Sulphurs have been coming off on low water and generating water now. The hatch should get steadier and stronger, now that TVA is beginning running a lot of water.
If this week is an indicator, then all is well with the river.
We received another round of Hardy Zenith rods, which won all the Shootout out West. We will continue to offer them to you for $460. That is more than $200 of MSRP.
We are offering the Hardy Ultra Light DD Reels for $140 – $80 off MSRP. Both Hardy products are as good as they get.
Check these Sulphurs out:
We have openings for the week of July 4 if you want a lost minute trout trip.
Give us a call at 423-878-2822 to lock it in…Thanks you
Sulphurs are coming off on South Holston River. And as usual, midge pupae abound. And do not be afraid to use a baetis nymph.
The brown trout below measured out at 22 1/2″ and the rainbow trout is a pig.
These fish came from a guided float rip with Matthew Guinn.
Thank you to everyone that has been doing business with our shop and guide business.
Fishing on the South Holston River is starting to really pick up. Sulphurs are coming off and the fish are looking up! Big fish are feeding regularly and people are catching them. July is only going to get better! Book a float trip with the soho fly shop. The scenery is beautiful, the guides are friendly, and the fishing is good! Thanks- John
Shop # is 423-878-2822
Here is a nice high water Brown Trout on the South Holston River.
Is a dandy..
There are sulphurs on high water.
Dry Fly Fishing on the South Holston River.
This is Josh’s personal best on a dry fly- the Brown is 22″.
We want to give a Big Thank you to TVA and TWRA for beginning generating earlier in the day to prevent any water temperature problems. This kind of schedule should keep the water plenty cold enough all summer long. Once again Thank you TVA and Jim Habera for protecting the finest trout river in the South east.
Saturday- June 20 , Jacob Adamerovich of Competetive Angler will be doing a Fly Tying Demonstration at 3:30 PM at the South Holston River Fly Shop. Jacob is an excellent tyer. This is an opportunity to see fly tying with some new materials and new methods. The demo is free.
Fish in the morning , see the demo and fish in the evening. Pretty sweet day.
Going to let Guide Colby speak here:
Had the pleasure of having 2 “hired guns” in the boat today, Charlie and Ronnie Monday fished with me, oddly enough this monday. They could flat out get it done, I was super pumped to catch this fish….then we were lucky enough to put the second one in the boat. Absolute banner day, solid 45 inches of trout in 2 fish. Thanks to the Mondays for an easy monday. The river is fishing great and most of us guides are fishing water that these bruisers are in, so if you want a chance at your own trophy, day or night call the shop at 423-878-2822. Thanks for the business.
This Kid had a blast with Matthew Guinn yesterday..
Jacob Adamerovich of Competetive Anglers is giving a Free Fly Tying Demo Saturday, June 20 at 3:30 pm at the South Holston River Fly Shop. Jacob is an excellent fly tyer. He will be demonstrating some of the newer fly tying techniques and products. it should be educational and fun.
Come join the party.
Carol Feisler doing her thing last Friday on the South Holston River.
She and her husband Bill have forgotten more than the rest of us know.
Way to go Carol! I am sure this is a dry fly fish. Nice one isn’t it.
Russ caught this dandy brown trout on his trip with Matt C. on the South Holston. The next is a Blizzard Sulphur spinner fall here on the South Holston river this past Friday. I have fished this spinner fall and all I can say is Wow!
We have some openings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you want in on the action.
Yes sir, we have Sulphurs on the South Holston River.
Got you a Dynamite Deal on Hardy Zenith Fly Rods. Save $200 and get what many consider the best fly rod ever made.
It is the rod that won the Rod Shootouts out west.
All are new Hardy Zenith Rods in Hardy Tubes..Again $200 Savings per rod. All are 4 pc. rods Call the shop and order these today. Have only 3 and 4 of each Model
9’3 wt,- $450
Here is a detailed rod review:
Yes sir, we have Sulphurs on the water, here on the South Holston River. And still have them on the Watuaga River.
On the South Holston, TVA is giving all day wading. But no problems, we can still get you a float trip in, here on the South Holston or Watuags rivers.
Give us a buzz at 423-878-2822.
This last one is of Carol Feisler this weekend…Carol and Bill are longtime friends and fisherman of the South Holston. They always catch fish and the nicer ones at that. This is not a guide trip fish. They do it on their own. Bet you a dollar to a donut it was on a dry.
