South Holston River Fly Fishing Guides

Fly Fishing the Smokies now offers South Holston River and Watauga River Fly Fishing Guides for Float Trips in Tennessee. Experience the south’s premier tailwaters, and some of the best dry fly fishing in the eastern United States. We offer all inclusive Half Day and Full Day guided Float Trips from the comfort of premium Hyde Drift Boats.

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South Holston River Float Trips

The South Holston River is known world wide for having a tremendous population of huge wild Brown trout and the best dry fly fishing in the entire eastern United States. Spectacular summer hatches of Sulphers that will bring even the biggest trout up on the surface to feed. If streamer fishing is your game, then the South Holston is your playground. Big browns lurk the banks and will crush giant pieces of steak stripped on sink tip lines.

Watauga River Float Trips

The Watauga River is a one of the most consistent rivers in the country. With tailwater flows from Boone Lake providing cold clean water all year long, the Watauga River is the perfect place to catch the largest fish in the entire region. Massive Rainbow and Brown trout are the norm here. You won’t find large numbers of fish but you will find quality, beautiful scenery and fantastic dry fly fishing.


Trips are priced per boat, boats can accommodate up to two anglers

Full Day Float Trip $475/ day

Half Day Float Trip $325/ day


This trip is located near Bristol Tennessee less than 1 mile from Bristol Motor Speedway which is approximatley 1hr from Knoxville TN, 1hr from Asheville NC, and 2hrs from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN. 

We supply all gear and equipment including fly rods, fly reels, flies, leader and tippet. We also take care of lunch and drinks on Full Day Float Trips. Clients are responsible for their own valid Tennessee fishing license with Trout Stamp.