Fishing Season: year round

South Holston River - TN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Mountain Sports-Bristol Va's Tip of the Week

MSL lead guide Jimmy Cheers says, "Good fishing, but hot weather. Seeing some Sulphers in the late afternoon.”

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Map of South Holston River

5-Day Outlook as of 7/15/24

Hot and dry weather, mainly low water from TVA. Call the shop with any questions. 276-466-8988.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/15/24

Many approaches can be applied on the SoHo. However a long leader, 6X tippet, and small flies will be the best practice. The river is packed with fish, but they are smart and selective. Most nymphs will start at a size 16 and go smaller from there. Sulphers will be 14-16 and BWO's will be 16-20. Streamer fishing is usually reserved for float trips during high water. Always remember, generation flows change daily. Check the flows before you enter the water: Feel free to buzz me for the most up to date info on the hour at 276.466.8988, or shoot me an email,

Local Species Available year round

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Mountain Sports-Bristol Va's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
English Pheasant Tail Olive 16
TH Zebra Midge Black 20-22
AK BWO Para Quil N/A 20
Indicator Parachute - Sulphur N/A 16-18
Squirmy Worm Pink 10-12
zebra midge Purple 18-22
I Can See It Midge Fly Black 22
Hot Head Euro Pheasant Tail N/A 14-16
CDC Comparadun BWO 20-26
Puff Daddy PMD 16

English Pheasant Tail

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Mountain Sports-Bristol Va's Recommended Gear

Description: About South Holston River

The River: The South Holston River begins as a tailwater emanating from the South Holston Dam. The cold, deep waters of the South Holston Lake keep water at a constant enough temperature to insure good fishing conditions year round. The width of the river can range anywhere from sixty yards to one hundred yards, and is easily crossable when the TVA isn't generating. Water depth during non-generating hours will remain low enough to wade 85% of the river. The Fish: The fish of the South Holston River have a wild population of roughly 34% with the remainder stocked by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Some farm fish survive becoming nearly indistinguishable from native trout. 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"

Nearest Airport:

Tri Cities Regional


Sulphurs, BWO's, Black Flies

Best Time to Fish:

12pm - 5pm

Best Stretch:

Big Springs Road

Best Access:

Emmet Bridge, TVA Riverbend access, Big Springs Road, Rock Hold, . As of November 1, two sections of the river will be closed for spawning. From the lower property of the TVA Riverben access, Hickory Tree Bridge, Weaver Pike Bridge Check with me at the shop anytime on specifics of locations. 276.466.8988