South Holston River Trout Fishing

Come explore the South Holston River with us!

South Holston River is one of the famous and favorite rivers anglers love to fish in Tennessee. It lies a few minutes away from Watauga River and has a similar fish density and species diversity to Watauga. This river offers anglers ample opportunities to catch trophy trout. The South Holston river houses a wild population of wild brown trout, with over 6,000 of them in every mile. 


The river is a high rising Clearwater with abundant brown trout and rainbow trout, most famous for its summertime sulfur mayfly hatches and wild brown trout. The sulfur hatch starts hovering in May and lasts until September. South Holston River offers world-class fishing experiences. It’s great for fly fishing all year round!

The perfect way to spend your next summer is fly fishing on the South Holston River. You will surely enjoy an exciting experience! Whether you are looking to go on an all-day guided trip or fly fishing lessons, we will be glad to wade or float the South Holston River with you. We are readily available to explore the clear waters of South Holston in search of wild brown trout and rainbow trout. 


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Facts about the South Holston River

The Holston River begins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and flows for 274 miles through Virginia into Tennessee. The river ends at the confluence of the Holston and French Broad rivers to form the Tennessee River. It is home to 47 species of fish including smallmouth bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, redline darter, and bigeye chub.


The Holston River has played an important role in the history of East Tennessee from prehistoric times to today. In 1791, the Treaty of the Holston was signed between the United States and the Cherokee Indian Nation establishing that the U.S. would protect and manage the affairs of the Cherokees. Many Civil War battles were fought along the banks of the Holston, as the river had great strategic importance for commerce in the Tennessee Valley.


In the 1940’s and 50’s, the Tennessee Valley Authority built four dams on the Holston River to provide electricity and flood control. Today, the river is the most important source of drinking water for many communities that border the South Holston River in Tennessee, as well as a place for fishing and recreational use.


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