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  • Hiawassee shad kill

    The yearly Hiawassee shad kill has started. The crows are sitting along the river in heavy numbers and White Woolly Buggers are getting multiple strikes on a single retrive. My best friend was on the river from the powerhouse to Reliance and they took 50+ fish with twice that many short strike misses most on white buggers. They didn't get the big Browns that that river use to be known for but hey 50 fish in December!!!!!
    "Fly Fishing Is Not A Team Sport"----Tom McGuane

    The fisherman now is one who defies society, who rips lips, who drains the pool, who takes no prisoners, who is not to be confused with the sissy with the creel and bamboo rod. Granted, he releases what he catches, but in some cases, he strips the quarry of its perilous soul before tossing it back in the water. What was once a trout – cold, hard, spotted and beautiful – becomes “number seven.”
    Tom McGuane

  • #2
    Anyone seeing any shad on the Hiwassee yet this year?

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    • #3
      Very nice. Thanks for the post!

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      • #4
        I've been working a lot this month and so far the shad kill IS NOT happening yet. We've seen a handful of shad but nowhere near the numbers of a full on shad kill.

        Yesterday was the first day that I've seen other boats on the water in the past three weeks. But the fishing has been very good so I'm not complaining. White streamers will catch plenty of fish but its not because the shad kill. Hopefully we'll start seeing them soon.

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        • #5
          Yeah I was think the same thing, just not cold enough yet for the shad kill.

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          • #6
            I'm hoping after this next round of cold we should start having some shad die off on the Hiwasseee. Anybody been seeing any yet?

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            • #7
              Now

              Can't make link but recent post on hiwassee.net says it has started
              http://southernhighlandsflyrod.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                We were seeing a small amount of 4 - 6" shad coming down the bypass last week. Only saw two all day yesterday. Still, not many if any coming through the turbines. Fish will eat shad patterns though.

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                • #9
                  Nothing much new to report on a Hiwassee shad kill.

                  Still seeing a few here and there but nowhere near epic numbers for sure.

                  Good news is, with few real shad coming......it sure makes our patterns stand out.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the update Rocky! Sounds like there are enough coming through to make them have a taste for them. Maybe this next cold snap will help.

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                    • #11
                      Still very few shad on the Hiwassee. When we do see them they are large 5" 7" shad, but like I said......very few.

                      We've definitely had the cold but I'm guessing the shad just aren't there in large numbers this year. Last year was epic with millions of small (2" shad) washing through the turbines. The shad kill seems to run a cycle of it's own. Some years are good, some are great and some just never materialize. This seams to be one of those years where they just don't happen all that well.

                      Now for the good news. The fish have seen some shad and they will react to shad patterns. In fact, it might be easier to fish a shad now as your fly doesn't have a lot of better tasting competition to deal with. My clients have been catching some very nice fish and we're fishing shad patterns.

                      But, I don't want anyone to be mislead that a huge shad kill is happening because it's not. I suppose it could still happen and I'll keep you all informed if it does.
                      Goo Goo Ga Choob!

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                      • #12
                        A friend and myself are heading up to the Hi in a few weeks and cabin fever has me tying up all sorts of wonky shad patterns (amongst other wonky patterns) .. but 5-7"?! Dang. Going to have to tie up a 6".

                        Thanks for the update!
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                        • #13
                          Those look nice for sure.
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                          • #14
                            The Game Changer pattern could be just the ticket up there.

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                            • #15
                              I'd use a white zonked.

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