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Late July on the South Holston River (click it)

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"...far and away the best fishing experience I've ever had!" (click it)

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Watauga River Report for March 1, 2015 (click it)

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Yes, we fish in January...(click it)

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Happy New Year from the SoHo (click it)

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Best of 2014 (click it)

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Why Fish In the Winter? (click to answer)

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August 2014 Smallmouth Bass (click it!)

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July '14 Tailwaters Report (click it)

 

 

 

South Holston River Report for

Archived South Holston River reports are here

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Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the South Holston RiverDebbie Griffith with a beautiful South Holston River brown trout caught on July 28, 2015.(clicketty bigger)

July is South Holston time, when hot air temperatures make the cold water even more enticing, the Sulphurs bring the big-uns to the top on high water, and on low water the trout cruise for beetles. It's time to slather on the sun-screen and brave the heat for late summer fishing at its best!

Debbie Griffith and her friend Trish Brown did just that on Tuesday, July 28 with the guidance of Altamont Anglers lead guide Teo Whitlock. In spite of some erratic water releases by the TVA (some scheduled, some not) Debbie and Trish managed to catch fish on just about everything, from deep-drifted midge pupae, to dry Sulphur patterns on high water, to fat, foam-bodied beetle patterns floated on the low water.

This was not Debbie's first South Holston rodeo: check her out on some past excursions here and here.

Click the thumbs for full-views of Trish, Debbie and a few other anglers enjoying enjoying the end of July fishing on the South Holston River:

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Trish, 7/28/15

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Trish & Teo, 7/28/15

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Debbie, 7/28/15

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High water on the SoHo, 7/28/15

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Gregg, 7/26/15

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Jackson, 7/27/15

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Jackson, 7/27/15

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Will, 7/27/15

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Pretty brown trout, 7/27/15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the South Holston RiverJack Gravo with a beatiful South Holston River brown trout, January 3, 2015.(click it up)

Jack Gravo knows how to ring in the New year, as you can see in the photos here: He pops the cork on a bubbly bottle of South Holston River!

Jack and his fishing buddy Mark Hoffman floated with AA guide Teo Whitlock on January 3rd and 4th, and got the New Year of to a successful start.

Click the thumbs for full-size views of some nice Winter action on the South Holston River:

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Jack Gravo, 01/03/15

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Mark Hoffman, 01/03/15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the South Holston 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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