phone 877.767.7875
Welcome to South Holston River Lodge

Year round fly fishing located right on the South Holston River in Eastern Tennessee.
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With 7,000-10,000 fish per mile we host some of the best naturally reproducing brown trout fly fishing east of the Smoky Mountains. Keep an eye out for our South Holston Fishing report updated daily on the left. This fishing report also includes updates on other fisheries in the area including the Watauga river.


Our four stand-alone cabins on the property are by no means "ruffing-it". All of our cabins feature full kitchens with everything you would have in your own home. Propane grills are also available for outdoor cooking. The cabins are also equipped with a refrigerator and freezer for your groceries. We do ask that when you check out of your cabin you take any unused food or beverages with you.


At South Holston River Lodge we take our food just as seriously as we take our fishing. We may not always have control over the weather conditions and fishing, but your meals and accommodations we do our best to make it perfect every time. We have a full time executive chef and breakfast cook on staff 8 months a year, March-October along with 6 other hospitality employees to make sure you are always getting the best customer service we can provide

South Holston River Lodge was founded in 2007 when Attorney Will Andersen purchased the 2 acre property along with his father Bill. They both realized immediately that this was a natural resource that everyone should enjoy and began taking steps to insure that this was possible. That first step was bringing in part owners and operators Jon Hooper and Tony Marcucci. It now ranks among the best fly-fishing destinations in the country.

South Holston River Lodge is a year round fly fishing lodge located on the seventh mile of the South Holston, a 14.6 mile tailwater. The river hosts 7,000 to 10,000 trout per mile and is best known for year round dry fly-fishing opportunities and our spectacular summer Sulphur and winter Blue Wing Olive hatch. South Holston River Lodge specializes in all inclusive fly-fishing packages, giving you the best experience possible for your next fly-fishing vacation.

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    Born and raised Minnesotan. Tony made his way to Eastern Tennessee to join his long time friend Jon Hooper. He is just as comfortable running a week long canoe trip through the boundary waters as he is working the books in the office as the General Manager of SHRL.


    General Manager

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    A native of upstate New York, Jon has been fishing & hunting since he was a youngster. With hospitality background he knows the meaning of exceptional customer service & makes everyone's stay at the lodge a memorable experience. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned angler he'll share his knowledge & the beauty of the South Holston & Watauga rivers.


    Head FIshing Guide

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    Lynne is also a local of Eastern Tennessee having held a variety of jobs. She is a true workhorse & will sign up for any job on the property. She can accomplish any task & is our other breakfast cook. Lynne helps in making sure your cabins are spotless when you get back from your day on the river & does all of the landscaping & gardening on the property.


    Hospitality Manger

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    Andrew's entire family is here in the Eastern Tennessee and Southwest Virginia area where he was born and raised. In 2016 Andrew started at the lodge maintaining the property and learning the ins and out of what it takes to be a fishing guide. He is a natural when it comes to trout fishing and is now a full-time guide for the lodge.


    Grounds Crew & Fishing Guide

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    Gina grew up in Minnesota along with her brother & General Manager Tony. She graduated from Winona State with a degree in Mass Marketing & Studio Art. Looking for a change of pace & some more real world experience she got in touch with her brother to come work a season at the lodge in 2016. She now heads up all of the design for our marketing materials & website.


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    Thomas grew up in Abingdon VA, just up the road from the South Holston. A graduate of the Southeast Culinary and Hospitality college Thomas has brought a great new edge to our culinary program. With a largely homemade philosophy, all of our plates being made from scratch in house, he will not let you leave without a meal you will never forget!


    Executive Chef

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    "In 2007 we purchased the property where we could enjoy time relaxing and hone our skills on some of the best fly-fishing waters in the country. I enjoyed this natural resource so much and knew others would as well, and that's how the South Holston River Lodge was born. I hope you enjoy our little piece of heaven."


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    What separates our cabin rentals from our other services is that you are entirely on your own. If you feel confident in your fishing and do not mind preparing your own meals this is the service for [...]

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    Our All-Inclusive fly fishing packages offer the best in riverside accommodations and hospitality. Here at South Holston River Lodge we take your free time very seriously and do everything we can to make [...]

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    A great aspect of fishing a tailwater is that you can fish year round. The South Holston and Watauga rivers east of the Smoky Mountains both offer excellent winter fishing as [...]

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    Located right on the river, the South Holston River Lodge offers beautiful scenery and accommodations for your next big event. A dining area for dinner parties or head out [...]

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If you are interested in a cabin rental, give us a call at 877.767.7875 or shoot us an email at

You can find us on 1509 Bullock Hollow Road,  Bristol, TN 37620

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or drop a message any time!

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"The accomodations are wonderful, the river exceptional. Thank you for all of your efforts to make our weekend of fly fishing fantastic. All of the veterans and active duty personnel were thoroughly impressed and want to return soon. Your willingness to work and support project healing waters and those who served is greatly appreciated. I personally want to thank you for your efforts to accomodate our program of fly fishers in friendship and fidelity. Best regards."
"The South Holston River Lodge is extrodinary on so many levels. The view of the river was so mesmorizing that I allowed myself to be checkmated by an inferior chess player. What other fishing Lodge has such a rare collection of fly fishing books. The food was remarkable, Most notable However, was the kind and thoughtful service of the staff that seemed to anticipate every wish and desire. This is a special place..."

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