South Holston River

Stream Reports

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:56pm

Had a great day on the water Tuesday September 23 with Billy and Bubba, from Project Healing Waters.  We wade fished in the morning and floated in the afternoon.  It was great to share the day with these guys and put Bubba on his first trout on the fly.  The river is fishing well as we move into fall.  Low water BWO activity is picking up, the weather is beautiful, and the scenery is getting better by the day.  Not to mention the bite is getting better as we leave the dog days behind us.  ...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:35pm

The South Holston has been a nice mix of high and low water of late.  Both water levels have been fishing very well.  We have been catching good numbers of fish on nymphs, with some quality fish in the mix.  As we move into October the BWO hatch will begin to take over.  The fishing can be every bit as good as the sulphur bite,  you just don't get to fish those big flies.  During low water midges and baetidae are the flies of choice.  During cloudy weather you may even see some rising fish...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 6:06pm

Well high water is finally upon us on the South Holston.  After a long and low summer the TVA is finally running some water.  The high water tends to bring the sulphurs,  so the dry fly fishing is picking up.  So far the dry fly bite has been spotty, but still productive.  The nymph bite on the upper river has been very consistent.  Sulphur nymphs and midges have been getting it done.  There is still plenty of opportunity to fish low water especially on the weekends.  Low water tends to be...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 4:14pm

With water levels at a bare minimum and bright sunny days the fishing has been difficult of late.  We have been floating the upper middle river lately.  The mid morning bite has been the most consistent.  Fish are stacking in medium depth runs, and pools.  The insect activity in this stretch has been minimal.  So the bite can be difficult to figure out.  Smaller mayfly nymphs and midges have been my top producers, but you have to work for your fish.  The fish in the shallower water are...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:14am

The South Holston River is home to some fat Brown Trout.  It has been producing some healthy fish of late.  The big Browns are on the move. If you're the right place, at the right time, with the right flies you might just get a shot.  Sulphurs are still the dominate menu item, but don't be scared to mix it up a bit.  The best bite is post pulse, so try to time your trip accordingly.  The best hatches of sulphurs happen in the upper 3 miles of river, with sporadic activity below that.  We...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 2:20am

The South Holston continues to fish well as sulphurs dominate the menu.  The Sulphur hatch has been sporadiac but productive. The low water has made for tougher than normal conditions, but persistance can pay off.  The best feeding has been later in the day, especially on bright days.  For those anglers that are on the water early it pays to fish the midge, but I wouldn't wait long to tie a sulphur nymph on.  16 and 18 in brown and olive are getting it done.  Dries have been prroductive as...

JB's Brown Trout
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 4:14pm

We have been floating the lower river recently.  The late afternoon and evening sulphur bite has been solid.  Nymphing the riffles has produced good numbers of trout.  Sight fisihng the slower water has also produced some nice fish. We have also been wade fishing the middle section.  Targeting pools below riffles has been productive.  The best bite is during falling water as the sulphur hatch peaks.