A little break from the heat is headed our way along with a wet forecast as we approach the weekend,  This is welcomed with open arms.  To top it off,  The SoHo is running 360CFS, Which is perfect for a float trip or if wading is your thing that we have the water for you.  This flow should be perfect over the next month to wet a line and put a bend in that fly rod.  The South Holston has been fishing good, real good! Our trout are munching on Midges, Scuds and Mayfly Nymphs with an occasional fish looking up for the dry.  This 360cfs should give those Sulphurs a bit of extra help to change life cycles and get those trout eating on the surface!  With this flow dry dropper and light nymph rigs are the way to go with these conditions.

Pictured is Rhett Clarkson with his hands full of brown trout fishing with SHRL guide John Stunkard,  Rhett proves that he is not just a great golfer but a heck of an angler as well.  John and Rhett were the dynamic duo that day boasting a couple of mid 20’s on the SoHo.  We have availability over the next couple months to provide you and your friends or family or possibly a corporate trip with a great experience here at SHRL.   If you are looking for one of these beauties and a smile like Rhett’s, Then come on!  Give us a shout and let us put you on em!




High temperatures and low water is on tap here on our East Tennessee Tailwaters.   These conditions have not slowed down our guide staff from cranking out the trout.  Pictured left, Is Rusty Buzard with a whoppa of a brown and all smiles after a day fishing with SHRL guide John Stunkard.  Pictured right,  Is angler Mike Clancy with a gorgeous wild SoHo brown fishing with SHRL guide Andrew Bright.  Both of these fished were spotted and sight fished to.  If sight fishing for large wild trout gets your juices going than now is the time to be fishing on our rivers

Midges and Mayfly Nymphs and Sulphur’s have been stealing the showing and have been a continuous special on the menu for the trout of the SoHo and Watauga Tailwaters.  Our guides have the rivers dialed in and we have availability over the next few months to get you in on the excitement that our rivers and guides can supply.  Come experience what all the hype is about here at South Holston River Lodge!



Well, Mother Nature must have felt we have reached our saturation point and has given our region a break from the rain, For now.  Despite all the wet weather we have had this spring both Tailwaters are in great shape and are fishing very well.  The Watauga has finally backed off the 24/7 heavy flow and she is ripe for the picking running most of the day at cool 250 CFS,  perfect for floating on one of the most beautiful rivers on the east coast.  You may ask, Are the Sulphurs hatching oh the SOHO?  the answer is a BIG YES.  The Mayflies poured off yesterday giving our guests at the lodge some serious dry fly time all afternoon.  Mayfly nymphs and drys along with some midges are the special of the day for our trout here in east Tennessee.

We are in full swing here at the lodge and it’s been a great season so far.  It will only get better as the SOHO Sulphur hatch gets cranking.  We have availability in July if a last minute trip is in the cards,  Come check us out and see for yourself what our Tailwaters have to offer, You will not be disappointed!



As East Tennessee begins to dry out from the wet spring the fishing here on our Tailwaters is heating up.  The South Holston is running a steady 1200 cfs and the dry fly bite is on.  Some days are better than others as far as hatches but if dry fly is your game then the South Holston has what you need!

The Watauga River is beginning to dial the water back a bunch which will allow even more fantastic options during your visit.  Great things are happening on our rivers and it has been a fantastic start as we slide through spring.

Mother’s day is around the corner and a gift of a fly fishing experience could be just what she is looking for.  Take Mom fishing, She will love it!




The Watauga River Caddis Hatch will be here before we know it and it truly entices  the big browns to look up and gorge themselves on drys.  Here are just a few pics from the past two years on the Taug and hopefully this years hatch will be even better.  The second week of April is when we should start to see this happen.  We still have some availability during this time so if you have not made any plans to fish on our Tailwaters now is the time to get you in on the action.  Hope you enjoy these pics!IMG_1726

Fishing Report February 26th, 2018


Great fishing to be had here on our Tailwaters,  Despite the crazy amounts of rain Mature Nature has been gracing us with the weather is finally turning around.  I can’t think of a better way to welcome spring but with a trip down one of our fantastic rivers.

It has been a mixed bag on the menu for the trout of the SoHo and until we start seeing larger hatches that will continue.  What are these fishing eating?   I feel like a broken record but here we go,  Scuds, Sowbugs, Midges and Olives nymphs are all bringing fish to the net.  Is this 2600 cfs fishing well?  Yep sure is. It’s a little tough to fish on anchor so staying on the move is the name of the game.  Attention Streamer Aficionado’s,  For those of you looking to cast streamers in hopes of connecting with a giant,  Now is your chance with the high flows both rivers have been producing.

Now is also the time to start thinking about the Caddis Hatch and Sulphurs coming in hot.  We still have availability to give you a front row seat at nature’s screening for one of these hatches.  Give us a call and we will get you dialed in for a great experience.

Speaking of coming in hot,  The 2nd Annual Tailwater Round Up is right around the corner March 16th,17th & 18th.  We have some fantastic prizes that will be given away all for a great cause.  FT3 Film Showing March 16th at Holston River Brewing Co.  Watauga and SoHo River Clean up Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th the SOHO 2MAN Flyfishing Tournament,  Do not miss out.  Contact us or make a trip to a local outfitter and mention the Round Up for more details.  Hope to see you there!


IMG_0365      January has really turned around weather wise considering how it started.  The next couple weeks are prime winter fishing conditions here on our tailwaters.   The spawning sections getting ready to open back up on the SoHo February 1st and with the temperatures hovering around 50 degrees this is a great time to clean off that winter rust a go fishing.

The flows on the SoHo have been fantastic for wading or floating, 450 cfs has been the deal and it looks like TVA will keep this going for a bit.  Midges, Olives, Scuds & Eggs are all bringing fish to the net.  The Watauga flows have been little more inconsistent but certainly fishable.  Please do not forget about our specials running through February.

We are wide open right now for January and February and are discounting our cabin rental rates to give you one more reason to be on the South Holston. Our nightly cabin rental rates are dropping from $135- $340/night to $80-$200/night, with weekly rates available as well, details below.

Midge – $80/night Weekly – $400
Caddis – $120/night Weekly – $600
Blue Wing Olive – $160/night Weekly – $800
Mayfly – $200/night Weekly – $1,000

Our guide Trips are still available at our normal rates and we are offering 30% off to the first 10 Trips booked for January and February through our new booking software on our website. The first 10 groups to use the promo code below will get 30% off a guide trip booked in January or February.

Promo Code – WintDisc

You may call us at the office to make your reservation today!
Office Number – 877-767-7875