Stream Reports

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 4:46pm

I have been spending a good bit of time lately in my local small streams.  Although water levels are low, the fishing has been quite good.  The best fishing has been in higher elevation rivers with a steep gradient.  Look for rivers with a stair step stucture, the small pools and fast water have been producing the best.  The dry dropper rig has been my go to.  Fish a buoyant dry and a heavy nymph to get down quick.  Be a ninja and fish the tough water, make those cast into hard to reach...

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...

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 2:28pm

The South Holston has been fishing well despite lower than normal water levels.  TVA has adjusted the releases schedule a bit to battle the mid day heat.  As a result the lower portions of the river have been fishing a little better.  If you are looking for sulphurs you'll need to compete for water, or be willing to share.  When fishing the upper river please take other fisherman into consideration while moving around.  The larger browns are targeting emergers and can be incredibly selective...

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 2:09pm

Despite lower water levels local streams have been fishing well.  The morning hours have been the most productive.  Be aware of water temps, anything 70 or higher is pushing it for the trout.  The trout are moving up stream to find the cooler water, so you should too.  One positve aspect of the lower water is that dry flies are typically productive all day.  Target the heads of pools where oxygen levels are higher and be a ninja.  Don't over look the terrestrial bite, beetles and ants are a...

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.