The Hiwassee River’s riverbed is fairly level as it travels along the valley floor and great for fishing and fly fishing due to its accessibility. All mountain rivers are either located on forestry lands, county lands or private lands. Valley lands are primarily private owned though in many cases county roads both paved and unpaved skirt these waterways in many places. To find access to these fishing locations it best to use a county map or gain permission from private property owners to access the riverbank. Maps concerning National Forest property will locate river access from unpaved roads yet most forest river and stream access is often overgrown with fewer access points though the isolation in these forest locations is its own reward. Lake Chatuge was founded in 1942. TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) constructed a 2,950 foot earth-filled dam across the Hiawassee River. Originally for the purpose of flood control and to bring affordable electrical power to the area.

Lake Chatuge has an abundance of scenic coves along its 133 mile shoreline are great for fishing, swimming, boating, camping and other water sports. Lake Chatuge which travels between Hiawassee Georgia and Hayesville North Carolina. The entire lake is approximately 7,200 acres, 3,700 of which are in Clay County.

The Weir, just north of the dam, offers picnic tables and a launch for canoes and tubes for a trip on the Hiawassee River to a take out area near Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area.

There are three public boat ramps on the North Carolina side of Lake Chatuge: Jackrabbit Mountain Campground, off Hwy 175; Gibson Cove Campground, off Myers Chapel Road; and Ledford Chapel Wildlife Access Ramp, on Hwy 64.

Fishing: Thirty-two species of fish inhabit Lake Chatuge, with Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, spotted Bass, Sunfish and White Bass predominating. Striped White Bass hybrids are stocked annually.

Fishing licenses are required for all except residents using digestible bait, whether fishing in streams or the lake; short-term licenses are available for visitors.

Flowing westward the Hiwassee River winds is way across the extreme southwestern tail of Western North Carolina. Finding its way to the mountain town of Murphy, Cherokee County North Carolina the Hiwassee River joins the Valley River converging on the northern tip of Murphy. Together the two rivers flow through a gorge a short distant to Hiwassee Lake and merge with the waters of Nottely River in the Nantahala National Forest. Hiwassee Lake is located north of the town of Murphy below the southern edge of the Lower Unaka Mountains also known as the Unicoi Mountains. Hiwassee Lake is a long channel lake with many side channels to explore for fishing enthusiast. The lake is also used for recreational boating though there’s no large body of water on the lake, which often draws most boating recreation. 

Our Guides are here to make your day out on the water a great

 fly fishing experience. 

Our knowledgable Guides are patient and helpful to the beginner and 

 to the most experienced angler. 

We pride ourselfs on making sure you - the client, comes first!


Come to Andrews Anglers in 

Hayesville, NC!

Whether you’re a fly fisherman or an angler, our area offers excellent opportunities to get your fish on! 

There are three rivers and seven lakes within minutes of our beautiful valley. 

Come to Hayesville and Fish with us!

We can arrange a full weekend or multi-day wade and drift trips for you and/or your group.

 Fishing school is a great way for a team building, corporate event, or for small groups and family excursions.

Call us for more information 

and to make reservations.

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Take a  weekend or a week to Learn the Art of Fly Fishing.

 Guided Fly Fishing school for you and your group.

Call us to plan your next team building or outing.

Our Guides

Andrew Bruce

Andrew has been fishing since he was a kid, starting in Englands canals and rivers and streams.  Andrew also has experience in Deep sea fishing and saltwater flats fishing. Currently he fishes the Northwest Georgia, Western North Carolina and Eatern Tennessee area rivers and streams in the Snowbird and Appalachian Mountain areas. His passion for the sport of Fly Fishing and the love of the great outdoors can be seen with every fish his clients catch.

John Porter

John has years of experience as a Hunting and Fishing Guide starting in the back wood camps of Maine. When he moved to North Carolina 15 years ago he sought out the hidden gems of wild trout streams of Western North Carolina. John will Guide you on wild and our Private Trout Streams for a wade trip you wont soon forget. 

Benjamin Bruce

Benjamin has been fishing

 since the age of two.

Ben has been lucky enough to grow up around the water-fishing. 

 From backwater flats fishing around Bonita Springs-Naples, Fl to Beach Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, to Deep Sea Fishing in the Atlantic 

and the Caribbean.  Living in Northwest Georgia Ben has been fishing the local waterways of NC, TN and GA for over 15 years and with the abundance of rivers, creeks and streams in our area, Ben knows how to get his clients on the fish. 

Ben has a lot of patience for the beginner and is a great teacher.

Chandler Teems

Chandler has been fishing, hunting, fishing more since he was a very young boy. Today Chandler fishes the local waterways, creeks, streams and hideaway- hidden gem streams. He has a passion for getting the Angler on fish and will use everything in his fly box to do so. Chandler also is a serious Fly Tier and teaches Fly Tying classes.