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August 26th
Fishing is back! Yes, I have been hitting it hard the past few weekends and we are catching a lot of fish. The size of the fish really tends to vary depending on locations. There are many areas within the first 5 miles below the dam that you nearly get a hit on every cast. Seriously, that is no exaggeration! However, the size of the fish are much smaller, but we have still pulled out a fish every once in a while that is in the 18-20 inch range. Eggs are tearing them up in deeper water and lower light situations. As you know I always have a rod loaded with an egg regardless of the season. Another rig that has produced some very nice fish is my 1/80 ounce dubbed roach with a dropper and the dropper is usually a Blue Iron or a black zebra midge. This is a great rig when the sun gets high and some of the fish tend to shy away from the eggs. Yes, white wooly buggers are still working if that is your thing. All I have to say is don't neglect the timber. It tends to be a fish magnet in most areas. Openings: Nothing between now and the week of October 5th which is my fall break. There are still a few after that until mid November. Remember that it is best to text me at 502 432-5188 if you are wanting to book a trip.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


August 10th
I know, I know. It has been a long time since I have posted a report, but there really wasn't much to report. High water for over the past month has halted any attempts at fly fishing on the river. However, that changed this past weekend. The Corps has started holding back on releases. No, the water hasn't been turned off, but the fishing has really turned on. The water is super clear, clearer than I have seen it at any time this year. Even with one generator running I could see my egg pattern bumping the bottom in 6 feet of water. Yesterday a client and I caught a bunch of fish and I mean a bunch. Most of them were under 15 inches, but it is a start. Yes, we caught some in the slot, had a few pull off, and even had a bigger one bend and break a hook! I will be back at it again this weekend. Listen, if you want to get out this fall then I don't have much available. I believe that just about every weekend is booked between now and early November. Keep updated on my reports on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters and if you need to call then it is best to reach me via text on the cell at 502 432-5188.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


July 16th
I know that it has been quite a while since a report has been posted. Fishing was some of the best that I have seen since back in the good old days before the repairs on the dam. It was excellent to say the least until the rains arrived and then just stayed over us for what seemed like forever. Many of you have seen what the floods did to areas such as Johnson County. Well, we are far south of there, but just this past Monday there were certain areas within the Cumberland watershed that received over five inches of rain. Five inches on top of what fell during the weekend of the 4th and I thought that was bad. What does all of this mean to the angler? Most of you know that it means no fishing for a few weeks. I will keep everyone updated. Good news: I noticed back in late May that we were catching many 13-16 inch fish that appeared to be recently stocked. They had all of the tell tale signs of stockers but were much larger. Our trout biologist told me that I was correct and thousands of these fish had been put in the river. Several of these fish are already in the slot which is great, which means they are protected. These fish have added to the quality of fishing, but they have been just a drop in the bucket. We have landed thousands of fish in the slot since mid May and that is no lie! Certain areas have been producing a handful or more of 20" plus browns and rainbows since that time. Back when generation schedules were later in the day we would pound certain shoal areas and sometimes the catching got better on the next drift. Crazy! Last year we landed several 18-20" brookies, but that hasn't been the case this year. Those fish were caught nymphing in very deep water and we have not been doing as much of that type of fishing this year due to the off colored water. Most of the fish that we have caught have been in 3-6 ft of water and it just seems like the brookies prefer some of the deeper stretches. Due to many cancellations, a lot of trips have been pushed back into September and October. If you are looking into booking a late summer/early fall trip then ya better do it soon. My fall break is from October 5th-9th and the boss just gave me permission to fish that week. First come, first serve. As always call or text me on my cell at 502 432-5188 and I will make sure to post updates on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


