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

7-29-2021 Dry Flies on South Holston

Its a great time for dry fly fisherman on the South Holston! We are having daily Sulphur hatches on high and low water. TVA has started a afternoon float schedule. (Half wade & half float trips available during this time) Fish are looking up and terrestrials are...

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Mid July Update 7/14/21

Great Sulphur hatches on the upper sections of both rivers. Fish are picky so small bugs are key. We still have good AM wade schedules and not too crowded. Our guides are doing well on both rivers. Low water Soho produced a few big fish for Middle Tennessee Fly...

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Summer 2021

Welcome Summer! Great Sulphur Hatches on South Holston on low and high water. The upper Watauga has had huge Sulphur hatch last two days. Cicada bite has slowed down but not completely done.  

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