South Holston River Report for
Among the benefits to scheduling your fishing in January are uncrowded waters, well-rested fish to target, predictable Baetis and Midge hatches and the chance at that trophy hog. Downside? It could snow!
And snow it did, on Doug Root and his intrepid gang of anglers on January 26 and 27, 2005. Staying at the River's Way Lodge and employing Altamont Anglers guides Jake Chiles, Forrest Marshall, Joe Spencer and Teo Whitlock, Doug's crew (from the left: Doug, Craig Cortright, Todd Grow, Brad Grow, Brian Grow) spent two cold days with the entire South Holston River all to themselves, exercising and abundance 14" and 16" trout in an effort to keep themselves warm.
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:
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!
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:
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:
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!
(Altamont Anglers operates on Pisgah National Forest Rivers under USDA Forest Service Permit #PIS6560)