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 ½ 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.
God gave fishermen expectantcy so they would never tire of throwing out a line.