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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The Norris Dam tailwater is a fishery with healthy populations of both rainbow and Brown trout. The river receives supplemental stocking from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA). The Sections of river above the Hwy 61 bridge are considered by many to be one of the premier trout waters in the state. With low water flow the river is easily wade fished from several public access points. Norris Dam downstream to the Weir is open to the public. Millers Island is the next public access area just downstream about a mile from the weir. The Peach Orchard boat ramp area is about 3-4 miles below the Millers Island access and is the last public access point until the Hwy 61 bridge.

The wade fishing is good so long as you get there early and can find a place to fish away from the masses. We prefer to fish the clinch on a mixed water flow or a continous  one generator schedule. The river is still fishable on two generators depending on the amount of flow. At higher water levels It becomes more of quality over quantity game at that point, but the higher water levels usually brings out the larger fish. The Clinch is a nice little bug factory with midges, sulphurs, and blue wings being the  main course on this river. With consistent water flow anglers can usually find fish rising along current lines off the banks on high water flows. When the bugs are hatching a good supply of both Blue Wing Olives and Sulphurs is a must for every fisherman here.


We offer both full and 1/2 day trips on the Clinch River depending on water flows.

Water flows on the clinch can be estimated using the following information.

One Generator:
Millers Island       1 hour
Peach Orchard      2.5-3 hours
Hwy 61 Bridge     5.5-6 hours

Two Generators:
Millers Island        .5 hours
Peach Orchard       1.5-2 hours  
Hwy 61 bridge       3.5-4 hours


Clinch River, Knoxville Tn.

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.