South Holston River 12/3/10


Bill Bolinger and I fished on Friday Dec. 3 we were going to fish on Saturday, but the weather looked bad so we decided to fish on Friday. I think that we made the right decision on, because Saturday was terrible weather. Bill came to try, and catch a big fish so we hit the water Friday morning with one plan in mind to try an hook up on a big fish. Well it didnt take us long to find a few big pre-spawn Browns. We got Bill set up an started fishing. We caught a few small fish right away. Then Bill hooked up one of the big Browns. After a good fight we got the fish to the net. After a quick couple of picture and measurement we released the Big 27″ Brown. We managed to caught a couple of more fish from that section then we decided to go eat lunch. After lunch we headed down river to catch the water falling. We got to our next spot and there were bugs coming of both Sulphurs and BWO’s. There were fish rising everywhere. We caught a few fish in there including on nice 15″ Brown, but that was not what we were looking for. So we moved spots again. We found us a section to fish, and right off the bat Bill was into fish. We caught several nice fish including one 17″ Brown. Then I spotted a nice shadow laying in some running water. Bill fished to were I had seen the fish. Then we hooked up on the fish at first Bill didnt think it was a big fish, but then we got a look at it. It was a beautifully colored 24″ male Brown. In the water fish flashed so much red that it almost looked like a Rainbow. We didnt see anymore big fish in that section so right before we ended we tryed another spot. We fished for a little while then spotted one nice 20″ fish we fished to it, and caught it. That was a great way to end the day. I had a great time with Bill, and we had a great day on the water.

If you would like a Guided trip give us a call 423-878-2822.

Tight Lines,
Matt Champion
South Holston Fly Shop

Watauga River Float 6/20/10

Larry and Alex Chappelear came to float with me on Sunday. They were wanting to float the South Holston River, but TVA was not running any water so we went to the Watauga River. We got on the water, and there was not a single boat on the water. We got on the water, and there was a few fish rising Larry had a Sulphur Comparadun with a Split Case dropper already tyed on so he started with that. He was into fish right away. I rigged Alex up with a Beelte with a dropper. We had some fish come up, and look at the Beetle but no fish wanted to take the Beetle. So I switched him up and Alex got into some fish. Then when the sun got high the fish went down. So we had to start nymph fishing. The fishing was pretty good, but not as good as the morning. Later in the afternoon the fishing got better, and the fish started rising again. The fishing got better most the fish were rising to Midges. It was a hot day, but the fishing was pretty good. We caught a good many fish, and I had a great time fishing with Larry and Alex.

If you would like a Guided Trip give us a call at 423-878-2822.

Tight Lines,
Matt Champion
South Holston Fly Shop

Watauga River 5/3/10

I fished the Watauga River Monday, and it fished well. We were going to fish the trophy section of the Watauga, but with all of the rain that came through the night before, the river was running muddy down low – so we took off upstream. The rain had not muddied up the river above the Doe River, so we put in and headed down the river.  We started out and we caught a couple of fish right off the bat.  Then we moved down some, and really got into the rest of the day.  The fishing was really good.  We didn’t catch any big fish, but a lot of 10-12″ fish.   All in all it was really a good day on the water.  The rain ended before we got going, and it only got hot one time during the day –  then the cloud cover came in.

If you would like a Guided Trip give us a call at 423-878-2822.

Good Fishing,
Matt Champion
South Holston Fly Shop


Thank goodness April 15 is past.  You need a good relaxing fishing day. You owe your self one. The nymph fishing here is hot as a fire cracker. You do not need to cover much ground to catch a ton of fish now. There are some grey baetis , bwo’s  and of course black flies and midges coming off. There are rumors of Sulphurs hatching. Me nor Matt have seen them. We have both seen a few, but that isn’t a hatch. I did see a spinner a couple of evenings ago. So it will not be long now.

TVA is not sluicing now. Just running a regular schedule. Which means they are filling the lake up. So wade fishing is the name of the game.

Below is a list of Tiemco Hooks we sell for $12.50 a box of 100.

Got you the BEST Deal in the Country on Hooks- Literally. Again $12.50 a hundred pack.
We have a big selection of hooks in stock and just got a new shipment in. Here is just a short list of what we have in stock.

TMC 2488 size 12-30 Dry Fly and scud hook- standard wire straight eye – WIDE GAP
TMC 2488H size 12-20 Heavy wire scud hook
TMC 100 size 12-26 Dry fly hook- WIDE GAP
TMC 102Y size 11-21 Black dry fly
TMC 101 size 16-26 Straight eye dry fly hook
TMC 200R size 6-22 Nymph hook
TMC 2487 size 16-24 Standard wire scud and nymph hook
TMC 2457 size 14-18 2X heavy down eye scud hook
TMC 2487BL- 16-20- Barbless
TMC 9300 size 12- 18 Nymph hook -WIDE GAP Nymph Hook
TMC 5262 size 10-18 2x long heavy hook
TMC 5263 size 6-18 3X long heavy hook
TMC 5212 size 14-16 2x long standard wire hopper stimulator
TMC 3769 size 12-18 2x heavy 1x long nypmh hook
TMC 3761 size 20 2x long – standard wire – nymph hook
TMC 2312-size 12-16 -Straight Eye, 2Xlong Hopper, Terrestrial
TMC 921 size 14, 16 2x short WIDE gap – Xfine DRY FLY Hook
TMC 300- 4X Long Streamer Hook– Sizes 8 and 10- $14 a hundred Pack

Daiichi 1100 size 16-22 Big eye dry fly
Daiichi 1150 scud or egg hook
Daiichi 1130 size 20-24 scud -midge pupae hook- down eye

Give us a call the next time you run out of hooks. Remember we can ship anywhere in the U.S, and there is no Sales Tax for out of State SALES.

Rod and Matt Champion