View Full Version : Holston or Clinch?

04-14-2008, 11:17 AM
I'm taking my Dad fishing tomorrow. He's been on the Clinch a few times, hasn't had much luck and is convinced that it's a bad fishery and inferior to the Holston. I'd love to prove him wrong, but, whatever. So he wants to go over and fish the Holston if there's a caddis hatch. Any word on the conditions over there? It's supposed to be chilly tomorrow but sunny. Will that affect a hatch?

04-14-2008, 11:28 AM
Without question take him to the Holston. Better fishing. I was at the Clinch last week, fished the Holston Day before yesterday. Absolutley no comparison.


04-14-2008, 12:12 PM
I will second the Holston. Its just plain easier fishing in my opinion, especially if there is a hatch. I would bet there will be tomorrow afternoon. I'll be out there also, so ill probably see you there.

04-14-2008, 12:24 PM
I'll agree with the others.

Also, please treat your boots and waders before going to the Holston. The Clinch is literally full of didymo and it will spread to the Holston on wet boots and waders that have not been treated.

04-14-2008, 01:00 PM
Thanks for the replies. And for the reminder, Rocky. I wish more people knew to do it. Which makes me think, maybe there should be signs at ramps and wade in spots to tell people about it? That's something I would think that the TWRA or local TU could do...

04-14-2008, 02:03 PM
The Holston was litterally on fire Saturday, with plenty of dry fly action and larger fish taken on midges and small pheasant tails. I like the size I can pull out of the Clinch, but I'll say the Holston has the fun, less technical factor I reeaallllyyy appreciate.

04-14-2008, 08:48 PM
I checked generation for tomorrow on the Holston and they are running 2 from 6am to 11am. Then 1 from 4pm to 5. Based on that, will there be a time-frame that allows for wade-in access at Nances Ferry? How long does it take for the water to get to Nances Ferry and how long does it take to come down? Any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks.

04-15-2008, 08:31 AM
It takes about 5 hours for the water to rise down at nances ferry

04-15-2008, 09:43 PM
Any advice on fly selection?

04-15-2008, 10:48 PM
Standard tailwater fare, small midges and PT's - there are some some craneflys as the weather warms up but soon enough you can throw anything you want as long as it's caddis...

04-16-2008, 01:08 AM
will someone please help me with access on the holston? I live in k-town, so I need to fish it more, instead of driving all over the state...

I've fished below the dam before, other than that, what are some other decent access points? any info appreciated. ttas67@gmail.com

04-16-2008, 01:59 AM
Here is some directions I made for ya. I don't know exactly where you are coming from, but if your from Knoxville, you should be able to figure it out. Once you get there, you can walk up to either the first or second rapid, and also in between. These are the normal fishing holes and you'll definitely catch more than a few if the weather is good.


Good luck,

04-16-2008, 02:09 AM
thanks a ton. so I should walk upstream from there?

04-16-2008, 02:13 AM
yep, you can see the fishing areas from the parking lot. Its an easy area to fish

04-16-2008, 10:44 PM
Was out there the other day. Fishing was alright. Dropped my thermometer and got right at 50 degrees. Thats probably on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to good fishing. Although I don't know how warm it actually gets, especially running out from under a dam. Anyone know how much the weather is as an influence on water temps of tailwaters like the holston?