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#1367565 - 06/15/09 08:16 AM hiawassee thoughts
stik
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i have fished the hiawassee off and on for years. there has been a "trophy" section on the river for many years yet you rarely hear of big fish being caught. is the hiawassee less fertile than the clinch and caney fork therefore not having the big fish? or is there some other reason?
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#1367574 - 06/15/09 08:26 AM Re: hiawassee thoughts [Re: stik]
kdxdude
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 Originally Posted By: stik
i have fished the hiawassee off and on for years. there has been a "trophy" section on the river for many years yet you rarely hear of big fish being caught. is the hiawassee less fertile than the clinch and caney fork therefore not having the big fish? or is there some other reason?


I talked with GW for Polk Co. & he told me they don't stock trophy section anymore & TVA doesn't generate like they used to up there, therefore GW told me that makes the Hiwassee a "put & take stream".


Edited by kdxdude (06/15/09 08:27 AM)

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#1367742 - 06/15/09 10:38 AM Re: hiawassee thoughts [Re: kdxdude]
gil1
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Interesting tidbit that could possibly be false. I was editing a trout magazine years ago, and folks from North Carolina wrote in to tell me what a dope I was (a common occurrence). Hiawassee is spelled with an "A" where it runs through North Carolina. The Tennessee section lacks the "A," - Hiwassee. Glad I could change the subject.
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#1367743 - 06/15/09 10:40 AM Re: hiawassee thoughts [Re: kdxdude]
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I go up there 2 days a week. The trophy section is fished no different than anywhere else on the river. 95% of the lures the trophy section sees are midges and small dry flies and a size 16 wooly bugger. It would be way more big fish productive if people slammed the banks with jerkbaits like they do on those rivers you mentioned.

I have maybe seen 1 person up there throwing a jerkbait. I can go and catch several in the 16" range on a 1/8th ounce white rooster tail and that is just hitting random pockets. 90% of the river is unfishable during generation unless you have a drift boat. Fly boys have those, no offense.

And FYI on labor day the run all the gens from 11 am. to midnight. and on no generation there is still PLENTY of deep water to house some big fish.

You want some real fun go getcha a drift boat and take a 10" raninbow and hit some deep 25+ up the river from hiwassee outfitters and you will catch some of the biggest stripers you have ever seen.
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#1367812 - 06/15/09 11:23 AM Re: hiawassee thoughts [Re: Buckblaster]
stik
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i do not flyfish. i have fished with both roostertails and crankbaits and the biggest fish we catch are about 13 in. i have heard and seen some 3-5 lb fish(trout) but no real big fish.
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#1367825 - 06/15/09 11:35 AM Re: hiawassee thoughts [Re: stik]
B.D.
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From what I understand, the Hiwassee gets pretty warm in late summer. That might limit the number of bigger fish.

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#1368239 - 06/15/09 05:50 PM Re: hiawassee thoughts [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
i do not flyfish. i have fished with both roostertails and crankbaits and the biggest fish we catch are about 13 in. i have heard and seen some 3-5 lb fish(trout) but no real big fish.


Most of the bigger fish are untouchable unless you have a drift boat.
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#1368946 - 06/16/09 07:21 AM Re: hiawassee thoughts [Re: Buckblaster]
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Where's Tubs? I know he knows all about this.
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