South Holston River Night Fish and Watuaga River Sulphur Fish.
Needless to say the fishing is on!
If you want a Night Trip with Colby, give us a call at 423-878-2922.
Fishing is good on both the South Holston and Watuaga rivers. Both have Sulphurs now and both are on! The Sulphurs are on low water on the South Holston River. And TVA has been giving good wading schedules to fish them.
If you need us, give us a buzz at 423-878-2822
Spinner Fall Fish..
Looks like TVA is giving some good wading schedules this week. So ought to be good. If you know where to look, you can find Sulphurs and Spinner Falls like this..
Fishing on both rivers has been good, lately. There have been Sulphur Hatches on low water on the South Holston. Mathew Guinn said two days ago, that if you put a comparadun over a rising fish, he ate it. Yesterday there were bugs on the water , but fish were eating the nymphs and not the dries.
Matt Champion said his clients his clients got into a pretty darn good small baetis hatch. There best fish[pictured below] came on a small #22 nymph. And all reports of midge pupae eating have been solid.
On top of that, Colby K. has been fishing a Sulphur spinner fall on the Watuaga River. So I guess what I am saying is that it is on pretty much everywhere.
This is Grant Boyd and the way he always looks… you got to love that guy..
His partner that day didn’t do bad either…
As you can tell from prior posts, the Watauga has been good to us lately. That certainly was no different this past weekend.
The big Caddis’ have backed off, but the Suplurs have more than filled in. The Suphur hatches are huge right now.
Meanwhile back at the farm, the South Holston River, has been fishing, hot. Whatever of the guides that stays here have been catching large numbers of fish. And wade fisherman have been having a blast.
Robb Griggs group below…Thanks guys..
“What a great day hanging out with Josh, Colby and Steven!! Getting fish to the boat is the game they play and they play it well!! Thanks for showing us a great day!!” – Robb Griggs
We have openings for guide trips this week, if you want to testy the water…423-878-2822
A couple of Fat Fish caught during the Caddis’ Hatch on the Watauga River yesterday by Layne and Aaron. They were on a Float trip with Matt Champion.
This is a yearly spectacular Event. It is now and the generation is perfect for you to fish it.
Says South Holston River Fly Shop Guide Colby K.:fished size 12 bugs yesterday and wacked em. All sorts of fun fishing, swingin softies and skating dries, 17 in rainbow,, as Matt said big around as a football On a dry. I’m standing at the Watuaga now and choking on bugs as I type this, gotta get back to fishin though, only got a few minutes left til I can’t see this #12 caddy! ”
If you want to float this, give us a call at 423-878-2822.
Update 5-1-2015– TVA is projecting an all day wading schedule this weekend on the South Holston River.
It should be very good…
Fishing is still excellent on the Watauga River…I will have fish pictures as soon as the guides can catch their breath.
The past few days, the fishing has picked up considerably here on the South Holston River. Float fishing has been pretty darn good. Matthew Guinn’s group got into some Sulphurs on high water this past Saturday and caught some fish on dries. So all is coming around.
TVA is projecting excellent Wading schedules for the next few days…..and there are some sulphur nymphs moving around. Always have a midge pupae and BWO nymph as backup.
Below is a nice rainbow trout Scott Radow caught on Matt Champion’s trip a couple of days ago.
We have openings this week if you want to use an experienced guide to show you the river…..and catch some fish.
When you can get low water fishing, it has been good. A few Sulphurs are showing up on low water.. The Generating water fishing has been steady. That is the word Matt has used to describe it, here on the South Holston River.
Below is a report put up on the South Holston River Fly Shop- public page- this past Sunday by our guide Colby K.
1st pic is a very informative stomach sample of 15″ brown, he ate a streamer. He HAD a large night crawler in his belly and sulphur nymphs along with a bunch of scuds. I think our hi water sulphurs are just days away, anyone interested in fishing them, our shop and guides are professional sulphur experts, it’s what we live for, any questions about bugs, water and trips can be answered at the shop. 2nd pic, I managed to finish my trip early enough to steal our new shop guy, Robert king aka The Fly Guide out on his first roll down the south holston. I’m think great things are to come from the river and this crew. Soho fly shop 423-878-2822
This is a picture of shop guides Colby as he and Josh floated the Watauga River on Sunday. They said it was full of caddis’. This is a real event. If you want to experience this, give us a call.
