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The South Holston River Fly Shop is the place for every angler's needs.

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Our Guide Services:

From Tailrace Flies to a Guide Trip on the S. Holston or Watauga Rivers, South Holston Fly Shop is here to service you. 

Our Guide Service consists of men who have fished this river for years. All of our Float Trips are done out of Hard Bottom Drift Boats. Most are Hyde Drift Boats. No rafts are used by us. We do both Wade and Float trips.



Our Location:

The SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER FLY SHOP® is located .3 of a mile below the Weir Dam on the South Holston River near Bristol, Tennessee.

On its 18 miles of trout river, we are the ONLY shop on the South Holston River, here in East Tennessee.

608 Emmett Road
Bristol, Tennessee 37620
From fly fishing equipment, tackle, fly rods, fishing reels, just about any fishing gear to clothing specially made for the rivers, we probably have it in stock or can find it for you. 

Checkout our online catalog prior to your next fishing trip to the South Holston River or Watauga River.  Be prepared and come early to share a cup of Java.  Don't worry.  If you see a bargain and buy now, we'll teach you how to use it when you get here.  That's what we're here for. 

SOHO's fly fishing equipment supply store also specializes in Fishing Guide Services/Trips.

Guided fly fishing of wade or float trips are educational as well as fun, especially on our east Tennessee rivers where the trout fishing is great year round.

We're on the rivers daily and our guides KNOW these Rivers.

Our Specialty Products:

We are a full-line Simms Dealer. We have a full line of ALL Simms Waders and Wading Boots, plus all of the Simms Rain Jackets, Gore-Tex Bibbs, Packs, Bags and much more.

So if you are coming to the South Holston or Watauga rivers and need Simms gear, you can try them on and get them here. South Holston River Fly Shop also has a good selection of Lamson reels, St. Croix and Echo rods.

Our Fly Tying section is pretty strong. Here at the South Holston River Fly Shop®, we have a large selection of tailrace flies, which cover every stage of insect life IN or ON the river. We specialize in tailrace flies.

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Our Daily Fun and Expertise:

We specialize in the East Tennessee Tailraces of the South Holston and Watauga Rivers.

We are on the river daily and know exactly what the current conditions are - Because we are there.  Even our coffee breaks are taken riverside.  So before your next trip to the river, call us, and we will tell you ahead of time what the trout are eating. 

The South Holston:

The South Holston River is one of Tennessee Valley Authority's Dam controlled rivers. The Dam is a Hydroelectric plant, producing electricity for surrounding areas. The river itself comes out of the bottom of a deep mountain lake. This keeps the water at a constant temperatures 12 months a year. That means cold water, and good trout fishing year round.

The South Holston river is famous for it's Sulphur Hatches. These hatches occur form April thru early November, daily. And because of our years of experience, we know where on the river they occur during different months. The summer is especially good for Sulfur hatches while TVA releases water from the dam. From June thru September, a Sulphur Hatch WILL occur .

The winter is Blue Wing Olive and Black Fly time on the South Holston. During the Middle of winter, big BWO hatches will occur. The Black Fly Hatch IS a given. It WILL happen. Some of the biggest brown trout, eat the smallest flies experienced. 20" Wild Rainbow and Wild Brown trout are a common occurrence to the fly fisherman.

If streamers are your game, the South Holston River is home to BIG Brown trout. A 20 Lb. Brown trout was caught earlier in the year.

The river is home to 11,000 brown trout per mile. All Brown Trout are wild fish, and the South Holston is full of them.

The Watauga:

The Watauga River near Elizabethton, TN is another one of the TVA tailraces in East Tennessee, and just 15 miles from our shop. The Watauga is a beautiful river full of Browns, Rainbow and Brook Trout. You have a great chance of catching a Grand Slam on the Watauga River. The Watauga has Awesome Caddis hatches during the Spring time, and Great Blue Winged Olive hatches during the Fall, Winter and Spring. After the Caddis hatches are done the Sulphurs start, and the fishing is great. The Watauga River is home to 4,000 to 5,000 fish pure mile.

From Tailrace Flies to a Guide Trip on the S. Holston or Watauga Rivers, South Holston Fly Shop is here to service you.

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608 Emmett Rd.
Bristol, Tennessee 37620

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