South Holston River Report 10/15/2021

South Holston is constantly changing generation schedule. High water was fishing great with small midge patterns. The predicted schedule is showing less water for the weekend. The wade fisherman are having great success on dry-dropper and 7X.  Still see a good Sulphur hatch on upper river when schedule permits.

Watauga River has had a better schedule for guides. The river is busy so picking the right section to fish or float is import. BWO hatch late afternoon in town. Split case and emergers are key on middle section. Upper section still has good midge bite and pre spawn patterns are getting started.


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 consistent on nymph rigs. UV PT and midges are fishing good. We still have a short Sulphur hatch around three o’clock. Seeing a  mix of BWOs late afternoon. Small Puff Daddy in both patterns is a must.

Our guides are primarily fishing the Watauga. The generation has been off during the week and 12-6 on Saturday. Heavy pressure and low water has made the afternoon bite slow. There is still a terrestrial bite and seeing good amounts of BWOs. Egan’s, Jig Nymphs and small midges are producing fish.



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 should consider a low water guide trip on South Holston

Nice Brown from Joe Kostura’s boat yesterday

Watauga River has been fishing good this week. Dry – Dropper with terrestrials is highly effective this time of the year. Pheasant tail variations and small Baetis have been productive. Afternoon generation creates a large window for our guides and wade fisherman.



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 have had less generation and a longer wade schedules. The early afternoon pulses (1hour flows) are producing great dry fly fishing. Puff Daddy and small CDC patterns are working great! Go Fish

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 fishing good. Keep an eye out for fish eating beetles under trees. Chernobyl ants, crickets, Kiwi and Japanese beetles in stock. Summertime is a great time for throwing mouse patterns. We are starting night trips this weekend. Call the shop with any questions or check dates for trips.

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 Fishers annual trip. Shop is stocked and guides are available. GO FISH!

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.


June Fishing

Weir repair is finished on Soho. Good Sulphur hatch on upper river and seeing spinners at dark.

Watauga has heavy boat traffic but still fishing good. Sulphur hatch mid morning and early afternoon.  Cicada patterns are catching fish on sunny days in the Trophy Section!

5/20/2021 May update

Soho Wier repair has low flows on South Holston. Fish are looking up, small Puff Daddys and light tippet are key. Heavy traffic on Watauga but our guides are grinding it out and producing quality fish!