South Holston River 11.22.14

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Still a buggy time here on the South Holston River. The sulphurs really seem to be digging the morning release and afternoon drop. Strong hatches daily regardless of the weather. The dry fly gang has really been pleased for the most part…or frustrated. The fish seem to get a little selective as the hatch goes on. But that’s nothing new here.

A lot of nice fish being seen up on bugs as well. Maybe even more than usual? Some may disagree on that one. But a bunch being caught on the dry.

Midge fishing? Good to really good. Midging through a hatch is some peoples thing. Ya’ know, if you’re into throwing the itty bitty stuff.

Nymphing? They seem to be on and off the blue wing stuff. Some stretches of river are producing better than others in that realm.

High water fishing? Oh yes, my friends. The morning bite has been solid as it has been all fall long. It should stay that way as we make the turn to winter. The release schedule we have now is very conducive to a half and half type trip! Ask us about them! They’re fun for those who enjoy doing both. Honest.

Lots of cool Simms stuff on the way to the shop. Lots. We should have you covered for the cold winter we are supposed to have. Trips, flies, info and all you need for your enjoyment here on the South Holston River.

Joe

Latest Trout Count on the South Holston River

11,000 BROWN TROUT PER MILE!

Hey Rod,

Hope you are well. I was playing around with some numbers today for trout per mile in the S. Holston tailwater that you might be interested in. Back in 2004, it would have been in the 6,000-7,000 fish/mile range, which is basically what you have on your webpage now. However in 2014, it’s more like 13,000/mile (about 12,000 if you consider only fish 7 inches or better). The trout fishery is about 80-85% browns, so there are about 11,000 browns per mile now. Overall, it works out to better than 2 trout per foot of river, or a trout per 82 square ft. of surface area…which is quite impressive.

Regards,

Jim

Jim Habera

TN Wildlife Resources Agency

3030 Wildlife Way

Morristown, TN 37814

Office: 423-522-2459

Website: http://www.twra4streams.org

South Holston River 11.14.14

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So we skipped fall it seems and went straight to winter. Do the bugs care? Nope, not really. For the most part this week the dry fly activity on low water has been great. Bugs just about every afternoon with some days being better than others.

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As for other low water activities like the midge fishing and nymphing? Good some days, a little tougher on others. Not sure why, but the fish have turned a little finicky at times. Traditional winter time windows seem to be the key (the warmest parts of the day). The midge bite seems to be the strongest, with the olive bite being a distant second.

High water fishing in the mornings? Rocking as usual. Dredging nymphs and midges is still the way to go. We’ll show ya’…

We’re looking good here on the South Holston River this November. The Watauga River is rolling right along too. Plenty of spots available as we move through this great month. Float or wade, we got you covered. The cold weather is here as well, and we can help with that too. Simms hats, gloves, guide jackets…bring your own flask and thermos though.

Joe

South Holston River 11.11.14

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Just another day here on the South Holston River. It’s been good to great. But mostly great. Even after a bit of a hectic weekend regarding the flows, the fishing on both high and low water has been incredible.

Nothing should change here in the coming days. Especially after a brief warm up. There will be bugs. Maybe even lots? We’ll see today at least as we will be getting some great wading windows this afternoon. Sulphurs on the upper as usual, and Olives everywhere else. All good for the dry fly buffs.

Lots of midging fish in between hatches. So the subsurface game is staying true on low water. A variety of olive nymphs and your favorite PT are working as well depending on the respective reach you’re fishing.

High water? When or if we have it this week, it should be as good as it’s been all Fall so far. But only if they run during the day…

November is a great month. One of my personal favorites for sure. Maybe everyone’s? Come join us here at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River 11.8.14

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A low water afternoon today! No, it’s not an all day deal like some would like, but it is certainly enough to get a good session in. A good dry fly session that is. The sulphurs have been incredible on low water the past few days and don’t seem to be slowing down much at all.

