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.

Friday, February 28, 2014


well we are at the close of another delayed  harvest . opening day is tomorrow . they are predicting 2 generators all weekend. fishing,will good  boat or bank is your saddest bet. the store got a new shipment of gear today stop and check us out

Sunday, February 23, 2014


starting at 10 we go to 1 generator then none at 11-12 then pulse like that till 6 when it goes back to 2. so grab your waders and head on out. stop by and grab some gear and hit the river.  afterwards stop here and and get some lunch. see you on the river

Saturday, February 22, 2014


looks like we will had two generators till 11 then only one till 7 pm  looks to be a good day to wade. New spin tackle came in this week . A couple of Ugly Stik's came in , and the micro lite is a nice piece . mention this post today and receive 5% off any store brand rod. custom rods not included.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


temps are up water is down and the fishing is good!!!!. we will be open at 7:00 a.m. with hot coffee and fresh biscuits. the lures and flies you need will be waiting on you!. see ya in the morning


we have a one and none generational pulse on the river today and tomorrow. weather looks good and the fish are big. break out the waders and head up. we have new flies we are stocking this morning and ready for you. as always they are $1.75 each and a bakers dozen . buy twelve and get thirteen. see you up here

Friday, February 14, 2014


we are happy to announce that we will be carrying Uglystik rods in stock a few at first then on to a fuller selection. more new brands to come stay up our blog for new,products coming in

RFT covered bridge

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Big Fish on the Hiwassee River,,

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Big fish for the Hiwassee,,,,

The TWRA recently stocked around 400 larger trout in the tailwater section of the Hiwassee River near Reliance. These fish averaged around 3 lbs in weight. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Hiwassee River 2014

Hiwassee River Report Jan. 24, 2014
     Sorry about the lack of activity for the past month or so, but it seems like sometime I just can't keep up with everything.  I have been working my butt off fishing on both the Toccoa and here at home on the Hiwassee. Here's a quick report on with a few pics mixed in as well

Hiwassee River Jan. 24, 2014

With all the rain that we have had over the past month The Tennessee Valley Authority has been operating both turbines at Appalachia Powerhouse around the clock 24/7. The average flow rate that we are seeing is around 3000 cfs as well as a few events where the flow exceeded 6500cfs. Now this really doesn’t help any anglers who prefer to wade fish, but let me assure you its actually great for the river. The high water flows help spread out many of the stocked fish along with flushing out any extra debris that builds up here and there. Currently we have a good spread of fish from the powerhouse all the way down to Patty Bridge. That’s 18 miles of trout filled waters that we get to play with.

Water temps are averaging around 52 right now and they may drop a little more if we keep getting hit hard with these cold snaps. On the bright side the colder weather can bring on a shad kill, which we have not had yet. There were a few days where we had blue backs being washed through the gorge during a high water event, but as soon as the spill ended so did the blue backs.
Anglers can realistically expect to have decent day of fishing any time right now. The bite has been better in the later part of the day when it finally warms up a little. I have noticed that right after a one of the cold snaps come in that the bite becomes very subtle. Streamers have been the name of the game for the past several weeks. We have been fishing a variety of zonkers and buggers in a wide range of colors, nothing huge, but a size 6 has been the best for me.  On average we are seeing a good mix of fish, still mostly rainbows with a few brookies and browns mixed in.