River Information
Species:  Rainbow and Brown Trout
Angler Type:  Boat or Wade
Access Type:  Public and Private
General Flies:  Midges, Nymphs, Caddis
and Streamers

Suggested Gear
8 ft  to 9 ft 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rods

Fishing and River Description
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.  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.
Click here for TVA Generation Schedule

State Wide Regulations as of 2009
Holston River (Below Cherokee Dam)
  • Daily limit 7 Trout, no minimum length limit
For more information on daily creel limits and additional information
please refer to the
2009 Tennessee Fishing Regulations

Public River Access
Access 1:  Cherokee Dam Access
Access 2:  Nances Ferry Boat Launch

Click here for a detailed TWRA Map!

Click here for TVA Generation Schedule!

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

Local Guides
Smoky Mountain Gillies

Local Fly Shops
Orvis - Sevierville
Little River Outfitters

Places to Stay