Will it be a big hatch everyday? Not necessarily. It may not last more than a few hours either. Yesterday was a big bug day for sure. Today and tomorrow? Could be as big, bigger, or not many at all. Fall bugs come off when they want to come off it seems. It is what it is.

Some larger blue wings in the mix as well. Look for ‘em. Toss ‘em.

When the fish aren’t buggin’ out? Throw midges at them. They like them small. The Olivia has been a hot ticket item for many. We have them here at the shop. Other darker midges will do as well.

When we have been sitting in boats? High water nymphing remains good. Nothing new on that end.

The release schedule lately has been a little a eratic, but overall it’s been a great schedule for those oh so fun, half and half trips. Interested? Give us a shout here at the South Holston Fly Shop. The leaves may be falling off, but the fishing doesn’t on one of the best fishery’s on the planet, the South Holston River.

Joe

South Holston River 11.3.14

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It’s November now, the…dry fly month? Yes it’s now mid fall and the dry fly fishing has been fantastic for the DFO crowd on the South Holston River. Most days anyway. Sunday saw some of the largest sulphurs we’ve seen in some time. The fall season can have a little bit of everything here. Sulphurs will continue to come off. These bugs are confused, remember? Some days heavier than others. Olives will continue to show themselves. Again, some days better than others. And of course midges and black flys will show up daily both early and late in the day.

High water nymphing? Still incredibly good.

Low water nymphing? Good to great for most. Olive nymphs and softies rule.

Midge fishing is solid as usual.

As of November 1st we have two sections of river that are closed to fishing for the spawn. From Bottom Creek to Hickory Tree Bridge, and Webb Bridge to the end of Boyd Island. This only shuts down roughly 4 miles of river in total. Not familiar with these stretches? We’ll be glad to help you out so you can avoid the penalty. The rest is wide open.

Some high water projected this week. The question is when they will be turning the water on. Each day has seemed to be a little different from the last. We’ll keep you all posted.

Plenty of trip dates available for your floating or wading pleasures during this great month of November. It’s a great one…like most months are here. Will you be joining us for it?

Joe

South Holston River 10.30.14

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“Hooray”, says the low water angler. We have been having some windows of wade fishing available here on the mighty South Holston River. It has just varied day to day as to when the TVA turns the water on. Some days in the morning, some days in the afternoon. Today we will be experiencing the former. High water this morning and low water in the afternoon.

While the flows have been a little inconsistent this week, the fishing has remained surprisingly stable. Low water is midging well. Some olive nymphs getting us by as well.

The dry fly fishing has been limited this week. Why? Not sure, but those sulphurs can come off at any moment during the warmer parts of the day. Hell, today could be that day. Blue Wings too. Look for ‘em.

Nymphing? Oh, it’s good. Really good on high water. Low water too.

October has been a great month. And we’re still not done! November should be just as good. Come find out for yourself with us here as the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River 10.24.14

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High water and more high water here on the South Holston River. No complaints from a fishing and guiding perspective though. It’s rocked. And rolled sometimes too.

The low water crowds may have to wait another week or so to think about ALL DAY wading opportunities. This weekend is looking like there MIGHT be a small window to fish in the morning. But that depends on when they decide to turn the water on. The drift boat, once again, will be the place for us.

Success rates on the big water have gone like this:

Nymphing…lots. Soft hackles, largers PT’s, midges, the occasional worm, etc. Lots of weight being used though.

Dry Fly…lots of Sulphurs in the afternoon. Olives too! Puffs and cripples have dominated the scene lately.

Streamer fishing…throw to know.

That’s how we are stacking up and looking like as we head full steam into the home stretch of October.

As we head into November, we will be making ourselves comfortable in the boats for now. Will you be joining us? Trips, information and more all available here at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River 10.20.14

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A lot of us out and about yesterday and today. Some of us with trips, some just fishing for fun. With ALL of us agreeing that the fishing on high water is damn nuts right now. Nymphs, soft hackles, big midges, small midges…it hasn’t really mattered. But it’s been a ball.

