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September 1st

No fishing this past week or weekend.  My kids had a soccer tourney in Indy and that was on the plate.  Trying to still understand this game: Put ball in net and don't use hands.  What is this offsides stuff?  Grrr.  It isn't my kind of football, but I sure do enjoy watching the kids play.

I will be back at it next weekend on Sunday.  I do not have any openings from now to mid November.  Sorry, anything that was available has been taken and there are just only so many days that I can put in.  I might have a Wednesday open during the second Wednesday of October which is our fall break.  I do have the day before and after Thanksgiving open if anyone wants it.  December is pretty much open too and we all know that will all depend on water releases.  Typically we start getting some good rains in November and if it is too much then the Corps will begin to run more water.  It could be some great late fall early winter fishing so reserve them before they are gone!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


September 1st

No fishing this past week or weekend.  My kids had a soccer tourney in Indy and that was on the plate.  Trying to still understand this game: Put ball in net and don't use hands.  What is this offsides stuff?  Grrr.  It isn't my kind of football, but I sure do enjoy watching the kids play.

I will be back at it next weekend on Sunday.  I do not have any openings from now to mid November.  Sorry, anything that was available has been taken and there are just only so many days that I can put in.  I might have a Wednesday open during the second Wednesday of October which is our fall break.  I do have the day before and after Thanksgiving open if anyone wants it.  December is pretty much open too and we all know that will all depend on water releases.  Typically we start getting some good rains in November and if it is too much then the Corps will begin to run more water.  It could be some great late fall early winter fishing so reserve them before they are gone!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


August 24th

As always, text me at 502 432-5188 or leave a message on my home phone at 502 538-8919 if interested in getting out on the river.

I learned something new yesterday: reba.  What is reba you might ask?  Well, it is Russian for the word fish.  I had the pleasure of taking out some newbies yesterday who just happened to be from Russia.  Alex and his son Leon decided to come on down and try their luck on the Cumberland.  We used egg patterns and caught fish here and there throughout the day.  We didn't wear them out, but the fish cooperated enough to keep their attention.  Alex lost a big one early on upstream from Helms and Leon caught the biggest one which was an 18 inch rainbow.  Not bad for a guy who never fished with a fly rod.  I know that we could have caught a lot more on zebras and nymphs, but the guys were having a tougher time getting a good drift with the nymph rigs so we just kept on eggin' it.

I know that November the 2nd is open and honestly, that might be it until deer season.  I might have a day in September and a wednesday in mid October open, but they are still up in the air.  My bet is that by Thanksgiving weekend I will be back to guiding.  Speaking of late fall and early winter fishing, those who have fished with me know how fond I am of that time of the year.  I have honestly had some of the best fishing of the year between mid November and New Years.  This might be the first year in a long time in which we don't have tons of water.  No hurricanes or tropical storms please!!!  About a dozen years ago I can remember getting slammed by a winter storm and catching fish on nearly every cast.  Had a heck of a time driving back in 5 inches of snow, but it was worth it!  Gotta tie up some hoppers.  The fish are starting to look up.

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


August 18th

As always, text me at 502 432-5188 if interested in booking a trip.  Speaking of booking a trip, there are probably 2-3 openings between now and early November. 

Guided this past Saturday and Sunday and did well.  Each year I donate a couple of trips to Casting for Recovery through Dr. Anna Perry and Glenn Gorton was one of the winners.  With that being said, I took out Glenn and his son Kevin for a two day trip.  Both days could be rated as good as far as fish and numbers.  The guys caught a lot of fish early on, but most were on the small side. So we decided to cover some water and hit some of the areas that have been producing the larger fish.  We caught some bigger fish downstream from Helms.  Vague?  Yes, I know.  The biggest was a 20 inch bow landed on Sunday by Glenn, but Kevin caught a shorter fish on Saturday that looked like it had a softball stuffed down into its belly! We were lucky to dodge some of the storms.  Rockhouse has saved me more than once this year and Sunday was no exception.  It looked like we were going to get hammered so we took a break, ate some lunch, and got out of the rain.  Right after eating the rain stopped and we went up about a quarter of a mile and bam, Glenn caught an 18 incher on the first cast!  Not a bad dessert.  Thanks for a great time guys and I bet that they will be back for more in the future.

