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


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 July 2024

The South Holston continues a great schedule for wade and afternoon float fisherman. Fishing is slow around Osceola due to heavy pressure. A long Dry Dropper a with small midge is the best option.  #16-18 Parachute Sulphur with #20 Sweet Thing or Scooter Midge is...

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South Holston River Report September 2023

The South Holston has a good schedule for wade and float fisherman. The upper river is fishing great from Osceola to River Bend. Rods BWO #20, Black and Stripper Midge #22 are working. We are seeing some surface activity early morning around the Weir. Midge Cluster,...

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South Holston River Report July 2023

The South Holston has had a good schedule for wade and afternoon float fisherman. Summer is a great time to dry fly fish all day. The Sulphur hatch starts after the morning pulse around Osceola. The fish are looking up and double Puff Daddy #16-20 are catching fish....

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