Hiwassee River

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Big fish, great wading, and lots of bugs. The secret to the Hiwassee’s reputation as Tennessee’s premier trout tailwater may be found in the fact that its flows are slightly warmer than those of the Clinch, South Holston, or Watauga. That means prolific hatches of mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies. Rising in the mountains of Northeastern Georgia, the Hiwassee flows through four impoundments before slipping into the tunnel at Appalachia Dam and emerging about 10 miles downstream to reclaim its channel. Species: Brown, brook, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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"Big fish, great wading, and lots of bugs. The secret to the Hiwassee’s reputation as Tennessee’s premier trout tailwater may be found in the fact that its flows are slightly warmer than those of the Clinch, South Holston, or Watauga.

That means prolific hatches of mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies. Rising in the mountains of Northeastern Georgia, the Hiwassee flows through four impoundments before slipping into the tunnel at Appalachia Dam and emerging about 10 miles downstream to reclaim its channel. Species: Brown, brook, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Chattanooga
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Tennessee DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Hiwassee River

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May 2018