South Holston April 14-15

I fished two days with Jerry Ferguson and his son Logan on the South Holston River. Jerry lives on the river and wanted me to work with Logan on his fly fishing. So we meet up here at the shop and headed on to the river. We got to the river and Jerry wanted me to work with Logan for most of the day. I got both of them set up and sent Jerry in down river while me and Logan fished a good run. Logan was into fish right off the get go, and after a little work on his casting an mending he was hooking up pretty regular. Jerry wasn’t fishing much just watching us and taking pictures. He did catch a few fish in the morning. We stopped for lunch then headed to another spot. The fishing was still good. Logan caught some fish- then he got into looking for bugs. Every clump of Didymo Logan pulled up was full of Sulphur Nymphs and Beatis nymphs. By the end of the day, Logan had landed 18 nice trout. The biggest one was about 14.”  This was a great day!

Day 2

On the second day of our trip Jerry decided to fish. We got set up and headed to our first stop. We got to fishing and were catching a few, then the “rubber hatch” hit us. Several guys in one man pontoons came through us so we decided to move upstream.  As soon as we  stepped in the water,  Jerry start catching fish. I took Logan  upstream of Jerry and we were into fish too. Every time I looked at Jerry or Logan one of them had a fish on. Man the fishing was on fire! I had something happen to me that I have never had happen before. Both Jerry and Logan caught a true double. They both caught two fish at the same time, one on the top fly and one on the bottom fly. That tells you how good the fishing was. When we stopped for lunch and we asked Logan how many fish he had caught so far. He said he had landed 26 fish. Man that is a great morning of fishing! After lunch the river was pretty crowded so we found a section that didn’t have as many people in it. Jerry started working a run and was catching some smaller fish.  He did catch one really nice Rainbow. Logan and I worked another run when I spotted a big Brown Trout laying in the back of a pool. We worked the fish, and he took. That fish fought hard and Logan did a great job of fighting the fish. After a long fight we finally got the fish to the net. It was a big fat 21″ Brown trout. We took some pictures,  measured it, and then watched him swim away. It was a great fish, and one I don’t think Logan will forget for a while. I don’t know how much the fish weighted but I would guess that is was a 5-6lb fish. It was fat and healthy. We fished for a little while longer, caught a couple more then called it a day.

Not bad for a 9 year old boy- right? Way to go Logan!

If you would like to fish the South Holston River at its best come fishing now. The river is on fire.

Tight Lines,

Matt Champion