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

Reviews

Beth Statt
Beth Statt
2022-06-14
What a great little shop. This is the place to go if the trout get you frustrated while fishing the South Holsten River. Or you can call in advance to book a guide for a great fishing trip. They have everything you will need and the expertise to help you in making your selections. These are some very nice people.
Sallie Sheehan
Sallie Sheehan
2022-03-08
When will the top of the dam open 🙄 😫 my favorite place in the world 🌎
Codey Young
Codey Young
2022-02-02
Best fly shop in my opinion in area.
John Myers
John Myers
2022-01-01
super nice folks and helpful.
Nate Palmer
Nate Palmer
2021-11-30
Stoped in on a rainy day with not good conditions but after talking to Robert that day turned around completely. Supper cool guy with a ton of information!!
ANTHONY ATKINS
ANTHONY ATKINS
2021-09-29
Went in this morning, the guy working was very polite and gave me really good info on were to go wade and what flys to use. im from atlanta first time around these woods but will always recommend and will return in the am to say thanks. and caught fish on his flys. Anthony
Penny MABIE
Penny MABIE
2021-08-10
Fished with Shane Griffith today. Fishing was tough but Shane worked exceedingly hard to get me on fish. He also gave me clear choices and didn’t assume I didn’t know what I was doing. I had a very lovely day and got to exercise my fishing chops - long casts, stack mending, reach cast and more. Shane gave me advice that was helpful for me in continuing to improve my game. Didn’t get into any super big fish, but caught healthy and feisty browns and wild rainbows. If you want a laid back guide who knows the river like the back of his hand, Shane is your guy. And the South Holston Fly Shop was great to work with - even when I screwed up my dates and had to reschedule my float. Class act all around.

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 1/28/2022

We are approaching the third week of Weir repair on the South Holston River. Despite the watercolor and lower flows (no pulses) the fishing has been good. Big midge hatches on upper section are producing good numbers for advanced anglers. Morgans midge and Black fly...

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South Holston River Report 12 / 1 / 2021

The South Holston River has had a good schedule for wade fisherman. Low water and good temperatures have created excellent dry fly fishing. The upper section has a nice mix of BWO and Sulphurs starting early afternoon. All CDC variations are working well #18 and 20s....

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South Holston & Watauga River Report 11/2021

South Holston continues high water during the week & window for wading on weekends. The high-water bite has been slow and guides have moved to Watauga. Locals are taking advantage of BWO hatch on upper section around 4 o'clock. Low water is fishing good with small...

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