If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
--Tom Brokaw (b.1940) Journalist and Author
Above: Fly fishing at the Weir Dam on the Holston River near Bristol, TN. The Weir Dam is a great place to visit, even if you aren't into high church or low church fishing. There's a beautiful mile-long walking path around Osceloa Island. In the photo above there's little water moving through the dam. But when the TVA is generating electricity at the South Holston Dam a mile upstream, the weir dam really puts on a spectacular show. Click here to see a video and read more about this area. Before you go, I definitely recommend checking out the TVA website, which lists the schedule for releases from the South Holston Dam each day.
Directions: From the intersection of routes 394 and 421 south of Bristol, continue 2.9 miles south on 421 (toward Shady Valley). Turn right at Shelley's Chicken House onto Emmett Road/Holston View Dam Road. Continue for 1.6 miles to the recreation area on your left. (Continue on from this point 2 miles to the top of the South Holston Dam).
[Sorry for the sporadic posts this week -- my internet connection has been giving me fits. I hope things will get cleared up next week!]