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South Holston River Report for

Archived South Holston River reports are here

reported by AA staff

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(Click thumbs above for a South Holston River slide-show)

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Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverJoe Rose with a beatiful South Holston River brown trout, June 2014.(clicketty bigger)

Lake levels behind the dam are below normal, due to lower than average rainfall, and the TVA is keeping water releases to a minimum. This means a one-hour pulse at about 1300 cfs just once a day, usually at night. So it's a wader's opportunity for now, and you'll need the long leaders with the fine tippets, because the trout a spooky as cats in the skinny water.

Joe Rose took advantage of the mild weather and the hungry trout, floating with Altamont Anglers for two days in the first week of June. But judging by that big brown trout, Joe's leader was long and his tippet was fine enough!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverAltamont Anglers guide Jake Chiles and his client Craig Cortright share the glory with the big brown Craig caught on March 29, 2014.(click image to embiggen)

Doug Root makes the call a couple of times a year to Altamont Anglers for 2-day flotillas on the South Holston River.

The South Holston produced a lot of great fishing during the Madness of March, for those willing to trade hoops for hooks.

Click the following pics for fullsize views of some of that great fishing:

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Doug Root with heft SoHo brownie, 3/28/14

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Neil Struby & Jake with a nice brown trout, 3/29/24

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Doug Root with another SoHo brownie, 3/28/24

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Craig Cortwright with another big'un

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Brian Grow w/Jake and a 'bow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverClay Gibson with healthy South Holston River rainbow trout caught on March 23, 2014.(click image to embiggen)

Clay Gibson is on a mission to raise money for River's Way, the United Way affiliated lodge on the South Holston River. To support the good work done by the folks at River's Way, Clay has booked multiple weekends at the lodge in 2014, and is wrangling his many fishing friends to combine fishing with charity in a fund-raising effort that should earn him some excellent Karma--like that lovely rainbow in the picture!

 

 

 

Click the following thumbs for full-size pics of some of the generous anglers who've answered Clay's call to contribute to the River's Way:

 

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Skip Smart with a hefty SoHo rainbow, March 22, 2014

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Jeff Beach, March 21, 2014

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Skip Smart, March 22, 2014

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Skip Smart, March 23, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverChris Hanson with web-worthy South Holston River rainbow trout caught on March 18, 2014.(click image for full view)

It's heating up on the South Holston now (not the weather, of course: that's as miserable as it feels). It's the action that's hot, thanks to the abundance of bugs and consistent water temps (hats off to the 300' deep reservoir behind that dam).

Chris Hanson felt like he needed to increase his understanding of our premier tailwater, the South Holston River, and wisely sought the guidance of Altamont Anglers. His time in the boat with AA guide Teo Whitlock seems to have worked out well--here's Chris's feedback from the fishing
"We had great day, lots of action in the water, I caught my biggest trout so far, very exciting… Teo was very patient and instructive. I truly enjoyed the experience."

The pleasure was all ours, Chris!

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Chris Hanson with a nice South Holston brown trout, March 18, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even more South Holston River stream reports can be found here. Follow the link and enjoy!

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