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.
South Holston River Lodge is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Tennessee just east of the Smoky Mountains and offers some of the best fly-fishing that you will find anywhere in our country. We at South Holston River Lodge strive to make your next fly fishing vacation a fantastic experience. This is made possible by combining blue ribbon tailwaters, knowledgeable guides, outstanding meals, luxury riverside accommodations and an SHRL team member that will meet your every need. Remember, the most important aspect of fly-fishing is having fun. We ask that you trust us with your free time and please brace yourself for an unbelievably outstanding fly-fishing experience.
Meet The Staff
Born and raised in Minnesota, Tony has transitioned his life to the southeast and not looked back. 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. A graduate of The University of Minnesota, Tony holds an accounting degree and his knowledge is well beyond his years. After a 5 season career as an Alaskan Fishing Guide he joined longtime friend Jon Hooper at SHRL to complete a perfect fit for a successful business. When it comes to repairing an engine or getting a trout to eat Tony can accomplish the task.
Head Fly-fishing Guide, Assistant General Manager
A native of upstate New York, Jon has been fishing and hunting since he was a youngster and takes no greater pleasure than helping others succeed on the water. Graduate of Sweetwater Guide School in Montana Jon found his true niche in life on the vice creating and tying flies as well as on the oars of his drift boat. He has guided from Alaska to New York but after 20 years in the Southeast he states with pride, "I was born in the north but my heart is in the south". With a hospitality background he truly knows the meaning of exceptional customer service and makes everyone's stay at the lodge a fantastic and memorable experience. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned angler he loves to share his knowledge and the beauty of the South Holston and Watauga rivers with you.
Holly was born and raised in the tri-cities and has been with the lodge since the beginning of the 2014 season. She manages all of the other hospitality staff and makes sure our breakfast program goes off without a hitch. She has a nitch for making sure no guests needs goes unnoticed and her southern charm and contagious smile hard to forget. When shes not working she is spending time with her husband and three boys.
Lynne is also a local of Eastern Tennessee having held a variety of jobs. She is a true workhorse and will sign up for any job on the property. She can accomplish any task and is our other breakfast cook. Lynne helps in making sure your cabins are spotless when you get back from your day on the river and does all of the landscaping and gardening on the property. In the winter months she steps back from the lodge to referee Womens college basketball.
Grounds Crew & Fishing Guide
Andrew is an outdoorsman through and through. His entire family is still here in the Eastern Tennessee and Southwest Virginia area where he was born and raised. Being an avid fisherman and hunter Andrew knew that he needed a change from the restaurant industry. 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. When he is not fishing you will find Andrew calling in turkeys or spending time with his daughter.
Dakota grew up in northern Virginia and learned at a young age that the culinary world was where he wanted to be. After graduating high school Dakota attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary arts in Scottsdale, AZ. After getting an education in Arizona he came back to the east to start his career with a few jobs managing kitchens in the tri-cities. Dakota has a true homemade attitude with a farm to table mentality with everything down to our cesar dressing being made in house. When he is not working at the lodge you will find him on the slopes of Beech Mountain where he is the executive chef at there restaurant in the winter months.
Marketing and Web Design
Gina grew up in Minnesota along with her brother and General Manager Tony. After graduating from Winona University in Minnesota with a degree in mass marketing and studio art she held a job at an ad agency in the twin cities. Looking for a change of pace and 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 and website. When shes not working you can find Gina playing guitar at one of the local bars in the twin cities.
Fly Fishing has been a source of enjoyment for me for many years. 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.
South Holston River Lodge | 1509 Bullock Hollow Road | Bristol, TN 37620