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. 

Guided Fishing 

Trip Rates

We cater to the beginner as well as to the more experienced Angler. Private trophy water and public water trip options. 

Book a 2-3 day series trips and save 10%. Groups invited and welcome.

All Trips include: 

Rod, Reel and Tackle, Waders and Boots. 

Full Day Trips include Lunch.

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, gloves, warm socks, and a change of clothing.

We carry many of these items at the shop for purchase so no worries if you forget something,  we have you covered.


50% deposit is required to reserve. Balance due day of trip.

Sales Tax and a Credit/Debit Card convenience fee added. 

Gratuities are appreciated.

Drift Trips

Full Day

1-2 Anglers   $475

(Lunch Included)

Half Day

1-2 Anglers  $375

Guided Lake Fishig Trips

Half Day   $450

Full Day  $650

2 anglers

3+ Anglers Call for pricing and info.

Learn To 

Fly Fish Experience


per angler 

Never Fished before? No Problem! Our Learn To Fly Fish Experience will teach you everything you need to learn to start fishing with confidence. Your day starts with an introduction to fly gear, and equipment. Followed by an hour of rigging and casting. Than we proceed to the river to practice your skills. Lesson includes - Waders, Boots, Rod & Reel, Flies. 


This class is perfect for couples, families, or anyone who wants to get started with the sport of fly fishing.  MAKES A GREAT GIFT 

For the Angler  OR Angler to be in your life!

Wade Trips

Half Day

1 Angler  $200

2 Anglers  $275

 3 or more Anglers - Call for pricing and info.

We can accommodate up to 8 anglers for each trip.

Private Water Wade Trips


1 Angler: $300

2 Angler: $475

3+ Anglers Call for pricing and info


1 Angler: $450

2 Angler: $650

3+ Anglers  Call for Pricing and info.

(Lunch Included)

Private Trout Stream Fly Fishing Excursions:

2 night/3 day package.Nestled in the Hanging Dog Community, where the Hiwassee River and Valley River flows into Lake Hiwassee in

 Murphy, North Carolina is 

Hanging Dog Fish Camp. 

This private property offers anglers guided dry fly action on a native trout stream, with four Glamp Tents that accommodate two guests in each, up to eight guests total at any given time. 

Included in package are three half days of guided fly fishing, two nights accommodations, two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners all beverages and snacks. With free time in the afternoon to explore the local area.  


2 night/3 day package.

 $1200 plus tax Single  

$1700 plus tax Double