Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Bristol, Virginia

Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA


Mountain Sports is a locally owned business that has been in operation since 1981. At Mountain Sports Ltd., the guide service is provided by veteran guide Patrick Fulkrod. Patrick is a local to Bristol and has been fly fishing since he was 10 years old. Patrick brings a lineup of credentials and accomplishments to his resume including: national recognition as a 2012 Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year Finalist, graduate of the Western Rivers Professional Guide School (2006), Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide since 2007, and a Clackacraft Pro Staff Member.

Date Range

Trips run year-round; both Tennessee and Virginia have no set fishing season.

What is Provided to Customer

Equipment provided for all trips includes:

  • Rod and reel outfits
  • Tippet
  • Leaders
  • Flies
  • Sunscreen
  • Waders
  • Wading boots

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The South Holston River is my home water and it sits at the base of Holston Mountain. The South Holston River is considered the best wild brown trout fishery east of the Mississippi River, offering 6,000 trout per river mile and containing an overall population of 84% Brown Trout / 16% Rainbow Trout. Every brown trout in the South Holston River is a stream-born, wild fish.

The Watauga River is also another river on which we operate trips. The Watauga is a tailwater created by Wilbur Dam and is considered the sister river of the South Holston, offering trophy trout fishing!

I also offer wade trips on the area’s surrounding mountain freestone streams which include: Whitetop Laurel Creek, Tennessee Laurel Creek, Beaver Dam Creek, South Fork of the Holston headwaters, and several other streams and bodies of waters we call “Location X.”

Typical Weather by Season

Average temperatures:
January high: 44.5°F
January low: 25.5°F
July high: 85.5°F
July low: 64.3°F
Annual precipitation: 41.4 inches
Annual snowfall: 16.2 inches
Elevation: 1,615 feet


Sample of Typical Itinerary

On full-day trips we usually meet at 8am at Mountain Sports Ltd. and the conclusion of the day is typically around 6pm or until the fish stop biting!

Half day is 4 hours on the water and can be scheduled anytime during the day, or during peak fishing time.


Species You Fish for by Season

Trout: year-round
Smallmouth bass: March through November


What Should Customers Bring?

• Rain shell
• Polarized sunglasses
• Fleece layers (if appropriate)
• Valid fishing license


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the nearest airport?
A. The nearest airport is Tri Cities Regional (airport code "TRI").

Q. Where is the closest town?
A. Closest city or township is Bristol, Virginia, which is where my home base (Mountain Sports Ltd.) is located. Bristol is 10 minutes from the South Holston River.

Q. Is a gratuity customary?
A. The fees listed do not include gratuities or fishing license. Just a note on guide gratuities: a gratuity (tip) is tradition in the fly-fishing world. The guideline is generally between 15 to 20 percent or more per day. Gratuities should be based on overall quality of service and experience.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 206 reviews


205 of 206 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    surprised - 4/21/2015
    By: from Tennessee, USA

    Going to TN for fly fishing for the first time was an experience we were looking forward to but with no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It turned out to be a perfect 3 days thanks to Patrick's knowledge and personality. We will go back which is the best way to describe our experience.

  • 5/5

    Best fishing trip ever - 4/21/2015
    By: from Coral Gables Fl.

    I couldn't of had a greater fishing trip than this one.Patrick was a great guide knowing all the fishing holes which gave us all the excitement of fishing.He is the MAN

  • 5/5

    tons of fun and fish - 4/20/2015
    By: from Bristol, TN, USA

    Patrick provides a great fishing experience whether you are a rookie like myself or a veteran. You will want for nothing and catch plenty of fish! Fantastic day on the water!

  • 5/5

    Another great trip with Patrick - 4/19/2015
    By: from Bluff City, TN, USA

    Have fished with Patrick many times and he always puts us on fish and more importantly takes great care of us.

  • 5/5

    What a Day with the Best Guide Ever - 4/16/2015
    By: from Hamilton, OH

    This is my 3rd trip with, and my 3rd review of, Patrick Fulkrod who in my humble opinion is simply the best guide ever. I get it-everyone who has a good experience with a guide probably feels the same way, but even without the many trout caught (~ 35-40) and my personal best Rainbow (~ 22 inches /4 pounds) Patrick is such a class guy, it is just a privilege to be on the water with him. I've said it before, his knowledge of the water, his mentoring and coaching skills, his humor and his humility set him apart from other guides I know. Simply stated Patrick is Best in class, as his current and previous guide of the year nominations and his 2014 Guide of the Year status bears out. If you are ever interested in fishing the tremendous Tail Waters of East Tn. I strongly recommend you book with Patrick. You will not be disappointed

  • 5/5

    Another EPIC Day w/Patrick! - 4/10/2015
    By: from Northern VA

    I've been spoiled; spoiled by Patrick Fulkrod--easily the GREATEST fly fishing guide currently inhabiting planet earth. I've only fished with two guides in my life: Patrick and one other gentleman that I met before I was introduced to Patrick four years ago. Since then, I've only fished with Patrick (and I have enjoyed that privilege many times since our first trip). As I said before, I've been spoiled by Patrick--once you fish with the best, there's no "going back." I doubt I'll ever fish with another guide in my life. It was no surprise to me at all when Patrick was voted the #1 Orvis-endorsed Guide of the Year in 2014. I suspect 2014 won't be the only time he captures that title!

  • 5/5

    delighted - 4/9/2015
    By: from Holston River, Tennessee, USA

    Never been fly fishing. I was in Patrick's hands. A few instructions and what do ya know, I was catching fish! Awful weather and still had a blast! Amazing experience!

  • 5/5

    well deserved, guide of the year - 4/8/2015
    By: from bristol, va

    Patrick is not only an excellent guide and teacher, but he's an excellent communicator and make you feel very welcome and comfortable. Patrick took my wife and I out for her first experience flyfishing and she landed four fish in our first twenty minutes on the water. The weather was horrible, but seeing the excitement on her face will be what I remember. Patrick is deserving of being considered guide of the year again this year, if you want my opinion. I'd highly recommend Patrick to everyone from beginners to experts. He's a real class act, who is an expert in his field.

  • 5/5

    Patrick is incredible... - 4/7/2015

    I recently had the good fortune of spending a day on the South Holston River with Patrick. It was a remarkable day spent with a remarkable young man. Patrick is a consummate professional with a wonderful sense of humor. Oh, and we caught a bunch of trout...

  • 5/5


Mountain Sports Ltd.
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Patrick Fulkrod
1021 Commonwealth Avenue
Bristol, VA 24201

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