Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Piney Flats, TN

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Patrick Fulkrod

South Holston River Company


Phone icon276-492-9614 Email iconPatrick@southholstonrivercompany.com Link iconsouthholstonrivercompany.com
Piney Flats, TN 37686

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The Story

Wild brown trout, year round dry fly opportunities and lots of fish. Make a visit and experience what the fuss is about on the South Holston River - considered by many to be the premier fishing East of the Rockies. Opportunities include wade or drift boat fishing. Nearby lodging readily available. Close to everything, a million miles away from it all.

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

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.

What Should Customers Bring?

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

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

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Experience Our fourth trip to the South Holston in three years and without a doubt our best. Patrick Fulkrod knows what he is doing and shares his skills, insights and experiences in the most effective, friendly manner tailored to all levels of fishing experience. We were on the river for three days and each day Patrick made the most out of changing conditions. He introduced us to new sections on the river and we not only caught fish using a variety of techniques, but enjoyed some very scenic stretches along the way. South Holston and the Watauga Rivers are a must for all levels of experience, and to make the most of your trip hook up with Patrick at the South Holston River Company. We’ll be back and hope to meet you on the River!
Date published: 2021-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Trip We fished two days with South Holston River Co. The SoHo flows were shut down for repairs which made floating the river difficult. The Guides with South Holston River Co. adjusted their plans to put our group of 9 on fish. We fished the Watauga as well as sections of the SoHo we were able to get a boat in. I was blown away by this groups level of professionalism, knowledge and overall fishiness. We had an incredible trip, boating over 30 fish one day in very difficult conditions. They have a client for life.
Date published: 2021-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Birthday trip My son and I took a trip with Cy and had a great time! We had never done a float trip and didn’t know what to expect but Cy got us up to speed pretty quickly and we ended the day with 37. We will definitely be back and have friends wanting to go too.
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding professional guide The weather was against us as we set out down the Watauga River however, the fish said it was a great day to be caught. Cy set us up with a couple different set ups and with in minutes we were into fish. The weather may have not been the best, but we made the most of it and Cy was a true professional throughout. He answered all of our questions and a bond was quickly formed. The second day we had better weather and fished another section of the Watauga. Within moments of launch we were into the fish and the day didn’t disappoint. As the sun danced in and out of the clouds a few hatches came and so did some amazing fishing and beautiful scenery. I would recommend Cy to any seasoned fisherman or a first time angler. He is patient, professional, and captures exactly what anyone could hope for in a guide.
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely incredible I got to spend 2 days with Cy Neyman with the South Holston River Company and it was one of the best 2 days of fly fishing I’ve ever had. Cy was an excellent guide, knows the river like the back of his hand, got us on fish consistently despite rain on the first day, and generally worked his butt off to make sure we had a good time. I can’t speak highly enough of the experience. I can’t wait to go back.
Date published: 2021-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another GREAT set of trips with Cy ! I recently celebrated my son's birthday with a trip on the SoHo with South Holston River Company - and it was spectacular ! Cy is THE best guide I have ever worked with. For those who fished the weekend of April 17-19th you know how challenging the low water was and how spotty the bite. Cy never fails ... over a day and a half of some hard work Cy put us on top of 43 trout landed ! No trophies, but just a great time for my son's birthday. Book with South Holston River Company - best guides in Tennessee.
Date published: 2021-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good guides If want to have a good time and catch plenty of fish these are your guides. I've fished with several of their guides and they all have been great.
Date published: 2021-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide & Great River I went on my first float on the South Holston with guide Shane Griffith recently, It was beyond great. Shane is a tier one guide, he was mission focused the entire time & dedicated to doing anything & everything a guide could do for a client. Shane knows this river, every centimeter of it. I will be doing a minimum of 3 float trips with Shane a year from now on. I offered Shane the chance to fish himself & he refused & dedicated every second to keeping me on fish & making the day a success. Definitely give Shane a call if you’re wanting to float the SoHo. I can’t recommend him enough or say enough great things about Shane.
Date published: 2021-03-22
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