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!

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