Same patterns are working.  However, you might want to have a blue wing olive in a size 18 ready from late morning on.  The trout were slamming them in certain areas, but we weren't able to connect on top so we just stuck to nymphing.  It is tough to stop fishing different patterns that produce 20 inch fish on nearly every trip.  Like I said in the intro, not many available dates left and I got a couple of return clients that will most likely nab 'em in a few.  If you are going to be out this weekend then bring lots of liquids for it looks to be a scorcher! 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


August 11th

Remember that it is best to call my home phone or text at 502 432-5188 when trying to contact me.

It is Monday morning.  I am trying to get a lift in, write a report, and get ready for school.  Nothing like running around like crazy in the DeBold house.  What about fishing?  Yes, it was another solid weekend.  Fished both days and did well on both days, especially on Sunday.  On Saturday I took out Chris C. and his buddy Doug.  The two largest fish were right at that 20 inch mark:  One was a bow and the other a brown.  Peach colored eggs did the best, but the jig/blue iron dropper connected quite a few times as well.  Nice trip and we were able to avoid the rain which was a plus. On Sunday I had three people, which I usually don't do, but every once in a while I make an exception.  I took out Clark and his wife Denise from Nashville.  Denise is from Brazil and her brother Jaime was visiting from there and was wanting to catch some fish.  And catch they did.  Lots of fish, lots of different sizes.  Denise had the largest, which was a bow that was just shy of 22 inches.  I rigged up all three with light spin gear throwing eggs under a larger indicator.  It worked well, very well.  During the afternoon Clark wanted to fly fish and I had a jig/dropper with a Blue Iron and he caught some nice fish on it during the afternoon.  Actually, the largest fish that was hooked was by Clark, a huge brown that wouldn't come up.  I saw the yellow flash and no it wasn't a carp or buffalo!  Two footer and it just pulled off!  Dang!!!

I might have a Saturday opening in September, but don't quite know yet.  Trying to iron out the family calendar and it is chock full of activities and chaos! 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


August 3rd

Remember text me at 502 432-5188 if you are interested in booking a trip.  You can still contact me at my home phone, 502 538-8919.

I've been out on the water a couple of times since the last report and had good to great success each time.  Like I said in earlier reports, there are two major factors to success:  skill and water releases.  I am still covering a lot of water on each trip, nearly 10 miles from Helm's to just upstream from Winfrey's, but I gotta do it in order to get in a full day.  Some days they have released water as early as 9 Eastern, while others it isn't until Noon which is a gift from the almighty Corps.  Speaking of the Corps, I wrote both of our Senators, complaining about sporadic water releases and how it affects fishing and the economy.  Rand Paul didn't return my e-mail.  He only sends me updates about what he has to say about different topics which I could care less about.  On the other hand, Mitch McConnell's office tried to call the house twice (I was fishing) and sent a letter stating that he had been in contact with the Nashville office and is looking into the issue. 

On the most recent trip I had John and his son Jay from Louisville.  This was Jay's first time out on the river, but dad had been working with him and it paid off big time.  It wasn't the best in terms of water releases this past Friday, but they generated one for three hours until bumping it up.  That is much better, for it allows for a gradual rise, not a Biblical flood!  Both caught a lot of fish, dad catching a few twenty inchers and Jay catching a 15 inch brookie that hadn't missed too many meals.  Great day!!!

What is working:  Salmon Egg colored and peach egg patterns early on and later as the water is rising.  Size 16 Blue Iron dropped below a dubbed 1/80 oz jig in either olive or brown is killin' 'em in certain areas.  Make sure you have some Zebra midges as well.  Hoppers?  Not yet, but it should be on within the next couple of weeks.  I will most likely rig up a rod with one for the next two trips next weekend.

Availability:  Not much of anything for the next two months.  I have a couple and I need to check on that with my wife.  She hasn't looked at my calendar for the next two months and it might get ugly.  But I took her out to a nice restaurant the other night after fishing and we went to look at new automobiles so that is worth something isn't it? 

Well, school starts on Wednesday, really Monday for teachers and it is time to get back into the real world.  The fishing this summer has been fantastic and I would like to thank everyone for the business.  If you are interested in open dates from now through November then act fast. 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


July 28th

Remember:  Text me at 502 432-5188 if you want to talk fishing.  I will be getting a new internet provider in a few days and will no longer be receiving e-mails via clicking the contact box on the site.  Yes, I know, I need to update my site.

