Holston River by Rocky Top Anglers


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Guided Fly Fishing in Tennessee and Beyond                    

Rocky Top Anglers is a professional fly fishing guide service located in east Tennessee. We specialize in guided fly fishing drift boat float trips and wade fishing excursions to the best destinations in the southeast. We offer our guided fly fishing trips year round covering these great rivers – Clinch River – Holston River – Hiwassee River  – Cumberland River – Caney Fork River – and more.

Rocky Top Angler will provide reports for the rivers they are fishing during that time period, check under rivers for reports. They take their clients where the fish are most active.

Contact: Michael ” Rocky” Cox
Email: tnrockyraccoon@yahoo.com

Fishing Report Holston River Tennessee:  24 June 2017

Holston River. High water has been prevalent here since May. Random low water windows pop up from time to time and the fishing has solid. TVA is dealing with a dam seepage issue at Boone Dam and that’s created problems for the lower Holston River. The heavy April rains caused TVA to run so much water through the system that Cherokee Lake peaked well above flood guides. So, TVA has ran the turbines a lot this spring and that scares me a bit. Really wet spring seasons are often bad for the Holston because the cold water at the bottom of the lake is ran through the turbines and through the tailwater much earlier in the season than normal. I always monitor the water temperatures when I fish the Holston and I suspend operations there when the water reaches 67 degrees. This may be a very challenging year for the Holston, especially following last year’s drought. I hope all the other folks guiding on the Holston respect it enough to rest it once it gets hot. I won’t be fishing there once it gets too warm and I advise others to do the same. Don’t be afraid to ask your guide what the water temperature is and always make decisions for the fish and not the angler.


    Like I mentioned, the river is fishing well right now. We’ve caught our share of Holston footballs and trophies, but the overall fish size seems down this year which probably has a lot to do with last year’s drought and late fall fishing pressure. The caddis showed up in good numbers and provided solid dry fly fishing every day I spent on the Holston. Typical nymph rigs worked well for those who wanted to dredge, but dry/droppers have been the ticket for everyone else.






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