South Holston River

Stream Reports

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:07pm

The South Holston has been the place to be of late.  The Watauga has been running a little big for my taste lately, sadly because I love the caddis bite.  Thankfully the South Holston has been a consistent 1200cfs, which makes the whole river easily floated and very fishable.  I've been spending most of my time on the lower river, but the whole river has been fishing well.  This trend should continue for the foreseeable future.  There are daily oppurtunities for fishing dries and the nymph...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 2:09pm

It's time to get on the water.  The spring fishing has been good on all rivers as is only going to get better as we enter April.  Mother's day caddis is on the Watauga is right around the corner.  The South Holston is about to fire up with spring bwo's and the lower river sulphurs.  Local rivers are also warming up and fish are eager to feed. Give me a call to get on the calendar 828 719-1543

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:53pm

The South Holston will be running at 1300 to 1600 for the next few days.  It's about two thirds the normal high water flow and the whole river is floatable.  The nymph bite has been on fire with good numbers of fish coming to net.  New water levels are always interesting to fish and the fish really seem to like this flow.  Hopefully it will continue for a while but we'll see what happens.

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:49pm

The South Holston has been a difficult fishery lately.  Low water and random releases have made the bite tricky and the fish ultra spooky.  That's not to say it can't produce it's just tough and requires longer casts with lighter setups.  For those up for the challenge it's still worth fishing, just keep your expectations in check and be willing to learn from your mistakes.  High water has been a little tougher this year than in years past.  The number of fish being hooked is down a little,...

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 12:44pm

Although I've been spending most of my time recently on the Watauga, I have snuck over to the South Holston occasionally.  It's fishing well, with the ocassional big sulphur hatch in the evening.  The sulphurs will be a daily occurance somewhere on the river from now on, so it's a great time to be on the water.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:30pm

Spring is upon us in Eastern Tennessee.  Along with the nice weather TVA has stopped running water most days, allowing for plenty of low water oppurtunities.  The river is fishing well from top to bottom.  Baetis is the main menu item but midges and sulphur nymphs are also productive.  There has been a late day hatch of sulphurs lower on the river and some sporadic activity mid river.  Spring is the best time to be on the river and the quality of fish being caught has been solid.  Give us a...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 2:41pm

The South Holston River has been fishing well over the last few weeks.  The flows have been a little sporadic, but the TVA seems to be getting ready to run it wide open.  When they get it on a consistent schedule it will really turn on.  The brown trout are starting to move onto their redds, but like last year they're taking their time about it.  Be sure to tread lighlty this time of year and mind the closed sections.  Nymphing has been the ticket lately and getting your flies down in the...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 1:55pm

The rain has finally arrived and we've needed it.  Even though it's been a big change from the blue bird days we've been having, the fishing has been great.  The big browns are on the move and if you can find them the rewards are great.  We are in the transitional period between Sulphurs and Baetis, but there has been enough hatch activity to get the fish moving.  The TVA has cut back on the release schedule, giving good opportunities for low water fishing.  Dry fly fishing is still a...

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:33pm

The fall is approaching rapidly and the brown trout are on the move.  With dam releases tapering off, low water is the norm and this is one of the best times to target big browns. The sulphur hatches are still relatively strong during generation and sporadic during low water.  The fish are transitioning over to a primarily midge diet.  Dry fly fishing has slowed down for all but the most die hard, but the nymph fishing has been solid.  The fish are eager to feed, are fat and healthy, and...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 2:20am

Well we've almost made it through the dog days of summer. Hot temperatures and low water levels have made it difficult to fish the high country streams. Thankfully that is not our only option. The South Holston and Watauga tail waters are fishable all summer and provide some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. There are daily Sulphur hatches during generation on the upper South Holston. The fish will be eating on top most afternoons, and the nymph fishing has been good to excellent when...