south holston river fishing report

We’re fishing size 16 sulphurs in late October! The good news is the fish seem to like it. Size 16 and 18 copperhead nymphs, and size 20 purple zebra midges. That is one of our “New Year resolutions”, to post more frequently. Here are some fish from the last few days. Here is Matt with one of many fish that they boated with Huck on Saturday’s float. We are seeing sulphurs on both the South Holston and Watauga rivers. We’ve been mostly nymphing. The good news is, high water is fishing good. It’s been a long time since we have posted a fishing report. On the South Holston river, Mike King reports that blue wings have been coming off in the afternoon and he is catching them on a size 18 cdc sparkle dun. We fished size 16 stripper baetis, and size 18 black zebra midges. To summarize; the fishing is good, real good! When fish aren’t rising. hours will remain low enough to wade 85% of the river. Size 12 black caddis have been coming off all week on the Watauga river. If you would like to book a guided trip, please give us a call (423)538-3007. Give us a call if we can help with your next trip. In closing. We have experienced some periods of extremely low water. Low water in the mornings, high water in the afternoon. Mike said that it was an awesome day. South Holston dam is running more water as well. Hybrids and stripers are moving up on the lower ends of each river. South Holston- The TVA has been good wade flows. This Spring has been awesome, and it’s only going to get better. This flow is simply amazing. The bugs are anywhere from big pale yellows to smaller sulphur orange. Sulphurs are hatching in the afternoon and fish are up eating them. Nymphs and midges are working well in the morning. Angler Report for South Holston Lake; South Holston Lake Map; Tims Ford Lake. Some days have been better than others, but the quality of fish has been good. Clint with a nice Watauga river rainbow trout. Underneath, size 18 stripper baetis, size 20 stripper midges, size 20 olive zebra midges, size 16 tan and olive scuds, and of course egg patterns have been working. Low water on the Watauga has been on fire! There was about an hour long hatch around the cul-de-sac. The nymph fishing has been great. We are seeing some sulphurs on both the Watauga and South Holston. The rains have made the lakes pretty muddy, but that just means the wary carp are a little less spooky and a little easier to catch. The TVA has been pushing water on the tail waters, offering amazing high water fly fishing opportunities. Jon and I got the rare opportunity to fish together for a little while Sunday morning before the Super Bowl. Both the Watauga and South Holston rivers have been fishing good. The nymph fishing has been great! Check the flows before you enter the water: The sulpurs have been pouring off daily. Nymphing most of the day with some periods of dry fly fishing. The TVA has been releasing water unscheduled! For that, we apologize! Brad Seitzinger rolled the dice for early March, fishing the South Holston and Watauga Rivers on March 2 and 3, and his gamble paid off with a fine Baetis hatch on both rivers, with the bugs plentiful and the fish eating them. Everything from egg patterns and squirmy worms, to size 18 stripper baetis and black zebra midges 20s and 22s. When I read the Garden & Gun article about the South Holston River in Tennessee titled, The Other Montana, it piqued my interest, but when my friend and editor of Gray’s Sporting Journal, Russ Lumpkin, called me and raved about a six-hour float (a full-day float cut short by bad weather) where he and a friend caught around 100 fish that were mostly wild … If you’re a streamer fisherman your probably excited about the dirty water on the lower ends of the river. Buffalo River. Charlie says that the striper and hybrid fishing on Boone lake is heating up. The best of the day trip is a 5-6 hour trip including a lite lunch for $375 dollars. Fall is here and as the weather cools, the fishing keeps getting hotter! In some areas, the river bed consists of small gravel and smooth stone where just about any adult could wade easily. There have been enough midges to get some fish up. On the bottom, size 18 stripper baetis, 18 frenchie’s, 18 bwo split case nymphs, and egg patterns. Please, please watch your step while you are wading. But, when the water starts to drop the fish get really active. These fish come up shallow this time of year and you can actually target them on the surface. The river is certainly worth any avid angler taking the opportunity to fish regardless of where you live. You can get a few hours in just please pay attention to the water levels. The Striper action has been non stop all week. I’m still not seeing a lot of dry fly activity but the nymph fishing has been great. Fly Fishing Guide to the South Holston River: Fly fishing the South Holston river is considered to be technical fishing by many anglers. Sulphurs have been hatching on both rivers. Sulphurs are really coming off good on the South Holston in the afternoon. We have enjoyed 70 degree days almost everyday this week. Puff daddy’s, CDC comparaduns, and sparkle duns. We had low water in the morning, about a 2 hour pulse mid morning, falling water around lunch, and a high water flow of 1700cfs in the afternoon. Give us a call if you would like to book a trip. Let our guides take all of the work out of it while you fish. Rising fish have been few and far between, but the nymphing has more than made up for it. It looks like winter is going to make a showing this weekend, but if you get the chance to get and fish take it. March has been good to us so far. Watauga river has been having longer periods of low water offering plenty