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South Holston River Lodge- Tennessee

Trophy Trout Fishing

June 6th- 10th,  2016

with host Ryan Ratliff

Mad River OutfittersTravel
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Located on the seventh mile of the South Holston River in Bristol, Tennesse, the South Holston River Lodge is a fly fisher's dream. Truly some of the finest fly fishing, and dry fly fishing, that the East has to offer. A main lodge, several cabins and a main dining hall are surrounded by wilderness and river. You will find all of the amenities that you could ask for and more.

Driving to the lodge is very easy, but we can also arrange airport pickup from the Tri-Cities Regional airport (TRI). You should plan on arriving on your 1st day around 4:00 p.m. You will be met by General Manager Jon Hooper and your host from Mad River Outfitters if a hosted trip. After dinner, our guests will typically gather for an evening of cocktails and an overview of daily schedules, river conditions and basic lodge/guide policies. After this brief orientation, most guests gather around the firepit on the banks of the river for a nightcap, cigar and fishing stories. The game room also provides a relaxing atmosphere after a great day of fishing. The lodge also features a fully-stocked fly tying area at your disposal. Although there is no guided fishing on your arrival day, guests are welcome to take the opportunity to fish the homepool in front of the lodge on their own.

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Perhaps the best trout fishing in the East......"- Lefty Kreh

The South Holston River offers some of the finest fly fishing you may ever encounter.....really! The South Fork of South Holston River is a cold, clear tailwater holding between 4,000 to 5,000 trout per linear mile. The fish average from 10 to 20 inches in length, but wild browns to 10 lbs are caught each season.

Although dry fly fishing is a staple on these waters, a typical day fishing on these waters may include nymphing or streamer fishing as fish adapt to changing water conditions and aquatic insect hatches. If you've never experienced a summer-time Sulphur hatch on the South Holston, you are missing one of the best dry fly experiences of your life!!

Regardless of the conditions though, your guide will work with you to find the best approach that fits your experience and your expectations. Their guides spend hundreds of days on the river each year and are happy to share with you all of the elements of technique necessary for catching trout and bass on their waters- regardless of your experience level. They are passionate about the sport and will do everything possible to make sure your time on the water is educational and enjoyable.

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 Mother's Day caddis hatch is an awesome phenomenon to witness...and fish.

As will all of these tailwaters, fishing is dictated by generation schedules set by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The Watauga is best when generation is at a minimum. Long runs and deep pools define the Watauga as an amazing stretch of trout water. We highly recommend the Watauga as an alternate if you would like to experience a different river during your stay at SHRL.

When looking for great lodging, fantastic fly fishing and professional guides....look no further than South Holson River Lodge in East Tennesee. Mad River Outfitters serves as a full booking agent for the lodge and can handle your reservations, questions and tackle requirements.

Join us on our store trip- May 31st- June 5th, 2015


Let us set you up with a trip around your own dates


These Trips are so easy! You get to the lodge with your fishing gear and we'll do the rest!

2016 MRO Trip- June 6th- 10th with host Ryan Ratliff

Private bookings available at any time

Indcluded in the Trips-

Lodging at the South Holston River Lodge, guided float/wade fishing each day, all meals including dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure, use of tackle and flies as needed, alcoholic beverages

Not Included in the Trips-

Transportation to and from your hometown to the lodge, gratiuties to staff and guides ($40-$100 per day)

You get to the lodge on the 1st day of the trip or your booking and plan to arrive sometime in late afternoon. Driving to the lodge is fairly easy from anywhere in the East but we can also arrange a pick-up at the Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) if you need to fly. Dinner will be served and an orientation will follow after with cocktails...which are included in the price of the trip.

You will then fish with guides for the duration of your stay, typically two anglers to a boat.

You will depart sometime after breakfast on the last day of booking....hopefully fished out!

A full tackle recommendation list and full trip information will be provided to you upon sign-up.

Please let us know if you have any questions whatsoever! We'll be happy to help!


June 6th- 10th, 2016

3 days fishing/4 nights lodging with all meals and beverages

$1895.00 per Angler and limted to 8 anglers (price includes all taxes)

Make Your Reservation

or give us a call at 614-451-0363

* Private Bookings available at any time


March 1st- October 31st

  • 2 days/3 nights= $1400.00 per angler
  • 3 days/4 nights= $1900.00 per angler
  • 4 days/5 nights= $2,400 per angler
  • 5 days/6 nights= $2,900.00 per angler

November 1st- February 28th

  • 2 days/3 nights= $1100.00 per angler
  • 3 days/4 nights= $1650.00 per angler
  • 4 days/5 nights= $2200.00 per angler
  • 5 days/6 nights= $2750.00 per angler

Mad River Outfitters serves as a full-service booking agent and outfitter for the South Holston River Lodge!

Let us put together a trip for you if you can't make one of our hosted trips!


Full booking agents and outfitters for the South Holston River Lodge!

Hosted Trips and Private Bookings!

"Perhaps the best trout fishing in the East......"- Lefty Kreh