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 9-16-2021

South Holston River has started a afternoon generation schedule. Morning bite is good on zebra midges 20-22 and 7X. Fish are still looking up and good amount of surface activity. Small Sparkle Dun, Puff Daddy and Morgans are working. Afternoon high water is fishing...

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South Holston and Watauga River update 8/28

South Holston flows have been consistent last two weeks. The midge bite in the morning has been good. Afternoon generation kicks off a great Sulphur hatch for several hours. Split case nymphs and small CDC flies are key. Anglers looking for a challenge and big fish...

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8-13-2021 South Holston River Report

South Holston is generating in the afternoons this week. We are having Sulphur Mayfly hatches for 1 -2 hours on this schedule. Our guides are having good numbers on nymphs during float trips. Morning low water is fishing good with small dry - dropper set up. Weekends...

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