The sulphurs and blue wings have been wide open. For those who would dig some fall high water sulphurs, this is definitely the time. Cripples, puffs, even basic comparaduns are all getting the job done…not too picky those fish are being. It’s nice. Yellow bugs are the norm here in the fall, but don’t always expect a blanket hatch like the spring and summer months bring. However, there are definitely still enough bugs to bring up a bunch of fish. A “fishable hatch” is what we like to call it. Nice heads are being found on them too.

High water will be the standard this week. The lakes need to come back down from the recent rains.

We’ll keep rockin’ here on the South Holston River. Trips, info and all you need to make a day great are available daily here at the shop.

Joe

South Holston River 10.17.14

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Still pretty awesome here on the South Holston River. Not much has changed. Although we most likely won’t be seeing as much low water these next few days, the high water bite will remain as good as ever. The nymph fishing that is. Maybe some dry fly stuff for those who look hard enough, or are even lucky enough to get into some decent bugs. It’s been a guessing game here lately. When the sulphurs have been up it’s been good at times, but when they aren’t around, staring at the bobber has been the thing to do.

For those that want to get an early start to beat the water? Midge fishing is what most are doing. Nothing special. Darker zebras and stripper midges will be sufficient enough. Olive nymphs will also do the trick. Olive nymph on top and trail it with a midge? Sounds like a good combo to me.

It really is a great time to be here on the South Holston River. Let us know how we can help with guiding, flies, loads of free high speed info and much more regarding these fantastic resources.

Joe

South Holston River 10.14.14

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Does it look like fall here on the South Holston River? Yep. Does it feel like fall though? Not really. There are still hints of summer lingering in East Tennessee. Bring on some cooler weather if you ask me.

The fishing hasn’t cooled off much either. It’s quite alright. Good midging in the morning on low water is to be expected. Some Blue Wings have also been around during the morning hours. Those afternoon olives are not quite here yet though. A cool down will be needed for them I believe. But then again…

Sulphurs are still in style. When are they not, however? Fall is a great time to fish to those fish looking for the yellow bug. It’s been a great one so far. Honest.

High water afternoons will continue through the week as we have had a bit of a spike in the lake levels due to this weekends rains. We needed it though. No complaints on our end. Thinking about doing a half and half type of trip? This would certainly be the schedule to do it. Have a chance to stalk a big fish on foot, and then hop in the boat to have the opportunity to catch numbers on the big water. Sound good? It’s been fun. Variety is nice.

The hotline is open for all things Soutlh Holston River. We know a good deal about the Watauga River too! Drop us a line here at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River 10.9.14

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So we’ve been getting some high water opportunities in the afternoons after all on the South Holston River. For now, mid afternoon floats are trendy. Half and halfs as well? We can certainly think about those as the wade fishing has been excellent too.

We have been seeing sulphurs daily now on both high and low water. At least for a few hours. Sometimes more! They seem to be getting strong again. We dig those early fall bugs. Do you? Those Olives haven’t really taken off yet. We’ve had a few days where they have on low water, but those days have been few and far between.

Nymphing is all good with the olive nymph stuff. Midging has been good with flies on the darker side lately.

Morning sessions have been good too on low water, but there may be no need to be on dawn patrol. Sleep in if you want! Or don’t, your choice.

Open and fishing daily here at the South Holston Fly Shop. October rules. Come try it out this month with us.

Joe

South Holston River 10.6.14

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Well…it was nice while it lasted. Our afternoons for high water fishing on the South Holston River may be limited as we inch ever so closer to winter pool. Not over, but might not be coming as frequently. Today the TVA will be giving us a wade friendly schedule. As for tomorrow through the rest of the week? It looks like a mid to late afternoon floats on high water will be the way to go. We’ll see what this rain does.

Not to worry though. The low water fishing has been every bit as good. The midge fishing in the mornings has been great. Olive nymphs have also produced a bunch of fish. Writers top secret bug? The Olivia. We got ‘em here at the shop.

