Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Come fish the South Holston!! May 26-29

   Join us as we fish the South Holston, one of the best 
tailwaters in the East.

    We will be visiting Tennessee’s South Holston River to experience some of the best trout fishing in the East.  The South Holston River Lodge will be our host as we fish this iconic tailwater near Bristol, TN.  Luke Sedacca will host this spring trip.
ITINERARY for the May 26-29, 2015 trip
Tuesday: Drive to Bristol, Tennessee, settle in, some late afternoon fishing may be possible, dinner and drinks, and develop a game plan for the next few days.

Wednesday, Thursday: Breakfast, 2 days of guided fishing, hearty fishing lunch, dinner and drinks in the evening. 

Friday: Pack up and return home


           We will be fishing some of the best trout water the East has to offer.  The SoHo as it is lovingly known, is one of the best trout tailwaters in the East. The South Fork of South Holston River is a cold, clear tailwater holding between 4,000 to 5,000 trout per linear mile.  Fish average from 10 to 20 inches in length, but wild browns to 10 pounds are caught each season.  If the SoHo is running high, we may also fish the Watauga river. 

         About 30 minutes from South Holston River Lodge lies the Watauga River.  The Watauga is approximately 60 miles long flowing from Grandfather Mountain in Western North Carolina into the Tennessee Valley.  Offering a diverse population of aquatic insects, the Watauga provides solid hatch opportunities during spring, summer and fall.

       The fishing can be technical but the SoHo River Lodge guides spend hundreds of day a year on the river and will do their best to make the trip a success.  There will be opportunities to fish dry flies, nymphs, and streamers depending on the water conditions.

The resident Sulphur Mayflies start to make a regular appearance during this time.  Consistent hatches of these buttery bugs are found throughout the river.  This is the best time for hatches you can set your watch to.  The beetle fishing really ramps up as we get closer to June and the Caddis hatch can be a sight to see on the Watauga if river conditions are right.”

Catch and Release: D&H strongly encourages catch and release of all trout.  Our guides require that all fish be released immediately after catching.

Note to Novices:  We are happy to accommodate the beginner fly angler.  The guides are extremely patient and are eager to share their knowledge.  It is best, however, to arrive with a bit of knowledge about the sport.  We recommend that you enroll in a D&H beginner fly fishing school or at least take a private casting lesson with Luke.  Practice casting in your yard or at a local park.  A very good and easy to read book is Flyfishing: First Cast to First Fish!.  Scientific Anglers has produced some very good DVDs.

 We will stay in one of the four rustic cabins the lodge offers. These cabins are perfect for a small group of anglers.  All cabins offer all the amenities we will need for our stay including Wi-Fi, cable in the bedrooms, and a basement game room with pool, card, and ping-pong tables.  The cabin overlooks the river which can be enjoyed while sitting on the spacious balcony or relaxing your casting pains in the Jacuzzi.


We will eat a very hearty Breakfast together in the morning. Guides will provide stream-side lunches. After evening cocktails we will settle down to a gourmet farm to table inspired meal. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions, etc., so that we will be prepared to accommodate them.

Expect cool mornings and warm afternoons, though rain will certainly be possible this time of year.  Average daytime highs will be in the mid 70s with overnight lows in the mid 50s.  Dress to accommodate a variety of conditions.

Luke will be happy to help you get prepared for this trip however he can.  Gear lists are available and Luke is available to do complimentary casting lessons or knots, leaders, and flies review sessions.

The price is $1,100.  The price includes two days fully guided fly fishing, all meals, alcohol, 3 nights lodging and beer and spirits.

The pricing excludes transportation, fishing licenses, personal items and gratuities for guides.

Fishing license for non-resident: 3 Day- all species $33.50.

The trip to the lodge takes about 6 hours.  We will drive up as a group or separate.  These details will be addressed once the host has a chance to discuss this with the group.

Please contact Luke Sedacca at or at (513)871-3474.
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Hyde Park Square     2708 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45208
Mon-Thurs 10-8     Fri-Sat 10-6     Sun 11-5
Tel: 513-871-FISH     E-mail:

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