View Full Version : SoHo Weekend

05-04-2008, 05:55 PM
Managed to get up to the South Holston on Friday and Saturday for my last camping trip until after the baby is born. So this trip has been in the works for some time, and I was really excited about it. I figured we would get into some good sulfur hatches and I wasn't disappointed. Caught good numbers of fish in the 10 to 12 inch range, but nothing very large. All afternoon and evening Friday there was a heavy hatch coming off and their were large backs breaking the surface all around. However, the surface action was not going as planned. So, I dropped a FBPT off my sulfur parachute and it was on. The trout were attacking that nymph with a vengeance. Later on in the day, as the sun got low, I was able to get into some action on top with a CDC sulfur comparadun. Saturday morning was very much the same, except the hatch was very sporadic and the fish were not rising. The fish were still hungry and the FBPT was still working well.

It was a very nice weekend to be on the water, and the weather couldn't have been better on Friday. This just gets me more excited about the next chance I get to make it up that way, probably around August or so. Until then, it will be a steady dose of the Clinch.

Here are some pics:


David Knapp
05-04-2008, 11:03 PM
Great report Travis! Glad you had a good time. Those browns sure are purty...thanks for sharing!

milligan trout degree
05-04-2008, 11:58 PM
Awesome, glad to see you had a good trip. Its a great time to be on the river. I'm hoping to get out there friday before I go home for the summer. About what time were the hatches coming off? I saw a few last sunday off big springs road around five in the evening, but there was a lot of rain that day and the water was up a little and muddy along the banks. I don't know how that affected the hatch.

BTW, did anyone see the write up in the new FlyFisherman Magazine? About the sulpher hatches on the s. holston. I think its cool the river is getting some quality recognition, but I am worried this will populate the river some more. I still don't think it will be much more than normal, but with a tv showing and a major fly fishing magazine write up, its going to get more popular.


Gerry Romer
05-05-2008, 12:24 AM
Fortunately, the magazine article didn't give enough specifics to generate a stampede. In fact, it seemed to be intentionally vague, which I kinda liked. It also gave some very false impressions about the wadability of the SoHo. It seemed to be saying that the generation schedule was such that wading was a risky proposition more often than not.

I, too, thought it was pretty cool to see the SoHo get some national attention, but I don't think we've got anything to worry about. I also liked the throwaway mention of the Watauga... like they really didn't want to give away too much info.


milligan trout degree
05-05-2008, 01:42 AM

I didn't read the article yet, I just skimmed it because I wanted to wait till I got home to read my copy. I didn't want to ruin the surprise. Glad to hear it was pretty vague though. I did see that they put a map of region in there with some access points, but they didn't list all of them, so that's good. I'm a sucker for that river. Some sections provide some of the most gorgeous scenery you're ever gonna run in to. Views of Holston Mountain are amazing. The picture of Holston Mountain looking downstream from the wier is in just about everyone's picture reports. The section of river around Hickory Tree bridge sits right at the base of the mountain and provides a beautiful sunset. There are a number of great scenes where the river splits around islands, then there are runs/riffles, and deep clear slick water sections. There are also tons of waterfowl on the s. holston. Wild browns will up on incredible shows whether they're feeding by themselves or on the end of your line. Some fish there will blow your mind and even scare the heck out of you as they dart past you the size of your leg. And perhaps the best part, and ironic to the article, is that the s. holston offers probably the most wading oppurtunities of any tennessee tailwaters. They usually only pulse every now and then for less than an hour. Maybe I'm biased, but for eight months a year, I live less than ten minutes from "the bend" on the watuaga, and I drive another twenty miles to be at webb bridge on the south holston every chance I get. And the watauga is a great tailwater, where I pretty much began fly fishing seriously.

Weir Dam

Hickory Tree Bridge

Favorite Riffle and Run on river


Gerry Romer
05-08-2008, 03:37 PM
Ben --

Thought you'd like to see what my desktop wallpaper looks like...