Some of the best fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout in the Nation happens on the South Holston River in Bristol, Tn.
The South Holston River water generation is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority. In floating or wading the river, each trip will depend on the water release schedule. Float trips are only available on the South Holston when water is being generated. Likewise, wade trips are only available on the South Holston when water is not generating.
The South Holston tailwater system offers a great bounty with a near 8,500 fish per mile. The 14 mile stretch of pristine water begins in the neighboring state of Virginia. The Holston river at the North Fork streams down and through Kingsport, Tn. It eventually meets the South Holston Dam. The South Holston Dam is unique in producing cold water temperatures year-round in feeding the South Holston River. A series of weir dams proceeded by grates amplifies the oxygen levels for a perfect habitat in which trout thrive year-round.