Hiwassee River Guides is a professional fly fishing guide service located in east Tennessee. Our Fly Fishing Guides provide excellent guided fly fishing trips on all of the tail waters in east Tennessee. Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Hiwassee River are performed in whitewater Drift Boats by experienced operators. Float trips are performed using both traditional  Drift Boats, Rafts, motorized river jets. Hiwassee River Guides are very experienced knowledgeable on all the waters that where we offer trips. As well as being Licensed in East Tennessee and Kentucky our  Fly Fishing Guides have years of experience on all the big tail waters, including the Clinch River, Hiwassee River, Holston River, Cumberland River, South Holston River, and many smaller freestone rivers such as the Collins River, Ocoee River, & Tellico River as well as many more..  Hiwassee River Guides is a licensed and Permitted by the United States Forest Service, Cherokee National Forest for commercial operations on the Hiwassee River in Reliance, Tennessee. We are one of four licensed operators for the Hiwassee.

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     Hiwassee River Guides is a full time fly fishing outfitter located in  Reliance Tennessee. Our Guides are licensed U.S.C.G. Captains, State Licensed by the Tennessee Wildlife​ Resource Agency, Licensed Guides in the State of Kentucky for the Cumberland River, and Permitted by the U.S.F.S. to operate in the Cherokee National Forest Service on the Hiwassee River in Reliance.

​     H.R.G. provides both full and 1/2 day guided fishing trips on a majority of the T.V.A. tail waters and several lakes across the Tennessee River Valley. Our Home water is the Hiwassee River in Reliance, Tn. While the Hiwassee is our home we also regularly fish the Clinch and Holston Rivers near Knoxville, Tn. the Toccoa River located near Blue Ridge, Ga., and the Cumberland River in Southern Kentucky.

​     If you have any questions concerning any of our area waters or would like any information about area conditions, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to help in any way we can.




Year Round Guided Trips, Jet Boats, Drift Boats, & Walk and Wade fishing trips. ​

Summer Stripers:

  The  Striped Bass Run on the Hiwassee is a late spring through summer activity.  If you are  interested in trying to catch a larger fish on the fly. Give us a call we have several sections of river for 1/2 day float trips targeting stripers.  

Striper Fishing can start as early as May and Continue on through October.

Book your trip today:

Cpt. Bill Stranahan



Since we fish year round our focus changes some throughout the year as river conditions and fish movements change within our fisheries. Depending on what your main focus is weather it be a specific river or a fish species the following information may help you decide when and where you want to fish.

Trout Fishing

Hiwassee:  Delayed Harvest Season is October 1rst - last day of February, 

                   March - August

Clinch:  Year round depending on water release schedule

Holston: March - July

Cumberland:  July - December

​Toccoa: Year round depending on water release schedule

We usually start fishing warm water fishing starting in April and continuing on through the summer as long as the bite is consistent.

Professionally Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Hiwassee River and Surrounding waters in the Tennessee Valley.

 Hiwassee River Guides offers GuidedTrips in East Tennessee, Kentucky, & North Georgia. Guided trips on the Hiwassee, Clinch, Holston, Toccoa & Cumberland Rivers  targeting Trout, Smallmouth Bass, & Striped Bass.