Josh McFadden and Kevin Lowe are a couple of hardcore fly fishermen and friends of FlyfishMagazine.com who run Hatch Hunter's Guide Service. Be sure to check them out if your fishing takes you looking for big browns on the South Holston. These guys are the real thing.
2.1.09 South Holston River
Kevin and I decided to hit the water on Sunday afternoon to try out some of the sections that had been closed for the spawn. The weather was absolutely perfect. They had been generating for a few hours in the morning so watch the schedule if you plan on coming up this week. We got there on falling water at the water was still colored. So the fishing was slow until the water finished dropping out then it was like someone flicked a switch on and the fishing was hot. The fly of the day was a small olive hare's ear. Good old stand by nymph for sure. These fish are ready to eat. I suspect we'll be back several times in the next couple of days. We just can't leave water this good alone. Here's a short video we made of the day. The fish are very colored up now as the rainbows get ready for their spawn.