Re: Hiwassee River

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Posted by GregC on September 04, 1998 at 17:53:05:

In Reply to: Hiwassee River posted by Steve Keeble on September 02, 1998 at 20:30:48:

Steve, I have a fishing buddy who uses a 16 foot
ClackaCraft on the Hiwassee. We always go
river right (northern side) at Stairstep. The guides seem to always take that route. I feel there is no good way. SS kills a driftboat. I wouldn't run it without at least 2500+ cfs. Once this summer we almost lost it when we hung on a rock. You might want to stop and ask some of the guides at Hiwassee Outfitters for their suggestions. Good Luck!

> As a recent subscriber to NGTO, I have really enjoyed it!!!

> I have just finished building a driftboat and would like some advice. I have fished the Hiwassee River in TN several times, especially the Big Bend area. Can anyone advise on the best route across the "Stairsteps" to avoid trashing the boat. I've seen boats go over it before but never really paid attention to the route.

> I'm also planning on fishing it pretty hard this fall and winter, and you guys are welcome to join me. If you've never fished out of a driftboat, it is great. My back and knees are never sore from climbing over all those rocks.

> Thanks in advice.

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