Monday, February 17, 2014

Hiwassee Feb. 2014

I met up with Streamer Rob and Goto for a float down the Hiwassee in Reliance. Originally, we were counting on two generators, but TVA decided to pulse this weekend. We decided to give it a go regardless.  It worked out pretty well.  We put in at the launch at the 10 a.m. pulse and made our way slowly down stream.  The fishing was slow for the 3-4 hours.  The 2nd pulse came on around 2 p.m. and we decided to take a break and eat lunch.  We then drifted our way down a little further and found a nice set of runs.  The highlight of the trip was at the end, when a nice hatch came off, and we started getting into fish on dry flies, nymphs, and streamers.  I hooked a large bow that spit the hook about 5 seconds into the fight - I saw the fish, probably 18-20 inches.  I managed a nice 15 inch bow to hand, but the one that got away was painful. We didn't catch a ton of fish, but it was a really good day to be on the water.