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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the South Holston River
There are some big trout in the South Holston River, so you don't want to go too light with
You can use fly lines lighter than a 5 weight floating line but that is what we are
recommending for the least size fly line. Most anglers may prefer to use a 6 weight fly line
for fishing large nymphs and streamers, but it would not be absolutely necessary. Sinking
tip lines come in handy at times, so you may want to consider them.
Your leaders should range in sizes from a 0X for streamers up to 6X for small dry flies like
nymph imitations. You should carry them in lengths ranging from 9 feet up to 12 feet.
There are many situations where a long leader is required. You may want to use shorter
leaders for streamers.
You should have plenty of extra tippet material ranging from 0X to 6X.
We recommend a 5 weight fly rod for almost all of the fishing on the South Fork of the
Holston River. It should be a medium fast to fast action rod nine feet in length.
If you use a 6 weight line for larger nymphs and streamers, you would want a 6 weight fly
rod in a fast action that was nine feet in length.
The fly reels you use for the 5 and 6 weight fly lines should have very good drags. They
should be as light as possible and their drags should be adjustable in fine increments. This
is an advantage when you are fishing light tippets.
We recommend waders. You wouldn't have many options without them, even if you use a
drift boat. We prefer the breathable type.
We recommend felt soles for your wading boots. The bottom of the South Holston is slick.
You may want to consider the new rubber sole boots to prevent the spread of Didymo. This
steam does have the little dreaded creatures.
We think a landing net is a great idea for anyone wanting to make sure they land one of
the large trout. They are purely optional but recommended.
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. They are by far the best flies for the South
Holston because they are the most realistic flies you can purchase. We have imitations of
every insect and other trout food that is present in this stream. If you haven't done so
already, we ask you to give them a try. We know you will not be disappointed.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 and 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 line size
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (email@example.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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