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... Just like that, he hadn't even cast my rod yet and he was already catching fish... 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...