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Friday, March 27

There is good news and there is bad news.  What do you want to hear first?  Ok, it really isn't all that bad so let's look at the situation as a glass half full.  Water, water, water!  Way too much water, but what do you expect when you have a couple of snowstorms that dump over two feet of snow and then it is followed up by torrential rains?  The Corps has reacted by dumping and I mean dumping massive amounts of water through the dam. Right now as I type this they are releasing 29,000 cfs!  The result is that the lake is now dropping nearly a foot a day, not quite but very close to it.  What does that mean to the fly fishing world that is just salivating at the chance to get out and land some trout?  Well, at this rate the river might be fishable by mid April.  I know that is a big maybe, but ya gotta have faith.  Typically the Corps will run it hard until the lake levels get close to the top of the SEPA curve on the yearly graph.  If we don't get any torrential rains and they keep running it at the current rate then it is possible that we might be able to wet a line in April.  I know, fingers crossed and everything else.

If you are interested in booking a trip during the summer then I would advise you to do it soon.  A lot of people have contacted me about fishing in April and May and that is always iffy with the water releases, but by June it is usually stable and safe to plan on a trip.  What I have done for April through mid May is built up a list of clients that want me to call them ASAP when it is fishable.  If you want to be added to that list then please contact me at 502 432-5188.  This is my cell and it is honestly best to text than call.  If you want to talk then give me a ring after 5PM or just leave a message.  Yes, I am tired of tying flies!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


March 9th

Uh, no fishing.  You are probably saying to yourself duh Dave if you live in the region.  We have endured two snow storms over the past three weeks and a lot of rain.  Folks it is going to be a while, like a month while until we can get out and do some fly fishing.

Please call or text me at 502 432-5188 if you are interested in scheduling a trip.  Believe it or not, but May and June dates are filling up and people will really start nabbing them when it warms up.  My policy as always is if it is good we go.  If the water or weather is terrible then we will reschedule.  Take care and I guess I will keep on tying flies.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


February 27th

Sorry, but no real reports.  I haven't been out in the last couple of weeks due to snow and cold.  If you are trying to contact me then please do so by calling or texting at 502 432-5188.  You call also follow me on Facebook by searching Double D Outfitters.

 

Pros and Cons of this cold weather:  Lots and lots of shad should be dying on the lake due to this past three weeks of extremely cold weather.  So what is so great about that?  Well, they get sucked through the turbines and the trout gorge on them big time.  Last year we had a colder January than this year and you could see alewives everywhere in the first few miles below the dam while power was being generated.  Some of the rainbows that we landed have been a bit on the thin side and this will fatten them up.  Another pro is that we should have plenty of cold water this summer and early fall.  The downside is that with all of the snow and rain they are running water 24/7.  This will continue until the levels are down to normal and that shouldn't be long unless we receive a lot of rain, like we did last weekend.

Hang in there and check out my pictures and videos on Facebook.  I guess I can tye another 100 or more flies this weekend.

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Monday, February 9th

If you are needing to schedule a trip then please contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188.  I have gone through so many internet providers that my e-mail keeps changing.  You can always check out my Facebook page at Double D Outfitters for updates, pictures, and videos.

I guided on Saturday and the fishing was decent.  Lots of small rainbows, but we did land a handful of browns that were 17-18 inches long.  On Facebook there is a video of my guy landing a fish right before we called it a day.  I am notorious for not taking pics and updating them so Facebook seems to be the way to go.  Heck, even a person technologically impaired such as myself can post stuff.  Towards the end of the day we went to a salmon colored egg pattern instead of the peach and it caught some of the larger fish.  Guess I should have tried it out earlier.  The biggest problem was that the Corps ran a lot of water in the morning and it took quite a while for it to drop.  The best fishing was from 3-6 while the water dropped.  It was nearly 60 degrees but the winds prevented much of a midge hatch from happening in the late day.  A few weeks ago the fish really turned on with the late afternoon midge hatch and honestly there are times when it doesn't even matter what you are offering them as long as you get a decent drift.

I will be back out on the water this Saturday and the weather looks colder much colder than the 60 degree temps this past Saturday. 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


February 5th

Remember to contact me via Facebook at Double D Outfitters or contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188 if you are interested in booking a trip.

This Saturday is open.  Just found out.  First come first serve and the water and weather look great!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


January 25th
Go to Double D Outfitters on Facebook for updates and pictures. If you are trying to book a trip then please call/text me at 502 432-5188. Sorry, but there isn't a fishing report this weekend because the TVA was releasing too much water. It snowed a few inches, but it warmed up nicely on Saturday. Just too much water. Hopefully I will be able to get out next Saturday and post a report next Sunday. I guess it is back to the bench to tying.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters





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January 18th
If you are interested in booking a trip then please text/call me on my cell at 502 432-5188. For updated fishing reports and pictures please go to Double D Outfitters on Facebook. Guided yesterday and we slayed 'em big time. Tons of fish, but most of them were on the small side. I took out a father son duo and boy was it cold. 23 degrees to be precise at Helm's. I wanted to take them downstream from Helms, which we did, but by late afternoon the winds were like 20 miles an hour or better. Heck, I even got out of the boat in a couple of areas and waded them through some stretches while they fished in the boat. The biggest fish was a bow that was nearly 20 inches long. Only landed a couple of browns and the biggest was a 16 incher. Not a bad day for mid January. Like I said earlier, it is best to contact me by the number or on Facebook. I have gone through so many different e-mails in the last year that this is by far the best way to contact me. Better yet, I will put updated pics and stories on Facebook and I know that will please many.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


January 2nd
As always, please text me 502 432-5188 if you have any questions in regard to my guiding service. Happy New Year! Yes, last year was a very good year for the Cumberland. Our girl started fishing like she used to once the repairs on the dam were completed. Oh, it doesn't hurt when Fish and Wildlife stocked a bunch of slot bows in the fall of 2013! We really appreciated that gift. The river fished pretty good until we got into early November when we received a lot of rain and well, you know the rest of the story. Today I took a trip down to the river. I needed to do some maintenance on the boat and drive the old Jeep around for a while. I drove up to the dam to check out the progress on the "new stream" below the hatchery. If you aren't aware of it, they are rerouting the hatchery creek and it looks super cool. It basically runs parallel to the river for a mile and will dump into the river just upstream from Ray Man rd. This will provide an area for our large bows and browns to spawn during the fall. In years past big bows and browns could be found in the rough water below the hatchery outlet to the river. Believe me, I have landed and lost a lot of big fish in there over the years and broke a couple of rods on some monsters. By mid winter most of the fish would move back into the river. It will be interesting to see if this new stream will hold larger fish or will they head back into the river. I hear that it will be a catch and release/flies and lures only area. AWESOME!!! I didn't get a chance to get the boat out. Tough to do much of anything when they are running water at the 20,000 cfs mark. The water was very clear for this time of the year, but that might change according to the forecast. We are supposed to get 1-2 inches of rain tomorrow. And what do you know, the lake was getting almost to the mark where they would start holding back on releases. Honestly, we need a super cold snap. Cold temps typically mean less precip and we need less precip! Tired of tying flies and ready to fish! Many of my regulars have contacted me and asked to call them as soon as the river is fishable. Once it gets good then you know I will be out there and will provide a fishing report. Until then, take care and stay warm.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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