South Holston River Report for
Martin Arostegui has a few World Records confirmed by the IFGA, and wanted his wife to join him in the IGFA rolls, so they came to the South Holston River looking for a big brown trout. October is the right time to pursue big browns on the Soho, as they are early in pre-spawn mode, aggressively taking on protein before the November spawn.Martin and Roberta booked time at the South Holston River Lodge, where Altamont Anglers lead guide Teo Whitlock promptly obliged them by putting Roberta onto a 27" brown trout which she expertly played to the net, a feat of true skill on 4lb test line! We'll be waiting for confirmation from the IGFA that Roberta's fish is a line-class record for brown trout.
Clicking the thumbs that follow opens a nice slide show of Roberta's adventure, and includes a picture taken the day before of Teo and Lefty Kreh after a day in which the great man had characteristically donated his time for a charity fishing event.
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.
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:
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)