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    The TVA info says that "Apalachia will be spilling 25 cfs until further notice". Does anyone know if that is one, or two generators?
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    25cfs is a very small amount of water, in fact it is basically zero. I looked and they are running a normal amount of water, or at least that is what the hourly discharge shows. I don't know what 25cfs extra means.

    On a side note, I fished with a buddy of mine this past weekend, who is a TVA fisheries biologists. He said that he had solid information that TWRA was seriously considering ceasing the stocking on the Hiwassee. I personally find that hard to believe, but with TWRA's money issues, nothing would surprise me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    On a side note, I fished with a buddy of mine this past weekend, who is a TVA fisheries biologists. He said that he had solid information that TWRA was seriously considering ceasing the stocking on the Hiwassee. I personally find that hard to believe, but with TWRA's money issues, nothing would surprise me.
    I would hate to see that happen. Not particularly because I love fishing the HI, it is a fun river to fish especially when Hendricksons and Isonychias are coming off. Primarily my concern is that if you stop stocking on that river, the meat hunters that are currently down there will have to turn to other rivers for their meals. Maybe that just means more Tellico/Citico stamp sales, but either way that means one less trout factory for people to fish.

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    I attended a meeting in Benton last year held by TWRA. They told us that they were considering going to a delayed havest program on the Hiwassee. In short, they would stock the river full in the fall and winter, with a zero harvest till March when they would go back to general regs. The possibility exists that there would be no stocking in Aug and Sept. Regular stocking would resume in Oct. They stressed that this was only being considered. They are supposed to make the call later this year or early next year. The reason was warm water in late Summer in the Hiwassee. Last year was one of the coolest years for water temps in 15 or so yrs. The water temp in Reliance this morning at 9:00 am was 64 deg. so we will see what happens. This has been one of the Hiwassee's most productive years for quality fish in quite a while , I guess because of the cooler water temps last Summer. The hatches were also very heavy this year. Most dry fly fishermen were really happy with that. If we keep the cool water for several more weeks we should have even a better year next year. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

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    The issue is the warm water that plagues the Hiwassee in those months. Stocking would not be a good idea with that scenario. Keep tabs on www.tnwildlife.org for info. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and this will not be put into practice. So far, temps have been decent. One thing- we have experienced some dry years recently which effects the water temps. The 25 cfs is the water coming down the bypass from the dam to the powerhouse. For info on the river, you can check the Hiwassee Chapter of TU, www.hiwassee.net, for flow information. There is a forum where you can ask questions about the river and conditions. Good fishing!
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    John,

    Hope you are doing well, keep posting about the mighty HI for us up "north". It is specially welcome when water temps are given out like paddlefish did. It can save us diehards some serious gas money.

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    Survival of fish does not make a difference as far when they are stocked. Trout die when water temps reach a certain point. Regardless of whether they are a week old, or 5 years old.

    I would also hate to see the Hiwassee go away, I do not fish it anymore, far too many folks for me, but do think it would be a shame for it to disappear.

    I have heard folks say it would be a great smallmouth river, well I feel if that were the case it already would be, with the trout as an addition. It is not a great smallmouth stream, at least above Reliance.

    I do not think there is any solution to the Hiwassee problems in relation to water temps. It is what it is, and some years it may hold fish over great, and it may do it for 5 years in a row, but then for many reasons everything gets killed. It sucks, but that is just the way it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChemEAngler View Post
    Maybe that just means more Tellico/Citico stamp sales....
    LOL!!! You're kidding right. You don't actually think the freezer fillers buy those things do you??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyknot View Post
    LOL!!! You're kidding right. You don't actually think the freezer fillers buy those things do you??
    It comes free with a Sportsmans License, and they get them by default.

    Other then TVA damming up the Little T, the Tellico/Citico crap is one of the biggest travesties to ever happen in this state. Nothing more idiotic then taking 2 gorgeous large freestone rivers which could be managed in a responsible and productive manner, and turning them into trash pits otherwise known as a put and take fishery.

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