Holston River

  • Trout Species: Rainbow and Brown
  • Angler Type: Wade or Boat
  • Access Type: Public or Private


Fly Shops

  • Orvis Sevierville
  • Little River Outfitters
  • Three Rivers Anglers
  • Smoky Mountain Angler




The Holston River below Cherokee Dam has one of the most abundant amounts of aquatic insects of any of the Tennessee tailwaters.  Unfortunately however it has problems with high water temperatures in the height of summer.  For this reason it is managed by TWRA as a put and take fishery and has no special regulations.  Another problem on the Holston is access.  There is only two official TWRA access points.  All other access is granted by land owners and you must gain permission before hand.  Despite everything that the Holston has against it, it still produces some really good fish every year.  Rainbows can push twenty inches and there can be some spectacular caddis hatches in the spring and summer.  The Holston is not one to be overlooked and holds some surprises.  Please practice safe wading practices and be sure to check the generation schedules before you go.

The Holston River is a Tailwater fishery so always check the Generation Schedule before you go.

Click Here for TVA Generation Schedule and select Cherokee Dam from Lakes and Recreation on the right.

Suggested Flies

  • Zebra Midges
  • Tungsten Bead Head Pheasant Tails
  • Split Case Sulphur Nymphs
  • Scuds
  • Sow Bugs
  • Sulphur Dries
  • Gray Caddis
  • Streamers

Suggested Rods/Reels/Lines

9 foot 4,5,6 or 7 weight rods with matching reels and floating fly lines, unless throwing streamers, then use sinking fly lines

Fishing Regulations

Please be sure to check current regulations if you are unfamiliar, many of our tailwaters have unique regulations.

Tennessee Fishing Regulations

Purchase a Tennessee Fishing License

Public Access Points

  1. Cherokee Dam Access
  2. Nances Ferry Boat Launch


Getting There

From Interstate 40 take exit 394 and go Northeast on Hwy 11E towards Jefferson City and take a left on Hwy 92 towards Cherokee Dam

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Tennessee Fly Fishing