Re: Hiwassee R.Tn

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Posted by GRW on June 26, 1997 at 02:14:24:

In Reply to: Re: Hiwassee R.Tn posted by Mike on June 25, 1997 at 19:41:13:

> : : Hooker,the Hiwassee above Reliance,Tn offers some great fishing.It is clear about 150 yards wide
> : : at Big Bend and the Stairsteps.And at Big Bend it can still be waded when generators are going,if
> : : you know where to get in(just E mail and I'll tell you where.).I have fished since the early 80's
> : : from the power house to US 411.We usually camped at Gee Creek (Cross bridge on 411 then look for sign)
> : : Quinn Springs is also good(On TN32 toward Reliance).We even stay at Gee CK.when we go to Smokey's.The
> : : campgrounds are crowded in summer--rafters,canoers and such.But at Big Bend they mostly go down far side
> : : so they really don't bother you much.A out of state lic.will cost 51.00, that's right,and I dont know
> : : about 3,7 day.I always bought the season because that river is just so damn beautiful.In the spring
> : : when they dont generate so much,the fishing at Gee Ck campground at the indian fish-trap can be outstand-
> : : ing for browns,bows and smallmouth can be outstanding.And at the time the dogwoods are blooming in in the
> : : campground--the caddis hatches at gee creek section of the river will resemble a blizzard.We use to go up
> : : alot between Oct--April and there were alot a times we had campground to our selves for days.Please anybody
> : : that needs more imfo just email me.If you haven't been on the Hiwassee near Reliance,Tn.You are missing out
> : : on a beautiful river that has some really great trout fishing.And yes there are stripers there but no jet
> : : skiers-the browns eat em.GRW
> :
> : And,oh yes,It was on the Hiwassee that I learned what a great fly the 16 Dorato is (the caddis are typically
> : dark).and it matches the Hendricksons in Mar and the Isonichia in late summer.

> I just got my float tube for Fathers' Day. Is the Hiawassee a good river for float tubes? If so
> I'll be going within the next two weeks.
> Thanks for your help
> Mike

Mike,The Hiwassee is a great river for float tubing above Reliance
when the generators are on.When gen.are off you will mostly have to tote
that float tube,especially in Big Bend area.They are tuff on safety vest
up there.So be sure you have float vest with you.When water is off I
would float from Reliance down stream but not with water on--You
might wind up at Chattanooga via the Tenn.R.

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