of wading opportunities. Hope that everyone gets a chance to get out and fish. Please call or come by the shop for more details and to reserve your seat. Which were a huge success. Float trips are producing some really nice fish. Not a lot of bugs, but enough to get to spend about 15-20 minutes catching rising fish. Sometimes that is exactly what you need to do. Jon said that the trophy section of the Watauga river has been fishing great! The last two weeks we saw snow, sunshine, rain, high water, low water…  You name it, we’ve had it. Fishing has been great. Size 16 stripper baetis, 18 flash back pheasant tails, and a variety of zebra midges. We were able to fill a huge dumpster to the brim. Egg patterns and midges are the ticket. We have been fishing terrestrials, nymphs, and midges. Stop by the shop if for all of your fly fishing needs. Plenty of fish coming to hand on size 20 brown/olive zebra midges, size 20 BWO split case nymphs, and some egg patterns. Sulphurs are hatching in the afternoon and there are lots of fish up eating. Fly fishing the South Holston River can be as good as fly fishing anywhere in the Eastern United States. Any way, the good news is that the high water fly fishing has been outstanding. Come out for what is a great time. December 13 , 2020. Have all been working well. Despite that, we have managed to put some pieces of the puzzle together and figure out where they are and how to catch the stripers and hybrids. The TVA has been generating from 7am until noon at Wilbur dam. We have had some pretty significant rain falls here in northeast TN. Give us a call if you would like to book a trip (423)538-3007. They will run water for a couple of hours, then drop it for an hour… Please, please check the generation schedule closely. Size 16 & 18 puff daddies and cdc sparkle duns have been great. Our low water float trips continue to put numbers and quality in the boat! Also, don’t forget about Boone lake. We did see a few blue wings flying around, just not enough to get the fish rising. Outside of the hatch size 16 splitcase nymphs and size 20 zebra midges are working on nymph rigs. We have had a few fish take Mike’s beetle pattern on top as well. The schedule will tell when the best times to fish the river are, depending on whether you are wading or fishing from a drift boat. Size 22 cdc comparaduns at the beginning of the hatch. We haven’t been seeing the numbers of bugs on Watauga, but it is still fishing like a champ. One day it’s sunny and 70 degrees. One day we will have a good afternoon sulphur hatch and the next day there won’t be any bugs. We have had a brutally cold January, but on the days when the weather has broke the fishing has been awesome! Charlie has had a few trips already and has been doing very well getting ol’ rubber lips to take a fly!! One day they come off strong, the next not so good. Charlie is still catching Stripers, Hybrids, and Trout in the lake. Median flow for this date is 297 cfs. GUIDE SERVICES. There hasn’t been any wade fishing opportunities on either river in over a week. Watauga is flowing more water than we like to fish. Charlie has put in the time and figured out how to consistently put his client on fish. You can still float through these sections, but you cannot fish while you are floating through them. Which is good news if you have a boat. South Holston Reservoir Fishing License Available South Holston Lake is a 7,580-acre impoundment operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Size 20 stripper midges have been working well on a dry dropper rig. Jon and I floated the Watauga Thursday and had a great day. The high water nymph fishing has been some of the best that we have ever seen. On top: Size 20 and 22 Morgan’s midges. Even though the weather is cold, the fishing is hot. This Blue Ribbon 15 mile tailrace hosts 7,000 to 10,000 trout per mile and is best known for its huge population of wild brown trout, consistent hatches and year round fly-fishing opportunities. Give us a call before you head out and we will make sure that you have what you need. Float trips have been producing solid fish. There hasn’t been any big hatches to speak of, but if you see a rising fish a well presented bwo puff daddy will catch it. It makes a great environment for trout. There hasn’t been a lot of opportunity for dry fly fishing. It is unbelievable how much trash that people throw into the river. Don’t let the high water stop you from going fishing. The water levels have been good and the fish have been happy. The first section is from Bottom’s creek which is right below the cul-de-sac to hickory tree bridge. Fly fishing the South Holston River can be as good as fly fishing anywhere in the Eastern United States. Size 22 stripper midge worked great. We will be back for sure. They caught lots of fish, a mix between rainbows and browns with the biggest being a brown trout just over 20″. Blue winged olives are coming off in the late afternoons on the Watauga. Nymphing on high water has been awesome. We’re seeing a good blue wing hatch on the Watauga in the afternoons. It’s been that way for the last 4 days and it shows no signs of stopping. 