The Holston River flows through some of the most beautiful sections of northeast Tennessee.  Along 14 miles of this cold water fishery is some great Tennessee Rainbow Trout fishing open to the clients of South Holston River Lodge.

South Holston River Lodge is the first and only fly fishing lodge in the area.  Established by Bill and Will Anderson, the lodge and cabins provide fly fishers with modern amenities not to mention the fly tying tables in every room.  The oldest of the building is 100 years of age.  Internet service is available and each cabin has a 50-inch TV attached to cable service.  Every cabin has a porch with panoramic view of the river.

The father and son team stresses family fishing.  They can fish from drift boats or wade in the cool water.  The lodge is full service with food, lodging, and guides, etc.  Free instruction on fly fishing and fly tying is available for the asking.  If you prefer it is possible to fish on your own and cook your own meals.

The Rainbow Trout fishing is “catch and release only” in order to preserve the wild stock in the river.

The river contains every type of trout habitat one would seek anywhere.  There are plunge pools, deep water and shallow.  If you want another kind of fly fishing there is another 30 miles of great smallmouth water that are susceptible to trout fishing techniques.  Anglers find fishing for big Brown Trout in these waters.

Outdoor writer Bandon Butler says South Holston River Lodge “should be on any fly-fisherman’s bucket list.”

For further information on the fishing here go to their website at or contact the manager Jon Hooper at


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