June 23rd
Yes, we are still catching fish, a lot of fish. Like always, the number one factor is how much water the Corps is releasing. I don't care if it is 95 degrees, which it almost was yesterday, the fish don't care. The water is right at 50 degrees and there is still some decent caddis action depending on where you are on the river. Sorry, but I won't give the specifics of where I have been fishing lately. It isn't because I am worried about too many people hitting that area. The reason is because it changes daily depending on releases and the water clarity. Some days I put in at Helms while others at Winfrey's. I could fish a week straight and it could be a bit different each day. Yes, eggs are still slamming them like they always do. No big surprise there huh. However the colors that they want can change from day to day. Florescent peach and salmon color have been the most consistent. Rainbow warriors dropped below one of my brown dubbed jigs have produced some very nice fish in areas where the water is a bit clearer. July dates are still available. Don't forget to check out my page of Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters and remember, it is always best to contact me via text on my cell at 502 432-5188.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


June18th
Fishing, I mean catching has been great. Weekend flows are by far the best, but you can get a full day in by staying with or slightly ahead of the release. Yes, this is where an outboard definitely has its advantages. Egg patterns are still catching a lot of fish, but if you hit it right there are some caddis hatches from late morning on. Size 14 or 16 gray elk hair will work. This years hatch is much later than normal, like a month later. I saw evidence of the hatch a couple of weeks ago between Big Willis and Crocus and we did well if the water wasn't too high. The river is clearing, but it has been slow. I know, a lot of people have complained about not being able to use pheasant tails or zebra midges because of the off color water and that is why I have been staying with the egg patterns. Those who know me know that I always have an egg rigged are ready to go regardless of the season. It produces fish and some big fish. Just look at my Facebook page and view the larger bows. Almost all of them have been caught on eggs. I typically start both clients with different colors and then switch to the one that is producing the most fish. Some days color does not matter, but other days they really can get picky. The key as always is the drift. I get people who buy eggs from me and then reply saying that they could only manage to land a few. Well, you gotta be able to put together a drift that is unlike a typical dead drift that is used to fish nymph patterns. It is amazing at how many fish you can hook into once you have mastered the mend, lift, and drift. There aren't any June days available and the pickings in July are really getting slim. I like to average 20 days per month during June and July and those days are almost maxed out. Remember, it is best to contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188. Texting is by far the best because I am usually on the river. Don't forget to see daily reports and pics from trips on my Facebook page at DoubleDOutfitters.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


June 11th
Just got home after guiding 7 straight days. Yes, I know that I am crazy. Had a great time and we caught a lot of fish, especially in the late mornings and into the afternoon. Please check my Facebook page at DoubleDOutfitters. I give daily updates and pics of each trip. Also, if you are interested in booking a trip from late July on then do it now! It is best to contact me at 502 432-5188. I HAVE AN OPENING THIS SATURDAY THE 13TH!!! CALL IF YOU WANT IT.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


June 1st

June!  Yes!  However, I am still in school.  We endured two major snow storms this past winter that added about two more weeks to our school year.  Yep, we are paying for it. Back in April it looked like we wouldn't get to fish the river until June.  However, mother nature threw us a bone and the rains held off.  As a result I have been able to guide the last three weekends and it has been out of this world.  The water is still off color, but it is slowly and I mean slowly clearning.  How does this affect the fishing?  Well, it is both good and bad. It is tougher for the fish to see your offering, especially if you like throwing the smaller stuff like zebra midges and pheasant tails.  It is also much tougher to sight fish.  Lately we have been fishing ledges and drop offs where there is a bedrock bottom followed by a scored out gravel hole.  It is tougher to pick out the hole, especially for the novice anglers, but man those fish are stacked in there big time.  The good news is that the fish can't see the boat as easily.  You don't have to make a 60 foot cast to catch fish and that is very nice for my newbies.  Egg patterns are pretty much my meat and potatoes go to fly.  I know, what is new there Dave?  Hey, if it isn't broken then don't mess with it!!!  If I have two anglers then I almost always start with two different colors such as peach and salmon.  Sometimes they prefer one color over another.  Brighter colors tend to work better on cloudy days, but that hasn't always been the case.  Cast, drift, mend, lift, drop and bam!!!