Dry fly stuff? You bet. Sulphurs in the afternoons. No, the leaves are not the only thing that we see that are yellow and orange through the cooler months. Some call it the “World Series Hatch” since we will get bugs through October, November and even some as late as December and beyond. Some years seem better than others. But this fall we are off and running with strong bugs. The last few days there has been some really good hatches, and we don’t expect that to change much this week. Come check it out! Blue Wings will also be a rule on the rest of the river as we get cooler as well.

While we might be saying a temporary goodbye to high water, we expect the fishing to be as good as ever. We will just be doing a little more wading and low water floats is all. Still all good, man. We just go with the flow (pun intended). Give us a jingle at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

 

South Holston River 10.2.14

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The calendar may have changed, but the fishing sure hasn’t. The high water nymphing is still white hot on the South Holston River. Some dry fly fishing to be had from the boat as well if you’re in to picking and choosing certain pods of fish. Sulphur eaters mostly…for the few that have come off anyway.

Could this be the weekend we finally see those fall Blue Wings? Maybe. The forecast says cooler. Much cooler after some rain today. Midge fishing should still stay true as well. The low water fish are sure digging the midge right now.

Lots and lots of availability for the month of October. November too. It’s going to be an epic fall. Come join us here at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River 9.29.14

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Rolling right along here on the South Holston River as we bring September to a close. It’s been a great one to be sure, but bring on October. The Blue Wings will begin to arrive in numbers any day now. Sulphurs during the low water periods will remain solid. Not everyday, but most days a few will come off.

Those who want to stick with the nymphing are the ones with the right kind of attitude. It’s been good. The midge fishing has also been outstanding. Almost any small olive nymph has done the trick. Some days fishing in the flat water has been the ticket. Other days they seem to like feeding in those sexy riffles better. Some days they eat well in both? That’s been the only strange part lately. Some days different kinds of water fish better than others.

High water? We are on cruise control. The nymphing seems be staying good. Daily. We don’t expect that to drastically change in either direction any time soon as long as the TVA continues to run water in the afternoons. It’s all good, man.

Call us and ask about our half and half trips. Yes, I will continue to beat that drum. They have definitely been the go to trip this past month. And maybe into the next? They’re fun. The wade fishing and high water fishing have been excellent. We’ll see you here during this grand month of October at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

 

South Holston River 9.26.14

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This river has lots of these fish. LOTS.

We just have to work a little  a lot harder for them is all.

These guys seem to be more susceptible in the fall. Much more really. And they will begin to regularly show themselves as we head deeper into the fall and early winter months.

Will you be thinking about making the trek this fall? Winter? We don’t know what an off season is here. It’s a 365 day river, the South Holston is. Watauga River too.

But why wait? It’s good now too. Unbelievable actually.

Joe

 

 

South Holston River 9.25.14

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Tim Boeble staying bent yesterday right here on the mighty South Holston River. Many of our trips these days have had a lot of this. Wet nets too. As we head through the last week of September, we expect to finish strong in what has been a fantastic nymphing month.

Bugs? Not many on high water yesterday. The day before there was a fishable hatch, but it has been up and down and all around as far as the dry fly bite is concerned. Today may be a better day. Tomorrow?

The nymph fishing is fast and furious for the moment. There hasn’t been too many long periods of fishlessness. You won’t break records every single day, but it should remain steady as we turn the calender to October.

Come out and see us here at the South Holston Fly Shop. Low water in the mornings and high water in the afternoons has certainly made for a great schedule for everyone to fish in a variety of ways. It’s all good.

Joe

 

South Holston River 9.23.14

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Mark Ezelle with a solid rainbow during our half and half trip on the South Holston River. The release schedule lately  is certainly conducive to a trip like this. Have we mentioned that half and half trips are fun? Very good actually since low water has been fishing about as well as high water. Are we breaking any records like we were? Not really. But it’s still been damn good.  No complaints at all on our end. Catch rates are still sky high with some nice fish being netted daily.

