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Water flow: low stable flows
Visibility: 36 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 9am to 5pm
Best stretch: Upper and middle float stretches
Best access point: Dam. Indian Cave, Nances Ferry
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
caddis, crane flies, midge, mayflies, crawfish
Fish species: trout and smallmouth
Fishing season: year round
Nearest airport: Tri-Cities Regional Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Intermediate Full Sink Fly Line
The Holston River is a major river system of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. The Holston river is one of the newest tailwater trout fisheries in Tennessee. It is located below Cherokee dam in Jefferson city near Knoxville. This section of tailwater is well below the south fork of the Holston. TWRA began stocking trout here in 1999 and it has been a huge success. This stretch also offers superb smallmouth ...
fishing from the drift boat. The river is comprised of a limestone bottom and fertile water for insects. Hatches include Caddis, Crane Flies, Midges, and some Mayflies. There are also good populations of Crawfish and Minnows which are especially important to the smallmouth. Much of the river is bordered by private land so drift fishing is the most productive. There are several drift stretches available.
*Drift boat fly fishing. Double nymphs with indicators, streamers.
Trout fishing is currently good for larger fish. Fish numbers are low. 01/23/2017