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Hiwassee River

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Tellico Angler

  • Locations

    Reliance, Tennessee, United States

  • Activities


  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    Full day

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    As arranged

  • Price Includes

    Bottled water, snacks, deli style lunch, any equipment needed.

  • Notes

    These trips are perfect for the entire family. No wading required. Instruction provided, if desired, at no additional cost.


  • Catch brown and rainbow trout.
  • Enjoy the comfort of a drift boat as you float down a large, western type river.
  • The most scenic tailwater fishery in the state.
  • Fly fishing or spin tackle, your choice.
  • Striper fishing available (in season only).


Trip Info

The Hiwassee River is our favorite tailwater fishery. It is by far our favorite river in East Tennessee for dry fly fishing. It’s as close to a big, western type dry fly river that you will find in any of the southern states. It’s also the state’s first scenic river, and after one look you’ll know why. The scenery and shear size of this trout fishery will astonish many that are not familiar with tailwater fisheries.

On any given day, you can catch trout by whatever means you prefer. You can start out with a dry fly, taking advantage of the early morning hatch, and then progress to casting deep nymphs or beating the banks with big streamer patterns in the afternoon. After lunch, we often keep up the subsurface attack until the rising fish are begging us to switch back over for some surface action. Many of our clients come to fish dry flies exclusively and can stay busy catching fish throughout the entire day.

Let Tellico Angler help you plan your next memorable experience.

Tellico Angler

Steve Bryson is the owner and operator of Tellico Angler, a professional outfitter and guide service based in Tellico Plains, TN. We are located in the heart of some of the best fishing that East TN has to offer. We specialize in guiding fishermen for trout, smallmouth and striper. We are a fly fishing guide service, but we realize that not everyone is interested in this type of fishing. Therefore, we also offer all of our trip options to those that prefer using spin fishing equipment. Either way is fine with us, we just want you to enjoy your special day on the water.

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