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Hiwassee River, Tennessee Hatch Chart

Exploring the Hiwassee River: A Fly Fishing Paradise
Hiwassee River

The Hiwassee River, winding through the picturesque landscapes of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, is a hidden gem for fly fishing enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, this river offers an unforgettable experience. Let’s dive into the details of what makes the Hiwassee so special.

1. Location and Geography
The Hiwassee River begins its journey in the upper Chattahoochee National Forest in northeast Georgia. It flows northward, meandering through the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, before turning westward into Tennessee. The river’s tailwater section starts at TVA’s Apalachia Powerhouse within the Cherokee National Forest. Its pristine beauty led to its designation as a State Scenic River in Tennessee.

2. Fishing Opportunities
Year-Round Trout Fishing
The Hiwassee River boasts year-round trout fishing due to its consistent water temperatures. Anglers can explore approximately 21 miles of the tailwater section, which features a variety of aquatic habitats:

Whitewater: The river’s swift currents create exciting fishing conditions.
Deep Runs: Ideal spots for larger trout.
Fast Riffles: Perfect for nymphing and streamer fishing.
Big Shoals: Challenging areas that hold trophy fish.
Trout Species
The primary trout species in the Hiwassee are rainbow trout and brown trout. While the average size ranges from 10 to 12 inches, larger trout are certainly possible. The river’s diverse insect life ensures excellent dry fly fishing opportunities throughout the year.

Insect Hatches
Anglers can anticipate seasonal insect hatches, including:

Grannom Caddis
Blue-Winged Olives
These hatches provide exciting moments for fly anglers, as trout rise to feed on the surface.

3. Convenient Location
The Hiwassee River is within a two- to three-hour drive from major cities such as Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham. Its accessibility makes it a favorite destination for both locals and travelers.

Float Trips
One of the most popular experiences is the float trip from the powerhouse to Reliance, covering approximately six miles. This stretch offers a mix of challenging rapids and serene pools. For an optimal experience, consider hiring a competent Hiwassee River fly fishing guide. They’ll not only enhance your chances of catching trout but also share their local knowledge and passion for the river.

The Hiwassee River is more than just a fishing spot; it’s a place where nature and angling converge. So, pack your gear, tie your favorite flies, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Hiwassee. Tight lines!

For real-time fishing reports and more details, contact Southeastern Anglers, a reputable fly fishing outfitter located on the banks of the Hiwassee River. They’ll help you make the most of your Hiwassee adventure.


Insect Size Begin End
Early Brown Stone 12 February 15 March 31
Hendrickson 12-14 April 1 April 30
BWO   18-24   April 1 June 30
BWO 18-24   September 15   November 30
Grannom 16 April 1 April 30
Brown Caddis 12 March 15 November 15
Sulphur 16 May 1 June 15
Golden Stonefly 10-12 May 1 June 30
Isonychia 12 May 1 September 30
Light Cahill 14-16 May 15 June 30
Yellow Sally 14 June 1 June 30
Trico 22 July 1 October 15
White Mayfly 14 September 1   September 30  
October Caddis 8-10 October 1 October 31
Stonefly 10-12 November 15 February 15
Midges 22 November 15 February 15

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