GUIDE SERVICES

Our guides have everything you need to have fun on the water.  You can bring your own gear, or everything will be provided for you. Holston Valley Anglers offers guided trips on the South Holston River, Watauga River, and South Fork Holston River.  Trips include wading, half-day float trips, or all-day trips. We book trips year-round but book up quickly.  To book a trip or to check on availability, click the button below. Half dy trips include a snack and drinks.  All day trips include lunch and drinks.

WHAT TO WEAR

Weather can be unpredictable in the mountains.  Be sure to pack rain gear in the Spring, and layer.  It can get cold or wet quickly. In the summer it is a good idea to wear sun protection.  Hats, polarized glasses, and sunscreen are recommended. 

WATAUGA RIVER

Half-Day Watauga Float Trip  ($350
Full-Day Watauga Float Trip ($450)
Half-day wading trip ($350)
Full-day wading trip ($450)

 

SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER

Half-Day South Holston River Float Trip  ($350)
Full-Day South Holston River Trip ($450)
Half-day wading trip ($350)
Full-day wading trip ($450)

SOUTH FORK RIVER

Half-day wading trip ($350)
Full-day wading trip ($450)

All trips are subject to generation schedules and weather.

We require a $100 deposit to reserve your trip.  The rest is due upon arrival.

SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER

The South Holston River is ranked one of the top tailwaters in Northeast Tennessee and is one of the best trout tailwaters in the southeast. The South Holston River holds both brown and rainbow trout. The brown trout are naturally reproducing wild fish. The rainbow trout are stocked on a regular basis. The South Holston River is a tailwater that spans 14-miles and runs from the dam at South Holston Lake to Bluff City, Tennessee where the river flows into Boone Lake. The South Holston Weir Dam was constructed in 1991 on both sides of Osceola Island to add oxygen in the river. It is a popular destination for fly fishing enthusiast world-wide.  It has been said to have more fish per square mile than any other tailwater in North America.

WATAUGA RIVER

Located extremely close to The South Holston River, The Watauga River flows from Wilbur lake directly below Watauga lake. It is within miles of The South Holston River.  Customers often schedule trips on both rivers to experience some of our region’s finest fishing. Like the South Holston River, The Watauga is managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority.  It can be waded or floated depending on the generation schedule.

SOUTH FORK HOLSTON RIVER

The South Fork Holston River originates in Smyth County, Virginia near the community of Sugar Grove, where it is formed by the combination of several cold-water streams. There are two different special regulation trout fishing sections within the upper portions of the river. In the largest section, only single-hook artificial lures may be used, and there is a creel limit of two fish per day and a 16-inch minimum size limit. This section is approximately four miles long, extending from 500 feet above the dam at the Buller Fish Cultural Station upstream to the upper Jefferson National Forest boundary (above the crossing of the Appalachian Trail). Both rainbow and brown trout are available in this section of the South Fork.
The second section of special regulation trout fishing is for catch and release only (no keeping fish), and only single-hook artificial lures may be used. This section of the South Fork lies within the boundaries of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Buller Fish Cultural Station. It extends from the concrete dam downstream to the lower boundary of the Cultural Station. This area provides excellent trophy trout for all anglers and provides year-round trout fishing with easy access through the Buller property. More information can be found here.

The second section of special regulation trout fishing is for catch and release only (no keeping fish), and only single-hook artificial lures may be used. This section of the South Fork lies within the boundaries of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Buller Fish Cultural Station. It extends from the concrete dam downstream to the lower boundary of the Cultural Station. This area provides excellent trophy trout for all anglers and provides year-round trout fishing with easy access through the Buller property. More information can be found here.

OTHER FISHING OPPORTUNITIES

While you’re here you can try your hand at Mountain Stream Fishing at Tennessee Laurel, Backbone Rock, the Doe River, and other locations.