Species You Fish for by Season
- Trout: year-round
- Smallmouth bass: March through November
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
- 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