Fishing Season: year round

Holston Proper - TN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions



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Dane Law's Tip of the Week

Day time flows a little high on the trout sections during the week and lower on the weekends.

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Map of Holston Proper

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Southeastern Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 11/27/23

Flows are not good for fishing right now. Fish the Hiwassee or Cumberland river this week. Call Dane - 770-655-9210. 11/27/23

Techniques & Tips as of 11/27/23

Streramers on higher flows.

Local Species Available year round

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    trout and smallmouth

Dane Law's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

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Dane Law's Recommended Gear

Description: About Holston Proper

The Holston River is a major river system of east Tennessee. The Holston river is one of the newest tailwater trout fisheries in the area. It is located below Cherokee dam in Jefferson city near Knoxville. This section of tailwater is well below the south fork of the Holston. TWRA began stocking trout here in 1999 and it has been a huge success. This stretch also offers superb smallmouth fishing from the drift or jet boats. The river is comprised of a limestone bottom and fertile water for insects. Hatches include Caddis, Crane Flies, Midges, and some Mayflies. There are also good populations of Crawfish and Minnows which are especially important to the smallmouth. Much of the river is bordered by private land so drift fishing is the most productive. There are several drift stretches available.

Nearest Airport:

Knoxville, TN.


caddis, crane flies, midge, mayflies, crawfish

Best Time to Fish:

9am to 5pm

Best Stretch:

lower stretch for smallies

Best Access:

Dam. Indian Cave, Nances Ferry