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The Hiwassee River is located in the extreme southeast corner of Tennessee in the Cherokee National Forest and has been a long time favorite destination for fly anglers from across the country. The Hiwassee is famous for it's dry fly fishing opportunities that occur year round. It's also one of the most beautiful trout rivers in the south.
The insect activity is one of the highlights of the Hiwassee. The river hosts a year round calandar beginning in the winter with black stoneflies, early brown stoneflies and the ever present blue wing olive. Springs warmer temperatures brings hendricksons and grannom caddis. The spotlight features on the Hiwassee begin in late May with Sulphurs and the the famous Isonychia. Tricos, Blue Winged Olives and October Caddis carry us through the fall. Dry fly fishing is truly possible any day of the year.
The river is fishable year round, but there are preferred times to target the trout there. Early spring is a prime time to visit due to the large array of insects that hatch in the spring. The "busy" season is from early May - August when the sulphurs and isonychias are hatching in earnest. October and November offer a nice change to the summer heat and now features the start of the Delayed Harvest program.
Special fly fishing memories were taking place on the Hiwassee long before the fly fishing revolution of the early 90's. In fact, drift boats have been common here for a long time. The heavy whitewater and sharp rock shoals of the Hiwassee demand a great oarsmen in a responsive boat. Drift boats were a perfect fit. Taking a guided drift boat fly fishing trip down the Hiwassee River is truly a special experience. The settings are unrivaled and at times the dry fly fishing can be the best you've ever seen. And it all takes place from the comfort of our drift boats.
The Hiwassee River is located an hour east of Chattanooga and only a little more than 2 hours from Atlanta. The area has an abundance of other activities to enjoy during your stay. Rafting, hiking, hunting, antiquing plus many other activities are close by. The area also boast an impressive amount of campgrounds, cabins, and lodging.
The Hiwassee River corridor falls in the Cherokee National Forest, and lies primarily on public land. Many access areas, picnic tables, restrooms, campgrounds, and improved boat ramps are featured along the entire tailwater.
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Rocky Top Anglers is a professional fly fishing guide service located in east Tennessee. Our Fly Fishing Guides, Rocky Cox and Doug Moore offer guided fly fishing trips on all of the top tailwaters in east Tennessee. Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Hiwassee River are performed in whitewater Drift Boats by our Qualified Fly Fishing Guides. We offer great Float Trip adventures with the Fly Rod on Clinch River. Fly Fishing Guide trips on the Holston River can be a very rewarding way to enjoy spring dry fly fishing in east Tennessee. Rocky Top Angler employs Qualified Fly Fishing Guides with years of experience on all the Tennessee Tailwaters, including the Clinch River, Hiwassee River, Holston River, South Holston River, Watauga River, Caney Fork River, and Cumberland River. We often find Trophy Rainbow and Brown Trout on our Guided Fly Fishing Trips. Rocky Top Anglers employs many techniques, including Dry Fly Fishing, Nymph Fishing, Streamer fishing, and Emerger Fly Fishing for Trophy Rainbow and Brown Trout. Spring Time and Summer Fly Fishing on East Tennessee Trout Waters can be incredible. Hiring the right Fly Fishing Guide for your East Tennessee Fly Fishing Adventure can be important. Our Fly Fishing Guides are well skilled with Beginners, weekend warriors, and the veteran anglers. We've been in the Fly Fishing Guide busieness for many years and have 1000's of trips under our belts. Our site has current Fly Fishing Reports for East Tennessee and surrounding areas, including all the Fly Fishing Rivers near Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga. Visitors to the area attractions such as the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg area are often surprised to find such incredible Trophy Fly Fishing for trout. We're here to show everyone what great Fly Fishing we have here in East Tennessee. Captain Rocky Cox has been guiding Fly Anglers for well over ten years. Growing up near the Clinch River, Holston River, Hiwassee River, and other East Tennessee Tailwaters has provided us with fabulous tailwaters to pursue Trophy Rainbow and Trophy Brown Trout. Come visit us when your visiting the east Tennessee area and you'll find we have been blessed here with Trophy Trout Fisheries, fine Fly Fishing, and great Fly Fishing Guides at Rocky Top Anglers.