Bald River Falls
Angie Marsh fishing Tellico River
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Fly Fishing The Tellico River Tennessee
The Tellico River is a freestone stream located in the
Cherokee National Forest in southeast Tennessee. It’s
headwaters begin in North Carolina and flows for almost
twenty miles to Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

The main stem of the Tellico River is heavily stocked by
the state and requires a special permit to fish. It's a very
large freestone mountain stream. It probably has a few
wild trout mixed in its waters, especially in its upper
section. Its best assets are its smaller, wild trout
headwater streams that contain native (and wild)
brook trout, wild rainbow trout and wild brown trout.

The North River, shown in a couple of the images in this
section, is an excellent little brown trout stream. It will
fool anyone that's not familiar with its large browns. It
also has rainbows and its upper section has brook trout.
Its headwaters are located just below the Cherohala
Skyway and you can actually access the upper sections
of the North river from the highway.

Bald Creek may be one of the best wild brown trout
streams in Southern Tennessee. Its beautiful falls, which
are located at the mouth of the creek, flows into the
Tellico river in full view from the road. Above the falls,
the river flows through a gorge located in the Bald River
Gorge Wilderness. There's a trail that follows the stream
through the gorge. When fly fishing Bald Creek, you will
find you will usually have it to yourself. The farther you
go up the gorge, the easier the going. Its lower end is
very steep. At the upper end of the gorge, a distance of
about four miles, the river changes to a more moderate

Sycamore Creek is a great little native brook trout
stream. This is a small, typical brook trout stream with
short cascades and plunges above small pools of water
that holds the brook trout. It begins near the fish
hatchery where it's followed  by a forest service road.
The lower end has a good population of wild rainbows.

There's a "Delayed Harvest" season that starts on
October first and goes through the middle of March. It's
strictly catch and release regulations with single hook
artificial flies/lures only.

There's a daily Tellico/Citico permit required to fish the
Tellico River. It's required in addition to your Tennessee
fishing license.

The season is open year-round.
Spring is the best time for fly fishing the Tellico River.
That is when most of the hatches occur.
The upper headwaters fish well during the Summer. We
would suggest you avoid the lower section in late August
and September.
Autumn is the next, and maybe even the best, season to
fish the Tellico River.  
Winter can be a good time to fish this stream, especially
on those warm days. We have caught trout on this
stream during cold January days.  

Fly Fishing Guide to the Tellico River:
Fly fishing the Tellico River is first of all a matter of when
and where.
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Type of Stream

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Brook Trout

Medium to Large

Southeastern Tennessee

Nearest Towns
Tellico Plains

Year - round


Special Regulations
Special Permit Required
Delayed Harvest Season

Non-Resident License
State of Tennessee

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Angie fishing early Fall season low water in the main river
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