Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Bristol, TN

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Jimmy Cheers

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon276-494-1929 Phone icon276-466-4455 Email iconjimmy@mtnsportsltd.com Link iconmountainsportsltd.com
1021 Commonwealth Ave.
Bristol, TN 24201

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The Story

Jimmy is a native to the area and has an abundance of love and knowledge for the rivers that he calls home. The South Holston and Watauga Rivers are two gems of the South and few know them as well as he does. Jimmy guides out of Mountain Sports Ltd, a full Orvis Dealer and the oldest fly shop on the SoHo. Jimmy is also a graduate of the WCA Western Rivers Guide School. Whether it's floating in his Clackacraft or wading, Jimmy is always up for an adventure on the river!

Date Range

Year round

Rate Range

$350 - half day
$475 - full day

What is Provided to Customer

All tackle (rods, reel, leader, tippet, flies, ect.), sunscreen, water, soft drinks, snacks, and waders if necessary. A river lunch is also served on full day trips (dietary concerns will be fulfilled).

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The South Holston and Watauga Rivers are both tailwaters and favorites in the area to float. Guided float trips for Smallmouth Bass on local rivers and lakes are also offered by Jimmy. If it's native Brookies you're after, Jimmy has a few spots for that too!

Typical Weather by Season

Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia get all four seasons. The fall and spring are usually mild complimented by hot summers and cold winters. Fishing year round is common practice and dressing in layers is key. Typical highs in the spring and fall are around sixty, low nineties for the summer, and mid-forties for the winter.

Sample of Typical Itinerary

A full day trip usually meets early at Mountain Sports Ltd. From there we head to the river and float until lunch. A riverside lunch is followed by a high water float during generation to end the day and head back to Mountain Sports Ltd.

A half day trip also meets at Mountain Sports Ltd and heads to the river for four hours of fishing. The time will vary per trip and is usually scheduled around the best fishing conditions.

Species You Fish for by Season

Trout – year round
Small mouth – April through October

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is there an airport nearby?
A. Yes, Tri-Cities Regional Airport (KTRI) is the closest airport.

Q. When is the best time to fish?
A. Anytime, we are so fortunate to have excellent fishing twelve months a year. We have strong hatches year round with an emphasis on the Summer Sulphur hatch.

Q. I'm new to fly fishing, is that okay?
A. YES! A guided fly fishing trip is an excellent way to start out.

Q. Do I need a license? If so, where can I buy it?
A. Yes, you will need a valid fishing license for Tennessee or Virginia depending on where we plan to fish. For Tennessee an All Species license will be required and can be purchased online through the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency' s website (https://www.tn.gov/twra). For Virginia a Freshwater Fishing license is necessary and can be purchased online through Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (https://gooutdoorsvirginia.com).

What Should Customers Bring?

Hat, polarized sunglasses, fishing license, and rain jacket. If you prefer to bring your own tackle, by all means please do so!

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishing with an old friend Fishing with Jimmy was like fishing with an old friend. Not only does he know where the fish are and can put you on great fish quick, but you cannot help but feel like you’ve known Jimmy you’re whole life. Best guise I’ve been with in a while and will definitely be back.
Date published: 2020-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best guide on the South Holston!!! Jimmy Cheers provided an experience of a lifetime for my dad and I. He has fished the river since he was 5 and knows all of the hot spots. Thanks to the South Holston River Lodge for connecting us with Jimmy!!! We will be back!!
Date published: 2020-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jimmy Cheers, Trout Guide Extrodinair My son booked a 2 day float at the South Holston River Lodge. Jimmy was our guide. We are novists to say the least. jimmy put us on fish both days with a personality of professionalism, patience, knowlege of the river and, oh yes, humor. "This is a true story" he would start his jokes with. We had the best experience catching many, many browns and rainbows and a few trees which Jimmy retied without hesitation. I will return to this first class lodge and request Jimmy to once again, create a memory of a lifetime.
Date published: 2020-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Star Trout Guide Jimmy is one of the best guides I’ve been with! I highly recommend him! He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, tells jokes, patient, and fun. I’ve had the pleasure of fishing with him several times and we always catch lots of fish.
Date published: 2020-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from South Holston expert He's an expert on the river, and knew everything about fishing! First time fly fishing for me and my brother, and he quickly taught us all we needed to know.
Date published: 2019-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Day On The River With Jimmy Jimmy grew up on the South Holston and has fished it his entire life. I have fished with him for several years now and always enjoy my time on the river with him (as well as catch a lot of fish). He is an incredible guide. He has a detailed knowledge of fishing conditions, proper set up and a good knack for finding fish. I have never been disappointed. If your looking for a guide on the South Holston or Wataga rivers he's your guy
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fly fishing guide Jimmy Cheers I took a close friend fly fishing with Jimmy Cheers on the holston river in Tennessee. It was one of the best fishing trip site ever been on and Jimmy was extremely helpful and educational knowing that we were medium skill fly fisherman. We got and lots of fish in court are share and we will be back fishing with him this Spring. I would recommend him to anybody who wants to fish in Tennessee. Hes a really great guy
Date published: 2019-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Googly Moogly! Fantastic 2 day float down the Watauga with Jimmy. Learned a ton, had plenty of laughs, and capped off the trip with a beautiful 24" brown. A great father son experience.
Date published: 2019-12-21
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