The low water catchers have been: Micro Mays, Rods Olive Nymph, Skinny PT’s and some soft hackles as well. Dig through our bins. We certainly got ‘em. Midges too. Don’t forget the itty bitty stuff.

The dry fly fishing? Some days good. Some days not as good. What about today? Tomorrow? The sulphurs have seemed to be doing whatever they want to lately. Better olive hatches are just around the corner too. Fingers crossed.

The fall fishing is heating up as we begin to cool down on the South Holston River. The Sulphurs are still here, the Olives will be coming soon. Will you?

Joe

 

South Holston River 9.22.14

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The first official day of fall here in East Tennessee. It will certainly feel that way in the mornings this week. Thermos season is just around the corner. I like it. Summer-sh by the end of the week though…

Projected to be a high water kind of week on the South Holston River. The early birds may be able to stick a few on foot by staying ahead of the water, however. What’s this mean overall? The high water nymphing will remain solid. Consistent flows here typically mean consistent. And that consistency is usually good fishing.

Will there be sulphurs? Probably. A lot of them? I’d say a strong flurry at best.

When will those BWO’s start coming in numbers? Should be any day week now.  They are already on the blue wing stuff subsurface during low water flows. But they never seem to follow my game plan. However, when they do show up, it will be fun. Whenever that happens…

Spots open in the drift boat as we close out this month of September. It certainly has been a great one. Will October be better? usually is. Give us a shout here at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River 9.20.14

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Kenneth Bowman…again! See? The half and half trips have been the ticket on the South Holston River. Especially with the flows we have been given lately. Wade part of the day, and then float high water the latter part of the day? We dig it. Variety is nice.

No generation until 1 pm today. There will plenty of folks out there taking advantage of that this weekend. Will you be one of them? Enjoy it.

Joe

South Holston River 9.19.14

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Yep. Not much has changed here in the last 24 hours. High water has been good. Low water has been good. So all good man. Kenneth Bowman sure seemed to enjoy it.

Olives, midges and some sulphur stuff too are all working like a charm.

More of a high water day today. Low water kind of day tomorrow? Should be a fun weekend to wade depending on when they turn that water on.

Shop open daily. Trips running in and out daily. Come see us this weekend here at the South Holston Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River 9.18.14

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Low water has been all about the olive nymphs. All reaches have been producing some Blue Wing’s of some sort. Some dry stuff, but most are nimping. Dry/dropper in the skinny or boring water has been the ticket.

High water this afternoon. Tomorrow too. As for the weekend? We’re looking like a mostly low water day. A great scenario for the weekend crowd.

Looking good here as we roll on through the month of September. Rocking sometimes too. But October is coming. Cool mornings and spectacular fishing is upon us. Honestly it is. Come see what all of the fuss is about with us here at the South Holston River Fly Shop.

Joe

South Holston River- Selfie Sunday Edition

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That’s what the youngsters on Instagram call self taken pictures these days. Those kids…

We got a taste of early fall here on the South Holston River this weekend. Cool weather. That’s nice. Sulphurs in the afternoon during the low water. Most enjoyed them.

Another day of low water. All day. Enjoy it, or go watch some football. Either seems like a win today. More high water on the way this week. May not be all day releases, but there will be water.

Joe

 

South Holston River 9.12.14

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Low water this morning on the South Holston River. “Hooray” say the waders. Today is definitely a day where one can stay in front of the water. At least until about 3 this afternoon or so. Even less water is projected for tomorrow and Sunday. So there will definitely be some boots running around this weekend. Rain jackets will probably be needed at times. All good.

Fall is coming. I think? But not today. The fishing sure is good though.

Will we be seeing you here this weekend? What about this fall? I heard the nymphing can be fun in September and October. Some dry fly fishing to be had too!

