South Holston River

Stream Reports

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...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:28pm

The South Holston river has been fishing great over the last couple of weeks.  The Sulphurs have showed up most days, no blanket hatches, but enough to get the fish going.  I haven't seen any big fish rising, but they have been eating nymphs well.  I've been fortunate to have some capable anglers in the boat lately.  That has opened up the oppurtunity to target some larger fish.  It's a great time to target large browns, if you have a little skill.  Congratulations to my clients that have...

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:24pm

Spent the weekend guiding the South Holston, with a little fun fishing mixed in. Plenty of action, especially in the early afternoon. Sulphurs made a daily appearance with varying intensity. Recent Miami of Ohio graduate Josh started his life journey off right with a great brown (and few other fish too.).  We've been getting connected to some outstanding fish lately, proof postive that the South Holston deserves it's reputation.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 5:17pm

The South Holston is starting to heat up.  Sulphurs are definitely on the menu, especially in the afternoon.  The hatches are varied in intesity, but the fish are looking up for them.  The river seems like it could blow up any day now.  The morning nymph bite has been good, with fish eating a variety of flies.  With June right around the corner expect some high water, but for now low water has been the story.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 12:43pm

Mother Nature has been doing her best to make it difficult to be a guide this April.  We've been getting it done though despite her best efforts.  To compound the issues all the dams in our home waters seem to be having issues, so it been adding to the variables.  The South Holston has been our saving grace and keeping us fishing.  The high water bite has been decent, but not great.  The good news is the fish are starting to look up and dry flies are putting fish in the net.  Low water on...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 4:47pm

We've been spending some time on the lower river fishing streamers.  Although numbers have been modest the quality has been decent.  The nymph bite is getting ready to be fantastic, but its always fun to see if you can't move some of the larger browns on the big stuff.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 2:13pm

Rain and snow melt had the South Holston colored up over the weekend.  Fish were still on the feed but a little hard to come by.  The high dirty water had the fish pushed near the banks.  Fishing water 2 to 3 feet deep with moderate current produced the best results.  We floated the whole river over the weekend and the fish seem to be spreading out a bit.  Mid-day is the most comfortable time to fish and seems to be when things get going, but don't let the falling temps push you off the...

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:56pm

Spent the weekend fishing the South Holston. The bugs are spotty and the fishing can be as well. If you find the right water, good things can happen. The bwo is the most obvious activity, but that is not all they want to eat. Play around to find the right stuff.  The best water we've found is about 2 ft in depth with mellow current.  The changing weather keeps the bite from being consistent, but good things are right around the corner.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 1:50pm

The South Holston is slowly moving into it's winter time mode.  During low water the bite is shifting to bwo's and midges.  Nymphing is the ticket to consistent success, but there are still possibilities for rising fish.  High water is still fishing well especially on nymphs.  The fish are starting to stage up for the spawn.  Be aware of redds and try to avoid fishing to actively spawning fish.  There are two closed sections on the river right now so pay attention to the signs.  If you can...