Dry Fly Fishing on the South Holston

The Sulphurs are on! Like big time on, here on the South Holston River
Give us a buzz if you want to float them and fish them…
Colby Trout
Check this Video out that Fly Shop Guide Josh McFadden took today of dry fly fishing

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Rod Champion

Blake Boyd’s Puff Daddy has been a real fish catcher for years.

Blake Boyd’s “Puff Daddy” has been a real fish catcher for years.   A good representation of a sulphur or a blue winged olive depending on it’s color and size is sure to catch trout where you have fish rising.    Josh McFadden ties one up for you in the sulphur variation to use on the famed East Tennessee Tailwater- the South Holston River.


Sulphur Fishing Last week ..

I got the privilege of fishing the Sulphur spinner fall here on the South Holston river in East Tennessee, 4 afternoons last week.  There were sulphurs on the water as the generation was going down.  So was able to catch fish pretty well on dries for a while.  Then one of Swisher and Richards old emerger patterns flat caught fish until spinner time. Around 8:30 the spinners poured back each evening . It is like someone is throwing trout chow out continuously. Trout go nuts. A friend of mine, Dave Miller, tied a biot spinner pattern with a very sparse poly yarn wing. That and a yellow comparadun was the ticket for me. You can actually see the yellow hair winged comparadun.. which is nice.

The daytime hatches were big. Some say the largest they have ever seen on the river.

TVA has started generating for the summer now. This area is 5″ behind in rainfall for the year . So the summer schedule should be good to both wade and float fisherman. For instance, tomorrow TVA is running for 2:00 P.m. til 7:00 p.m. . This gives the wade fisherman a full day of fishing and gives the float guys afternoons of sulphurs.

Guide trips wise, this schedule is good for 1/2 day wade and 1/2 day float.  This is also good for the prime time floats. Which are the afternoon float trips for sulphurs. Perfect for that.

Tight Lines,

Rod Champion

Everything is turning up yellow or sulphur orange

It is on, here on the South Holston River in East Tennessee. Everyone was celebrating all up and down the river this past week. Sulphurs are popping up everywhere now, not just down stream. The bugs are anywhere from big pale yellows to smaller sulphur orange.  Sulphur nymphs are catching fish extremely well.  As are sulphur emergers , duns and spinners. Matthew Guinn and I spent two wonderful afternoons fishing the sulphur spinner fall.  Before the spinners arrived, Matthew really caught fish on a nymph.  It literally was almost every cast.   He caught a very fat 22″ brown that would have pushed 6 lbs.  Now that is a big brown trout. You know me, I held out for the dry fly fishing. It was worth it. It was superb .
On Matthew Champion’s guide trips , the fishing was also hot as a fire cracker. Sulphur dries with a sulphur nymph dropper was the ticket for his clients. And Bob Wolf also had a very good dry fly fishing only trip on Friday.
Have I ever told you what a great river this is. Well, it is. And the current fishing is as good as it gets.
Tight Lines All,
Rod Champion

Sulphur Dry Fly Fishing is back.

Friday evening was my first official sulphur dry fly ONLY trip for 2010 here on the South Holston River in East tennessee.
Have enjoyed watching that piece of yarn go down and catching fish on nymphs. But there is nothing like watching a fish sip a dry fly. And they did Friday evening. First there were emergers, then duns, then the spinners came back. Two hours of gloriouys dry fly fishing. One thing for sure. If you did not have the right color and size for the spinner representation, the browns did not want it. That still amazes me that at dark the fish still want it to be just right. They can flat see.
So it has started . And started with a sip.
Tight Lines,
Rod Champion

Sulphurs are beginning to show up!

The Sulphurs came off late afternoon wednesday  on the South Holston River. This was my first encounter this year with enough sulphurs to actaully call it a hatch.  And they came off pretty darn good for about 45 minutes.  Matt encountered them sparingly thru the week on guide trips. And being in the shop all week, I heard of the same small hatches from a number of people.  So it is close, real close.

On guide trips , Matt’s clients caught fish real well all week on nymphs . And I mean real well. The stories of continued  from customers all week on how good the fishing is , here on the South Holston River. And about how good the average size fish is.

Come join us, the river is m still on fire.

Tight Lines,

Rod Champion

South Holston River Fly Shop


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

Slucing is over as of Friday

It looks like Friday is the last day of sluicing on South Holston River. The prediction is for three  one hour pulses a day. So low water fishing will be on. Please check schedule always to make  sure that is what is happening. – ALWAYS Check schedule.  That should mean Sulphurs are not far away.

This week, I have fished every afternoon but Monday.

Midge pupae and black fly larva has been the key for me. Fish have been really eating them. They are full of both. They are in their mouths – their mouths are running over.

And as usual, black fly adults and spinners galore late evening.  I have seen a lot of BWO’s on the water. But fish don’t seem to be eating them. I have followed them out of sight many times this week- no fish ate them.

Come on, the water should be friendly to waders.

Tight lines,

Rod  Champion