Joe

 

 

South Holston River 9.11.14

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Scott Radow caught this dandy this passed weekend on the South Holston River with the big dog Matt Champion assisting. Pretty sweet stuff, Scott. Awesome really.

But that was low water, where the fishing, especially in the mornings, has been awesome. As for the high water stuff we’ve been doing this week? Still good. Some say there even has been a dry fly bite the last couple of days. Nice. However, most of us have been sticking with the bobber and lots of weight method…some call it nymphing.

What’s they been bitin’ on the low water when we nave it? Lots of olive nymphs. Lots. Rod’s Olive Nymph, Split Cases, Scooter Midges, skinny PT’s, softies, Frenchies…anything olive and small-ish to be truthfully honest. But it’s definitely been a fun game to play if you play it right. Fish aren’t deep either. Which is definitely a nice reprieve from the high water weight we throw from the boats all too often.

Midges are also a safe bet.

Some sulphurs have been out and about in the afternoons. Fish still looking for them for sure. That should be the case through the fall. Don’t be surprised if we see a strong wave of larger hatches as we cool down both this month and the next. On both kinds of flows even. My fingers are certainly crossed.

Just a day or two longer of this most of the day high water stuff. We should be seeing some more wadeable water for your all day weekend fishing excursions…

We are certainly rocking and rolling here on the South Holston River. Call the shop, or stop in if you’d like to ask about our trips and availability. We can easily accommodate you this fall. We definitely think it’s worth it…but we may be a little biased. Just a little though.

Joe

South Holston River 9.8.14

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Monday and all is well here on the South Holston River. It seems like we will be having a good bit of high water this week. Then back to low water by the weekend? We’ll see, but that has been the trend.

Nymphing on both high and low water is white hot right now. Most reaches are fishing well, so there may not be a need to confine yourself to the circus that is the upper end during your next visit. It’s all good man. Honest

Olive nymphs are trendy. Lots of midging fish as well. Definitely looking like a fall feeding pattern. I likes that. As we begin to  cool down, fishing will only heat up even more.

Dry Fly stuff? Not so much. Some sulphurs. Some BWO’s early on low water, but overall the subsurface game is the primary focus. That will get a little better as we head deeper into September as well. The high water dry fly bite MIGHT be over with though.

Yep, all is right with the world here in East Tennessee. Want in on some high water fishing these next few weeks? We can certainly help. Plenty of openings available as we march through September here at the South Holston Fly Shop. October is nice too. Come enjoy this late summer and early fall season with us on the South Holston River.

Joe

 

South Holston River 9.6.14

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The South Holston River is fishing quite well…still. Definitely a slower pace around here though. Not as many folks. Will today be the day that all changes? Probably. Low water day today. Tomorrow too. Will you be here to take advantage of it? You should.

The olive nymph bite is definitely here. Or at least beginning. It’s been fantastic on low water for those who have been able to take advantage of the morning flows this week. They will become super stars of the show as we roll through September. A cool down expected by the end of next week. Back in the 70′s they’re saying. Bring on the fall.

Sulphurs? Some on the upper reaches. Some on high water. Some on low water. Fish definitely liking them a little more on low water when we have them come off. They will still be a factor as we move into the cooler months…usually.

Midges rule as well like usual.

Come enjoy it this weekend with us here at the South Holston Fly Shop. Trips available for the rest of the month. The boat may be the best place to be during the week. Wading will be the better option during the weekends. Shop open daily for all of those nick nacks we need for success on the South Holston River.

Joe

 

 

 

South Holston River Report: Surprise Edition

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Surprise! The TVA will now be running water this afternoon and tomorrow. That’s OK though, this is a schedule that allows for both plenty of wade fishing, as well as an afternoon float. Hooray for the best of both worlds on the South Holston River!

Low water is midging and nymphing like crazy. Olives are coming. Whenever the temperature decides to start dropping, it will only get better.

High water has been nymphing well if you haven’t heard already.

It’s all good. Honest. September is a great month to be here.

Joe