Fishing the South Holston? Consider These Guys
South Holston Fly Shop for East Tennessee fishing destinations. These guys pull up some nice looking fish out of the South Holston. Read their East Tennessee Fishing report.
I guess they have done some fish shocking to come up with these population numbers. They boast that there are 11,000 fish per mile. I am not making this up...from their website:
The South Holston:The South Holston River is one of Tennessee Valley Authority's Dam controlled rivers. The Dam is a Hydroelectric plant, producing electricity for surrounding areas. The river itself comes out of the bottom of a deep mountain lake. This keeps the water at a constant temperatures 12 months a year. That means cold water, and good trout fishing year round.
The South Holston river is famous for it's Sulphur Hatches. These hatches occur form April thru early November, daily. And because of our years of experience, we know where on the river they occur during different months. The summer is especially good for Sulfur hatches while TVA releases water from the dam. From June thru September, a Sulphur Hatch WILL occur .
The winter is Blue Wing Olive and Black Fly time on the South Holston. During the Middle of winter, big BWO hatches will occur. The Black Fly Hatch IS a given. It WILL happen. Some of the biggest brown trout, eat the smallest flies experienced. 20" Wild Rainbow and Wild Brown trout are a common occurrence to the fly fisherman.
If streamers are your game, the South Holston River is home to BIG Brown trout. A 20 Lb. Brown trout was caught earlier in the year.
The river is home to 11,000 brown trout per mile. All Brown Trout are wild fish, and the South Holston is full of them.