The Shop:

Reliance Fly & Tackle is the areas oldest locally owned fly shop/country store. We are a small store located in Reliance Tn, on the Hiwassee River. If you are in the area chances are we have what you need. Flies, leaders, Tippet, Rods, spinning gear, picnic supplies, Deli, Gas, & Beer. We have several campsites and a bunkhouse for overnight lodging located on Childers Creek behind the store. On Most weekends we do offer smoked chicken and rib dinners.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hiwassee River Water Flows

I have been watching the water levels for the Hiwassee Reservoir and it seems that we are still below the flood guide for this time of year. We may get some generation sporadically but it's hard to say what going to happen for a bit. In short we need some rain, If we can get a few good soakings then maybe TVA will kick up the flow some. Cross your fingers because we need some water and maybe we can get some shad floating through as well.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hiwassee River Delayed Harvest Program

Hiwassee River Delayed Harvest.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Implemented a Delayed Harvest (DH) program on the Appalachia tailwater section of the Hiwassee River during the 2011-2012 seasons. This is the first DH on a tailwater river in the state.  This 2012-2013 season will be second year of the program and anglers from across the southeast should be keeping an eye on this one. Over the Course of the season last year the river was full of fish and anglers were constantly reporting catches of fish in the 12 -16 inch range throughout the winter season.

With the arrival of the spring season the river was fishing like a champ. TVA was operating the river on a one generation schedule and the fishing was great. I can personally think of at least a dozen trips from this spring where we started out fishing dry flies and continued to do so all day long. By the end of the D.H. season we were noticing a remarkably better catch rate for larger sized fish. Temperatures have held strong all summer this year and we should have plenty of hold over fish to start out with this year. That in combination with the D.H. season starting up for the 2nd season things should get very interesting in Reliance.

The Hiwassee can be fished both on foot and by boat with the 2nd option being my preferred method. The “Wass” can be waded on both one and two generators, but anglers need to be familiar with the area they are fishing in and exercise plenty of caution while wading on high water. The river can be wade fished very easily on a one generator flow rate. Anglers will have a wide variety of places to choose from for wading opportunities. Now wade fishing on two generators is a little more difficult and there are fewer places on the river where anglers can wade safely. I do like to fish the river on low water flows, but over the past dozen years or so of fishing this river,” i personally think that the Hiwassee fishes better with a high water release schedule”.

Our shop guides,  use McKenzie style drift boats to float fish on the river. This is by far our preferred method to work with people on the water. This style of boat allows us to carry anglers anywhere on the river with all of the comforts and amenities of a mobile fly shop. We offer float trips as long as we have at least a one generator release throughout the day.  The river fishes very well on both a one and two generator flow schedule. Again I will say, “The river fishes better on a one generator flow schedule from the top all the way down”.

For up to date fishing reports for the Hiwassee River please go look at the following websites or call for more information.  423-338-7771

The Delayed Harvest regulations for the Hiwassee River are as follows.

Catch and Release only from October 1rst 2012 – February 28th 2013

Artificial lures only and the use or possession of any bait is prohibited.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hiwassee River, July 10

     Ok so it's hot, but the water temps on the "Wass are still cold and the fishing is good. We have a new selection of Isonychia dry fly's coming in to finish up this hatch along with some new terrestrial and attractor patterns for summer fishing. I know i sound like a broken record, but it's like ive been saying all season the river is fishing great. Pick out your bugs and fish them well and you will catch fish. If not then stop in the shop and we will help you pick the right bugs. This is a great time of year for fishing on the Hiwassee, just make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated while your out in the sun.

Friday, June 29, 2012


The Isonychia's are fishing strong on the Hiwassee River right now. Nymphs, emergers, and dry flies if you can get the drift the fish will eat it. We have some great patterns in stock at the shop right, so make sure to stop in a get the right bug on your way up to the river.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

4th of July on the Hiwassee

     June has come and is almost gone, the summer heat has finally kicked in, and things are definetly hopping on the river. The Fishing conditions on the river are great. Wade fishermen are reporting good fishing in the morning as well as the evenings when the water is down. Our guides are having great days on the water as well both with numbers of fish and with some nice sized ones as well. Make sure to stop in and take a look at the fly list to see whats working on the river. Our guides keep it updated for us to help you catch more fish.

     The 4th of July will be here next wendsday so the next two weeks will be very busy in Reliance. If you are planning a trip to the river make your reservations now and be ready to see a lot of people on the water over the next two weekends.

           Reliance Fly & Tackle

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Fishing, June 21, 2012

The fishing on the Hiwassee River is hot right now. We are having one of the best fishing seasons that we have had in a couple of years on the river. Anglers and our shop guides are reporting excellent days on the water.