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2weightfavorite 01-05-2013 07:41 PM

holston river fished well
Fished the Holston this morning from sun up until about noon. I was a few miles below the dam, but was quite surprised that the water stayed high well after 8 when they quit running generators at 7...actually it was up until about 9, but I got there at daybreak so I rigged up a wooley bugger and hit the high water. The bugger got some strikes, and a few hook ups with LDR's, but no fish to hand. Once the water went down I caught fish pretty much everywhere I moved to. Mostly on PT's and a few on various midge larvae. I was really shocked however at the size, or lack there of, of the fish I caught. After landing close to 20 only 2 fish were close to 12 inches, most falling short of 9 inches... Sure hope they grow a lot before the caddis flies start coming off in the spring...

joetroutman 01-11-2013 07:14 PM


were you on private land? I'm trying to get out there tomorrow and give the holston a try for the first time but heard that most of the river is private land.

Does anyone have any advice on spots, flies, etc.

Corbo 01-14-2013 09:04 AM

Hugh is the Holston guru and knows may access locations; now that he is retired from guiding perhaps he will disclose these spots.

I heard one can walk down the left bank OR park on the Grainger side at the quarry but have never fished yje "top" end only down at Nance's.

flyman01 01-15-2013 11:19 AM

When we have ventured to the SoHo, we always accessed the river via River Bend Rd. At the end of this road just as turns into a culdesac, there is a parkling lot on the right. Park there and follow the trails through the woods to the river. The property that you pass through as I understand it, is owned by T.U. so you have no issues accessing the river. This is a great stretch of water to fish both upstream and down. Be advised of the flow schedule, when it comes on, it is like a tsunami hitting there.....not much time to get out of deeper water.

joetroutman 01-17-2013 05:53 PM

flyman u talking about the south holston or the holston? I was asking about the holston.

I did have the chance to get out there for a bit this weekend and had good action but i was only out there for an hour or less because the buddy i brought sprung a leak in his waders.

I hope that there will be a chance to get out this weekend but we will have to see how much they lower the lakes.

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