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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Hiwassee River
The fly lines you need to fish the Hiwassee River tailwater could range from a 4
weight, floating fly line, to a 6 weight, floating fly line. Smaller dry flies and midge
imitations could be fished on a 4 or 5 weight line. The 6 weight line would be best for
larger nymphs and streamers. You could get by with a 5 weight line for it all.
The rod for the 4 or 5 weight fly line should be between eight and nine feet in length in
a medium to medium fast action. If you fish midges on this rod, you would want it to
have some flex to it. That would help protect light tippets necessary for the tiny flies.
The rod for the 6 weight line should be at least eight and a half feet long, preferably
nine feet long, in a moderately fast to fast action. You would want a slightly stiffer tip
The reels for the 4 weight line, 5 weight and 6 weight fly lines should have good drags
and be as light weight as possible. The disc drags are the best and are what we would
You should have leaders ranging in size from 3X down to a 7X. The lengths should
vary from seven and a half feet up to twelve feet.
Be sure to carry extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 3X to 7X.
Even if you drift the Hiwassee River, you would want to use waders. You may have to
or want to get out of the boat.
Either felt soles or the new rubber sole boots would work best.
A wading staff is a good thing to have with you on the Hiwassee River, especially if you
are wading with very much current.
A landing net would be optional. They could come in very handy if you happen to hook
a large trout on a light tippet.
Naturally we recommend our "Perfect Flies". Our specific imitations of caddisflies,
mayflies, midges and other insects and our streamers are the best trout flies you can
buy. We recommend you use our hatch chart to select the flies for the time you plan
on fishing the Hiwassee River.
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Photo Courtesy Steven Lamb
Photo Courtesy Steven Lamb
Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 and 6X, Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 line size
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (email@example.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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