423-538-3007. We’ve landed lots of nice fish and lost even more. Both are fishing great. Low water today!! Click On The Link Below To Find Out More About Ronnie Kittredge . Both the Watauga and South Holston are generating meaning no wade fishing these rivers. They seem to have started following the schedule somewhat, but please use caution while wading. Both the South Holston and the Watauga rivers have both been generating nearly non stop, offering little or no wade fishing opportunities. If streamers are your game, the South Holston River is home to BIG Brown trout. When the fish get picky (and they will) throw emerger patterns like the mole fly sizes 18 and 20 and Morgan’s midge size 20. The cold, deep waters of the South Holston Lake keep water at a constant enough temperature to insure good fishing conditions year round. A good time was had by all at the F3T. The fish seamed to be pickier on the fly pattern. The closed sections on South Holston are open to fishing as of Feb 1. The Watauga caddis hatch has been in full swing. The next day you may be fishing a size 14 brown elk hair caddis. The high water fishing has been great. The TVA is trying to pull the lakes down to winter pool. Please give us a call, we would love to put you on these fish. The fish seem to change their diet daily. We waded the South Holston yesterday after the water dropped out. You cannot fish these 2 sections of river from November 1st through January 31st. The Watauga river is fishing … Fishing• Waders will seldom find even waist deep water when not crossing the river.• Drifting the river is a great option for times the TVA is generating.Legal Considerations• Spawning sites are protected November through February.• No fish 16" to 22" may be kept (large number of fish in this slot).• 7 Fish per-day slot limit with only 1 over 22", Many approaches can be applied on the SoHo. Sulphurs are hatching and fish are starting to look up. We’ve had a busy week here at EFO! FISHING REPORT CLICK HERE . We’ve had a busy week here in Northeast Tennessee. The earlier generation start has made it difficult for wade anglers unless you can get there early. Both the South Holston and the Watauga rivers are generating nearly everyday. Size 20 purple zebra midges have been working good on a dry dropper rig. Mountain streams are another option that a lot of folks overlook. Hope everyone gets a chance to get out and fish. Although the fish were picky, and the only fly that they seemed to want was a stripper baetis, the fishing was great. Give us a call for your next trip! We didn’t see many rising fish, but the nymph fishing made up for it. Charlie is still hammering stripers on Boone lake. The early morning pulse from Wilbur dam has slowed the fishing down during the high water periods. The South Holston river is slucing 1100cfs and the fishing is outstanding! Blue Winged Olives have been pouring off and the fish are looking up! Nymph fishing was really good on Sunday. 423-538-3007. The TVA has been all over the place in terms of generation on the Watauga river. Sizes 18 and 20. Lots of Blue Winged Olives, Midges, and Caddis flying around. It’s been pretty busy here in northeast TN. Hey guys, sorry that I haven’t updated the fishing report in a couple of weeks. Sulphers will be 14-16 and BWO's will be 16-20. We have been bulking up our tying supplies for winter and have a great selection. On top we’ve been doing well with Mike’s MB2 beetle, Ben’s camel toe beetle, and when sulphurs are hatching size 16-18 cdc sparkle duns. We’ve had temperatures in the mid 60s. Blue winged olives have been hatching like crazy. We update our fishing reports frequently and show you “What’s Up” at EFO. We are starting to see spawning behavior in the brown trout on both rivers. There has been a good blue winged olive hatch on the South Holston below the power lines, downstream of the grates. Mike needs no introduction. Big fish are moving around right now, feeding up for the spawn. Some have said that this past Saturday was the best dry fly fishing of the year! Courtesy of John Roegge Stay: Feb 28th - Mar 3rd 2014 Size 16 pheasant  tails, size 16 stripper baetis, size 20 black and silver zebra midges. Mike’s beetle, size 18 flashback pheasant tails, and size 20 purple zebra midges are getting it done. Right now it’s not a numbers game for most anglers. One thing is for sure, the sulphurs ARE coming off. The high water dry fly fishing was awesome on Thursday of last week. The second section begins just above the house on the island on big springs road to the bottom of Boy’s island. Here are a few fish from our recent guide trips. Give us a call if you want to get in on the action!! Sulphur nymphs are catching fish extremely well. The pattern depends on the day. Outside of unpredictable releases, the fishing has been great. We’ve had a lot of questions about the closed spawning areas on the South Holston river. You’re probably not gonna catch a ton of fish on the beetle, but good fish are still rising to them. Size 20 zebra midges in black, olive, and red(when it’s sunny). The Watuaga has been nymphing good. This is great news for the wade angler. South Holston dam is sluicing varying flows. The water comes from the bottom of South Holston lake, and is nice and cold. We do guide trips as well. Size 20-24 stripper midges with a copper bead. Give us a call to book your next trip. They boated “a bunch of 16-18″ fish”, with the biggest measuring 19″. Don’t forget about nymphs. Low water mornings and high water in the afternoon. Nymphing has been awesome when the bugs aren’t hatching. If you are heading to South Holston you already know that it is one of the most technical rivers in the country. Remember, to check the Watauga river, you have to check Wilbur Dam. The fishing was pretty good until he hooked and landed this monster which made the trip a once in a lifetime experience! Size 16 cdc comparaduns and puff daddies have been working good. Watauga- We have had some different flows on Watauga. The nymph and streamer fishing has been great. They seemed to shy away from attractor patterns. Bugs literally hatched all day. Sunday was a different story. I will leave you with a few fish from last week. Hope to see you on the water. 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