Fishing Season: year round

Tellico River - TN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Dane Law's Tip of the Week

Good summer mountain trout fishing. Variable flows dependant on rainfall. A few good casts and keep moving. Go small if low and clear. Fish the skinny water early and late.

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Map of Tellico River

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Southeastern Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 8/8/22

Good conditions with wild fish in the tribs and good fish poulations in the mainstem. Water warming some, but frequent rains keeping the water cool. Fish early and late. Call Dane 770-655-9210. 08/08/2022

Techniques & Tips as of 8/8/22

Wade fishing the Tellico and tributaries. Best techniques - dry dropper, nymphing, and dry flies.

Local Species Available year round

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Dane Law's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

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Dane Law's Recommended Gear

Description: About Tellico River

The Tellico river is one of the largest natural Freestone Trout streams in the southeast U.S. The river originates in the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina and flows west into Tennessee as many rivers do on the western slope of the Southern Appalachians. The Tellico river is 18 miles long and the basin area including its tributaries offer a hundred miles of trout fishing. The area boasts catch and release fly fishing during delayed harvest and wild trout fishing on the tributaries.

Nearest Airport:

Knoxville, TN.


All major eastern aquatic insects are present. The mayfly season begins with drakes and quills, leading to hendrickson and duns. Stoneflies and caddis are always important.

Best Time to Fish:

early and late

Best Stretch:

North river to NC state line

Best Access:

Roadside access