I consider myself a somewhat veteran of our local tailraces and mtn. streams but strangely enough I fished the Holston the first time this past sat..
First off, what a nice river! Lush bottom vegetation and virtually no in/out river trash (unlike the soho!). Only fished a couple hrs. and brought 3 very chunky, heard fighting, and beautifully colored rainbows to hand. I lost/missed 4 or 5 more and saw several really nice fish rising randomly in slick water.
My questions are:
This river seems to have a rep for gullible trout. I was out of 6X and fished 7X seaguar and dang if these trout wouldn't borough in vegetation the second they got hooked causing me to lose some of them. Are these trout uncatchable on 4-5X?
I was also told that a standard bhpt is all one needs to get into these fellas. Should I be fishing ultra-realistic patterns like I do on the Clinch and SoHo?
Also, I noticed that this water is much warmer then any other tailrace I fish this time of year. Is it common practice to lay off these trout by late August? Does early morning fishing actually move the tailrace temp much?
Should I not even consider this river a prospect until late fall? Does the river lose a large volume of its trout population yearly due to water temps?
I know I should do my own homework by actually fishing this river but I don't want to "overthink" this river and I definetly don't want to strain these trout by fishing them anymore this summer if early morning fishing isn't a possibility.
If anyone wants the "lowdown" on the Clinch, SoHo, Smokies, or Watauga I'd be more then happy to help.
Thanks in advance,