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Milligan Trout Phenom
11-23-2008, 03:28 PM
I went to the Soho and fished the weirs and caught one about 6 inches and there was people all over and it dint look like many were doing any good. So i packed up and went way down stream and i found a run and it was a great run. I only through to flys the whole time i was there n this hole; the egg pattern and san juan worm.I caught alot of rainbows atleast 10 all in the 14-19inch range All put up a fight on 6x.It was awesome, and i caught 5 or 6 browns all in the range of 17 to 26 inches;which was a new personal best. I fished for a rainbow that was 25plus the rest of the day and he took the egg and thats all she wrote. That 6x was nothing for this beast. Took off on a run and she never stopped.Owell great day on my 21st birthday weekend. (No pics sry my camera was dead.)

11-23-2008, 06:32 PM
Thanks for the report. I wanted to get down there today couldnt do it. What color san juan worked for ya?

No Hackle
11-23-2008, 08:45 PM
WOW! sounds like you had a pretty good day.
Have a nice day,No Hackle

11-24-2008, 11:18 AM
MTD, I am impressed. You must be from Jupiter. Monk

Milligan Trout Phenom
11-24-2008, 03:47 PM
The brown worm was working well for me but i like the pink and light brown worm as well...

11-29-2008, 01:32 PM
There is a nice spot down on the S. Holston from Indian Cave Rd - I cannot remember the exact name(?Something Ferry?). Anyway, you can walk up to a set of shoals upstream with a significant impoundment. I have seen some monsters fanning in this area; but - I couldn't get them to bite...:frown:

Gerry Romer
11-29-2008, 01:39 PM
Are we talking about the South Holston - the SoHo - up below Bristol, or the Holston below Cherokee dam? Are you thinking of Nance's Ferry on the Holston?


11-30-2008, 09:43 PM
Thanks for the clarification! I was speaking of the Holston below Cherokee Dam. Yes, I believe the name is Nance's Ferry.

11-30-2008, 10:05 PM
Those monsters are probably the buffalo. Lots of them in the Holston. They can be picky but sometimes you get lucky and you'll get to see your backing! I've seen some 20lbers but haven't got them to hand yet.


Seems like I remember that "Green Weenie" hooked into one on his 3wt last year over there and spent the next 30 min. landing it on the ultra light.

Green Weenie
12-01-2008, 09:38 AM

Yeah, I would highly recommend something a bit heavier than the 3 wt.

12-01-2008, 12:43 PM
I would say that you are probably right about those beasts. It seems like that area is where the tail water starts to settle in to more of an impoundment. Would that be the reason we would see more of those fish and fewer trout in the ferry area? Sorry for the questions. I have only fished that location one time.


12-01-2008, 09:40 PM
The river flows for many more miles until it becomes an impoundment. Once it meets up with the French broad at three rivers just upstream of Knoxville , it becomes the Tennesssee river and Ft. Loudon lake. The deeper area just below Nances ferry gets shallow again just downriver. I believe the NF area is about the lowest point on the river that the river remains cold enough to support the trout.(correct me if I'm wrong) :eek: Sometimes during the late summer, even Nances ferry is too warm for the trout and you'll catch more smallies.:biggrin: Below that point it is a fantastic warm water fishery for Smallmouth and the other sunfishes. If you get tired of catching all those stocker trout, spend some time fishing for those carp and buffalo, they are quite a challenge and lots of fun, just ask a few of the guides who float the river a lot.

12-02-2008, 02:44 AM
I spent some days this summer floating down to and fishing some "carp flats" as I like to call them, on the holston. those fish are VERY challenging.

a few times while floating there, I have seen massive stripers

Carolina Boy
12-02-2008, 03:05 PM
So they will take the green weenie? I bought a couple carp flies from LRO but didn't get one the only time I targeted them, I was trying to sight cast to em and the water was stained and windy kept em down. They get huge in there! When is the best time to fish em?

12-04-2008, 12:33 PM
Thanks Troutman for the details and tips. I would like to head up that way and float the river to get a better perspective of the layout.

I believe some of those monsters would be a blast to catch.

Thanks again for your post...


12-04-2008, 02:07 PM
Your welcome MB. A good day float that is easily done in a canoe, kayak, toon or drifter is the Indian cave to Nances Ferry. Nice riffles, runs and flat water along with some great scenery. There are a few small chutes and one really fun drop you need to pay attention to when you approach but great fishing along the route.
On no generation..

My buddy running it on the pulse.