Week on the South Holston
Enjoyed a great week floating and wading on the South Holston river last week. The water schedule was all over the place, but there was plenty of fishing done. Sulphurs were spotty and the blue wing olives were pretty numerous.Saw some micro caddis and one afternoon saw a big cranefly hatch. The bigger browns are on the move, maybe not feeding much, but I spotted some good ones. Small dries with even smaller nymphs dropped off seemed to work well on the slower water. The fish were up on dries really well a couple of days on high water, with takes on almost every cast for a short while. Streamers worked okay too, but not as well as expected.Caught some really beautiful browns and rainbows on this trip.Hats off to the Project Healing Waters that had a day on the river on Saturday. Those folks sure deserve that. We spoke to quite a few as they passed us in guide boats on Saturday.It wiil probably be February before I will get back up there. Waterfowl season is getting closer...bring it on.
Fished up there this past cold/drizzly Sunday.
We fished behind the drop up high at the TVA access road not far from the weir.
Started seeing some bwo duns around 1:30 and was getting excited when all of a sudden a huge sulfur hatch started coming off.
Fish were rising everywhere!
But, this is probably the most heavily fished area of the river and those were some TOUGH fish to fool! Very frustrating.
I showed em everything in my box on a long leader and only managed 7 fish out of many feeding trout.
The coloration on the browns was stunning.
Glad you had a good trip mstone, mine was fun but humbling.
I thought about fishing that section as the water fell out, but made the decision to come home. The pressure that it gets and it being Sunday helped make up my mind, not to mention all the fishing time I had over the previous two weeks.I felt like there could have been a good hatch that day.I heard that TVA may start sluicing sometime in November, if so, I may make one more short trip.
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