicest Bass....guess they like the shad too! I continued working the woolly bugger and had a couple more bumps and then got another nice hit and this time it was a big fat female rainbow. I worked downstream a little and caught two very nice males with absolute gorgeous color!!! Lost an enormous female, was having difficulty getting it in the net and started to lift it up with the fish not completely in the net, lost the hook set and she was gone. Did catch a good number of fish in the 10 -12 inch range during the outing as well. Day two, I drifted the river from the put-in about a mile below the powerhouse and floated down to Towee Creek, during the 4 hours of fishing, brought to hand over twenty fish. Again caught a couple of these dark red males, these are awesome looking fish and I can only hope with that some of these miss the creel basket when the DH is lifted in March. Did not see much Shad either day but did witness crows flying around and every now and then one would swoop down and grab a dead Shad as it was floating by.

flyman01 01-08-2013 06:05 AM

flyman01 01-08-2013 06:08 AM

flyman01 01-08-2013 06:12 AM

flyman01 01-08-2013 06:15 AM

swamp 01-08-2013 10:13 AM

Wow. Bellies full of shad. Nice fish

Wilson10 01-08-2013 01:05 PM

Wow - put those trout on jenny craig!

Nice fish - Thanks for sharing

duckypaddler 01-08-2013 09:42 PM

Impressive post
Thanks for sharing. You really caught some pigs:eek:

Breck 01-09-2013 06:52 AM


ThankYou for the post and keep them coming. I must get back out there a.s.a.p.!!!

Hope to meet you on the water.


The Gubna 01-09-2013 12:51 PM

Those are great looking fish! The two with the distinct red coloration look quite different from the rainbows I usually see on the river. I tried looking closely at the tail-fin, but can't quite get a read on it. Regardless, those are beautiful fish!
For the first time in a number of years, there are a large number of quality fish coming out of the HI. Let's hope that continues.

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