Here is a dandy brown trout caught by Pat’s client on Saturday , here on the South Holston River.
If you want to fish either river , give us a call at 423-878-2822. These guys know what they are doing.
Jim Noland and I fished with you last Tuesday. We had a great day and got the chance to learn more about you as a person and not just a guide.
I stopped in at the local Cabelas to buy some flies for my trip to the Chattooga – as soon as the water drops to a fishable level. The sales guy ( a fly fisherman himself) asked if I could recommend a guide for the South Holston since he gets lots of inquiries. Of course I recommended you and the SHRFS.
Take care and I hope you get some business from folks from the Greenville SC area.
Had to pass this nice letter on…
TVA says they are not generating.. well actually burping every 12 hours.. this weekend on the South Holston River.
Should make very good wade fishing…These fish are from Matt’s guide trip yesterday.
TVA is not giving a lot of time for wading, but if you know your way around you can squeeze a few hours in. Mostly it is float time. And drift boat fishing has been OK. Not the best in the world, but pretty good. Mostly deep nymph fishing has been the ticket. I bet, if you are willing to chunk a streamer, you can catch fish.
The Watuaga is running a steady 1500CFS. So drift boat fishing there should be pretty good. We guide there also. Give us a call at 423-878-2822 to float.
Also, I have two New Hyde Low Profile drift boats for Sale. Boat, trailer, oars, anchor…ready to put in the water and fish out of. Good price too.
If interested just let me know.
Below is a rainbow trout caught by James Hollinbaugh and friend yesterday on a guided trip. Thanks gentlemen.
Couple of fish from Guide trips the last couple of days. Fishing has been slower[ slower means 25-40 fish per day] the last couple of days due to cold front. But temperatures should remain steady this week and TVA is showing consistent generating schedules for both the South Holston and Watuaga Rivers. So fishing should be on!
Yellow is showing up on the South Holston river with regularity, now. Yellow means Sulphurs in this part of the country.
And so are the below:
Thanks for a wonderful day Saturday. The fishing was great. Sorry for the cold weather, snow and wind that followed me from Vermont.
I loved the dry fly fishing in the afternoon to the BWO’s and Sulfurs.
The river is a fisherman’s dream with the number of fish and the hatches.
I am looking forward to returning and fishing with you again.
Thanks for a great day last Thursday. Hopefully you are having a better one today, Here are a few picks. I saw the one of Clay that you put in your blog. Here are a few more.
Thanks! We will see you in July/Aug.
TVA is predicting all day wading for Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the South Holston River….probably Sunday also…always check then schedule in a.m. before you hit the water..The guys at the shop can tell you how long it takes for water to reach each spot on the river….423-878-2822
Chris Mundz and his son Austin fished with Matthew Guinn yesterday. They caught fish very well for 1/2 day float trip. Grant O’Neill and his son fished with Matt and caught 50 or so fish, on the South Holston River. Seems like the Rainbow trout have finished spawning so all is ready to go. Fish are eating bugs real well now. There are BWO’s on generating water, but trout don’t seem to be rising to them. But they are eating small nymphs well.
There are two distinct looking rainbow trout on this river. One is silver. with not much red on it. That fish is hot as afire cracker. They go nuts when you hook them. I caught a 5 lber a couple of years ago , that was a total maniac. He ate a white streamer and jumped so many times, it was unreal. Then you have the heavily red marked ones. They fight more like a brown trout. They stay in the water and tug…and shake their head like a brown. The pictures below show the physical appearance difference of the two.
We have openings for guided trips next week if you want to catch some. Just call us at 423-878-2822 and book it.
Correction to make. I just talked with MattC. He is on the water guiding. Sulphurs and BWO’s are coming off and fish are rising to them. Matt’s words” until and hour ago we had ice in our guides. And sulphurs and BWO’s are coming off. We just missed a good fish on the Olive and one just ate the sulphur. Isn’t that crazy”.
So I stand corrected.. bugs on the water and fish are rising to them…
Fishing picked up yesterday on the South Holston River. Matt’s clients, Jerry and Joe Redman caught 60 or so trout yesterday.
Fish were eating bugs good. A lot of these: