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CinciVol
05-30-2012, 02:14 PM
I fished the Holston about 5 miles below Cherokee dam on Friday May 25th from 12-3 pm. I saw a few caddis hatching but not the level of bug activity that I am used to seeing this time of year. However, trout were rising somewhat frequently to eat something (caddis emergers or midges?). I fished a double nymph rig with a heavy nymph fished about a foot above an olive zebra midge and ended up doing really well. Caught about 10 trout with 5 pushing the 15" mark and all were Holston-fat. There was a mix of rainbows and browns (first browns I have caught on the river). Below is a shot of my best fish of the day. It was awesome.

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd216/deriesten/2012-05-25_14-42-59_206.jpg

waterwolf
05-30-2012, 03:37 PM
A brown from the Holston is not common, not rare just not an every day event. Pretty fish, and glad you had a good day.

wmwalker
05-30-2012, 06:06 PM
Very nice fish and sounds like you had a great day. Thanks for sharing with all of us.:smile:

Corbo
05-31-2012, 06:27 AM
Awesome!

Yet to catch a really nice brown on the Holston... I have only fished it at Nance's and need to find other sites to access the river.... care to share?

MadisonBoats
05-31-2012, 06:52 AM
I have heard the Holston is fishing well and possibly at the start of an awesome 2-3 year cycle. May have to head up that way and fish with Corbo....:smile:

CinciVol
05-31-2012, 08:39 AM
Corbo and Shawn, I'd be glad to let you know exactly where I was fishing (Shawn has my phone#) but I accessed the river from some private property. It was a bit downstream of the Tampico area.

I was surprised at the number of browns I saw. The trout grow so quickly in that river they may have been stocked in the last year? Seems like the river would be great for browns since it is warm and relatively slow moving in a lot of areas.

There was a lot of junk (weeds and algae) floating down the river. I'm sure that brought a lot of food along and also helped disguise my un-stealthy delivery. Not sure if there is a way to predict if/when that crud plume will happen based on Cherokee's generation or if it just happens this time of year?

AL trout bum
05-31-2012, 07:24 PM
Great report! I love that river. I would say I love it even more than the White River in Arkansas. I wish I lived closer to it!

No browns have been stocked in the South Holston since 2004 or something like that. They are all wild. At least that's what I was told.

Corbo
06-01-2012, 07:10 AM
AL trout bum;

Same river but different place on it; the posts above reference the area below Cherokee dam.... the South Holston is far up-river below South Holston Dam. Both are wicked awesome fisheries. It must be difficult living in AL and being a trout bum... move here so you can do it better.

CINCIVOL; when do you want to go? My new "job" or enterprise will make fishing fri, sat, sun impossible but it beats construction which beats me.

Stonefly
06-01-2012, 10:17 AM
Great report! I love that river. I would say I love it even more than the White River in Arkansas.



Al, have you been reading my mail? I've made that exact comment !

steve

AL trout bum
06-01-2012, 12:40 PM
Yea I just noticed that you didn't mention South Holston! Woops! :redface:

Regardless, I love the area. It is tough being a trout bum in AL, but I am pretty much on the state line between AL and TN, so it's not too bad. However, the South Holston is 5-6 hours away. :mad:

waterwolf
06-01-2012, 02:35 PM
I have heard the Holston is fishing well and possibly at the start of an awesome 2-3 year cycle. May have to head up that way and fish with Corbo....:smile:

I am curious about the cycle you feel could be coming. If you don't mind please elaborate

MadisonBoats
06-02-2012, 06:29 AM
I am curious about the cycle you feel could be coming. If you don't mind please elaborate

Jim,
I was alluding to the cyclical pattern that the Holston seems to follow the past few decades. From my layman experience and word-of-mouth knowledge; the Holston tends to fish fabulous for 2-3 years and then it is down for 3-4 years based on climate and environmental trends.

waterwolf
06-02-2012, 06:43 AM
Jim,
I was alluding to the cyclical pattern that the Holston seems to follow the past few decades. From my layman experience and word-of-mouth knowledge; the Holston tends to fish fabulous for 2-3 years and then it is down for 3-4 years based on climate and environmental trends.

It does, it will rise and just when it is on the edge of where it would be off the charts good, it comes crashing down. This year seems to be at the bottom of the curve from what I have heard.

It is strange, and water temps seem to be about the same each year, so the cause may be unknown.

Flat Fly n
06-02-2012, 01:38 PM
It's those guys on Wall Street controlling the river!

I think all rivers do that. Look at the Caney. Down now but about 3 years ago you could walk across the river on the backs of big browns! Now the Clinch is picking up again some. Who knows what causes the peaks and valleys. Pressure from fishermen? Weather, generation, etc. All I really know is that I am on call and board that I can't go fishing today!

Corbo
06-03-2012, 08:20 AM
Well; personally I've done well this year on the Holston and wish I knew more places to get on the water. So far though I've yet to hook a fish on a dry fly on the Holston this year and have seen only a few caddis.

What's going on? Haven't been there for two weeks.