Fly Shop & Guide Service  Bristol Tennessee

Full Service Fly Shop 

The South Holston River Fly Shop is conveniently located only a half-mile below the Weir Dam on the South Holston River in Bristol, Tennessee.

We offer our guests superior outfitting and guide services on the South Holston and Watauga Rivers. These tailwaters systems maintain consistent water temperatures to provide excellent fishing year round.

Our experts are knowledgeable in fly selection, equipment and current river conditions. We also offer recommendations for DIY wade or float trips.

Plan Your Trip

We offer guided fly fishing trips that are educational and fun. We love to introduce beginners to the sport or teach advanced anglers something new. We can customize any trip to fit your needs. Please note that due to the South Holston being a tailwaters system, our wade schedules are dependent upon the TVA Generation Schedule.

Complete Fly Fishing Outfitter

In our shop, you’ll find the largest selection of flies in East Tennessee. We carry fly tying materials for all of our local tailwater patterns. Maps are also available for East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Fly Tying Videos


Arrived one morning after my regular guide canceled. These guys hooked me up on the spot with one of the best guides I’ve ever had, Matt Champion. This is now my go to spot for guides.

Dan C.

We had two boats – Guides were Josh and Matt, between the two boats we caught over 100 browns and rainbow trout. We had a great day, very professional, and a great experience.

Phillip S.

These guys are great! Did full day trip with a half wade and half float. My wife and I had a blast. Our guide was great and I learned a ton. Highly recommend them if you are looking to fish the SoHo!

Joshua J.

While they may not get the attention of the storied waters out West, two East Tennessee rivers—the South Holston and the Watauga—hold the kind of brown and rainbow trout that usually only swim through anglers’ dreams. Welcome to the Tennessee Tailwaters

Fishing Reports

South Holston River Report May 2022

The South Holston continues a great schedule for wade fishermen. The upper section is fishing good in the morning with midges. Griffiths and Midge Cluster #20 are working on the surface. Scooter Midge, Sweet Thing, and Midge Emergers are catching fish subsurface....

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South Holston River Report April 2022

South Holston River continues to sluice 215 CFS due to outage. Flows are great and fish are looking up. Midge and small BWO hatch daily on upper river. BWO Puff Diddie, Morgans and Sparkle Dun #20-22 are catching fish. We are seeing some early Sulphurs on middle and...

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South Holston River Report March 2022

The South Holston has had a great schedule for float trips. The nice weather and steady flows have created really good fishing!  Upper section is fishing great with nymphs. Eggs, worms, scuds, Hot spot #18 and midges are working. Small BWO hatch near Beidleman Creek...

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