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    Default holston 12/31

    I fished the holston on friday from 11-4 below the dam at the quarry. Apparently everyone hit the holston today, guys were everywhere! I stayed in the same spot the entire afternoon, and twice I had people come over and fish my run right across from me. Not that it mattered however, because all day I only saw 4 other people catch fish. There were a few rises here and there and the only real hatch coming off was a rediculously small black midge. It was a heavy hatch however, and when I got back to my truck I had empty shucks all over my waders. I managed to catch 4, and LDR 3 more. All in all it wasnt a bad day. i was reminding however why I prefer the mountains over the tailwaters. Less people and fish that arent nearly as picky. On a side note, it seems the holston has the smallest average size fish of any tailwater I have ever fished. Not to say there arent some big ones in there, but it seems 95% of the fish are under 14 inches. Have you all allso noticed this?

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    Thanks for your report!

    Did you park at the boat landing below the dam and WALK down?

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    I stopped at the quarry office and asked to park there. They said it was fine and told me when they would be shutting the gate. There were like 8 cars parked at the quarry. I know that not everyone parked there asked for permission, however I sure would. If they shut the gates early for some reason at the quarry you would be stuck inside. Next time I go I might try it right below the dam. There looked to be somme good water there once the water levels went all the way down.

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    I like to throw streamers mostly on the Holston. There seems to always be a hatch of tiny midges. I may not catch a lot of fish when I go out there, but I do hook atleast a handful when I do. I can also say that there are indeed some big fish in that river which keeps me coming back with my 6wt and wooly buggers.
    "I've got to stop wishin, I've got to go fishin"

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