South Holston River Stream Report

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 they aren't. The generation schedules have been consistent, with high water being a daily occurrence. As the month has progressed they have shortened the duration of generation and made fishing low water an option. High water is predominately a numbers game, while low water presents better options for pursuing larger fish. As we move into September low water should be more common.