There are 3-4 days still open in late June, but I had a handful of calls that I need to respond to so there might not be much left after this evening.  I was saying that July was wide open, but I booked five trips last week so it won't be too long until both months are full.  If you want to go then you need to get on it soon.  Remember contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188.  Texting is the best for me.  You can always go to my Facebook page at DoubleDOutfitters to see daily updated reports and pictures.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


May 25th
I guided the last three days and I would have to honestly say that it is as good as I have seen it in years. Don't get me wrong, last year was pretty good too, but these last three days were something else. I covered a lot and I mean a lot of water, but it was well worth the quality and numbers. I think the biggest fish was a 5 pound rainbow that was landed by Dr. Cheney on Saturday. Huge fish. Check it out on my Facebook page at DoubleDOutfitters. And Chris, thanks for using your truck on Saturday. The jeep is back in action. All I can say is that egg patterns rule the river right now. Yes, I am sure that streamers and larger nymphs would do just fine in certain areas, but there has to be something said for a fly/jig that can produce so many fish. Peach and salmon color with the red embryo dot are doing the best. Yesterday I took out a return client Dave Rowe and his son in law Jake and they too hammered 'em throughout the day. This was Jake's first time fishing and he probably boated 30-40 fish. Not too shabby for a first timer. Today I took out Doug Carter and his son Christian and they too caught more than you could keep track of. Doug commented that he has fished out west and in Alaska and he couldn't think of a day in which he caught so many fish and so many quality fish. There are still some dates open during the last week of June. My bet is that they will be gone once people start reading this post. Notice: My cell phone is acting up and I have to take it in tomorrow to have it checked out. Leave a message on my home phone if you are wanting to book a trip. The number is 502 538-8919.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


May 20th

I know.  I said that I wouldn't post a new report until next week, but I did a trip yesterday and just had to talk about it.  It was by far the best trip that I was able to put together this year in terms of quality.  We landed more fish in the slot than I could keep track of and that is fantastic.  With this wacky water release schedule I tried covering some new water and I think it is fair to say that I will be back in those areas this holiday weekend.  The highlight of the trip is when I was pulling in a small brookie and a 30 inch class brown engulfed it.  The fight was on!  Eventually the 5x broke, but boy was that exciting.  You might be asking, why is the guide fishing.  Every once in a while I take out return clients on a single trip and they want me to fish.  Can't turn down those opportunities.

This summer I will be updating reports daily on my Facebook page at DoubleDOutfitters.  I will try to include pictures and videos of trips to give people a visual of what is going on and just how good the fishing can be.  There are still some late June openings available, but they are just about all taken.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Monday, May 18th

I really don't know why the Corps has to start running water at 5 or 6 in the morning, but that is what they did this past weekend.  If there is any good news then it is that they ran only one generator until the afternoon which led to some good fishing.  Just plain weird, but you just never know with the Corps.

Saturday was good, really good.  I took out Chris and his buddy Mike from the Lexington area.  We put in at Helms just as the water was rising so I motored down to the powerlines and began fishing ahead of the rising water.  We did this until right after noon, fishing with weighted egg patterns, bouncing the bottom and catching a bunch and I mean a bunch of trout that were in the 14-17 inch range.  Super fat healthy trout.  There were a few areas in which we had a strike or caught a fish on nearly every cast which is a guide's dream.  By about 2 in the afternoon Chris started throwing some cone headed buggers and began pulling browns off of the bank, nothing over 17 inches but a bunch of fat fish.  Thanks guys!!

Yesterday they began releasing water earlier than Saturday so the game plan was to stay within a couple miles of Helms.  Looking back on it I should have gone downstream like the previous day, but with water rising even earlier I fished the upper part.  We had to work to catch the fish, but Anna and her grandson Hunter were able to land quite a few fish.  Not the quality of the previous day, but it was still a decent day.

There are still a few open dates in late June and many are still available throughout July.  The water is starting to clear up and the temps are still in the 47-49 degree range.  When it bumps to over 50 then the caddis should wake up and begin emerging.  I will be back at it this next weekend so no reports until next Monday.  Remember, it is best to contact me via texting at 502 432-5188.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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