Been awhile since I've been on trout water. The Hiwassee seemed like a good place to get back in the troutin' groove. The Hi isn't the best tailwater trout fishery here in the Southeast, but she is second to none in terms of scenery. This is a spectacularly beautiful river and the fishing is often a secondary consideration. Sometimes it's just enough to be there.
But we did catch a few, which is nice too. We fished the Big Bend area at the head of the trophy section, a place where the river divides itself again and again into a series of troughs. The trout naturally hang out in these troughs, so it ain't exactly rocket science to catch a few fish here. Drift a big hairy rubber-legged nymph through these slots and hang on.
If you get a chance to fish the Hiwassee, check this area out. Park at Big Bend parking lot and wade out to the downstream island of the two islands that are in the middle of the river here. Hang a right when you get to that island and you'll be in the middle of those troughs. One caveat - this is a tailwater so check the release schedule from Apalachia powerhouse. This stretch of river is best wade-fished when there is no release at all. Otherwise, you probably need to be in a boat. Local fly shops will have the release info or you can check it yourself at http://www.tva.gov/. Go to reservoir info and look for Apalachia.