Five days in a row of good to excellent fishing.  The only drawback was today.  I had to cancel today's trip due to all of the storms from yesterday.  Speaking of yesterday we endured a tornado warning while on the water.  Now you want to talk about some erie skies?  Good Lord were they spooky or what.  We were drifting right upstream from Snow Island when the tornado sirens throughout the valley went on.  I text one of my buddies and he said that there was rotation near Creelsboro.  Yikes!  Well, it passed and we kept fishing and catching.  I don't know about you all, but the catching element of fishing is the most enjoyable and we caught a bunch of fish of all sizes over the past several trips.

You all know how I like to use eggs so yes, we used eggs at times and caught some over 20 inches.  I love hearing from the naysayers about how you can't catch a big fish on a junk fly like that.  Yep, that is why we have landed some this year over 6 pounds on eggs!  My roach pattern with a size 16 Blue Iron is another combination that we use throughout the day and then you always have to have a zebra pattern when the skies are bright and the fish are skittish.  Get those hoppers ready!  Customers have started to notice fish rising to their indicators.  No big ones, but hopper time will soon be here.  The other day I walked along the bank to see what size/color the hoppers are right now.  Most are very small, but the colors vary from lime green to a slate gray.  Better tie up some hoppers!

Guys and gals, it has been a pleasure taking out so many unique people this summer.  I know it isn't over yet, but school starts for me in one more week.  I have a couple of trips later on this week, but the weekday trips are over.  Dang, it was fun.  There still are a few and I mean very few opportunities to book a trip with me until October.  If you want to go then please don't wait.  My client base is increasing more this year than any other year on the water and for that I am very grateful.  Thank you so much!!!

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


July 21st

Remember, text me at 502 432-5188 if you have any questions about fishing the Cumberland or booking a trip.  I will get back with you later that day once I get off the water.  It is a lot easier for me to check texts than checking e-mails and we might be getting a new internet/phone provider.

Haven't fished since the last report, but I have a week of solid fishing coming up.  It is almost hopper time.  How do you know when it is time to fish a hopper?  Well, if the fish come up and hammer your indicator then it is best to have a hopper rigged and ready to go.  I know some fish a dropper below it and I do too, but smack it along the bank or structure, let it drift for no more than ten seconds, then do it again.  Honestly, the largest fish any client has ever hooked with me was on a hopper a couple of years ago.  Higher flows are better for hopper fishing, not all, but most of the time.

I will not have many openings left this fall.  I accepted a new teaching position at a middle school and my kids play a lot and I mean a lot of soccer. If you are remotely interested in a fall trip then now is the time to seriously think about booking one.  The wife and I need to sit down and look over the calendar.  Then I will post any remaining dates from August through December.  Gotta go make some more flies!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


July 16th

Remember to text me at 502 432-5188 if you are trying to book a trip.  I will get back with you by 7 PM that day.

Just got home after guiding seven days straight.  Yep, seven days and I am bushed.  Every day varied due to the generation schedule and the skill of the anglers.  Some days were better than others, but we always caught some fish.  The biggest was landed by a retired jockey named Jack.  He spin fished and I rigged him up with a 1/80 dubbed jig with a Blue Iron dropper.  The fish would have weighed about 6 pounds!  We took a few pics and let her go.  Other days we found fish just stacked up in some deeper water and just hammered them.  Went back to the same area the next day and didn't do half as good.  That is fishing.  What is working?  Eggs early or in deeper/fast water.  Blue irons and zebras below the dubbed jig are catching a lot of fish.  I haven't experimented with scuds yet, but that will most likely happen next week.  I am going to take a few days off then I got something like six days in a row next week.  Gotta get them in before school starts up.

Today I saw our fishery biologist Dave Dreves shocking fish on the Cumberland.  On our way up I saw some of his helpers holding up a 40 pound striper!!!  This cold water has prevented a lot of the fish working upstream and that is a good thing.  Every single striper except one that I have cleaned over the years had a a few trout in their bellies.  Eagles, herons, osprey, stripers, walleye, otters, and humans and I probably left out some others.  That is why we should keep enough for a dinner and not enough to feed our home town.

Still have some fall days open, but they too getting nabbed up.  Get them before they are gone!

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


July 8th

Remember, text me at 502 432-5188 if you have any questions about booking a trip.  Here are the dates still available in July:  24th, 28th, and maybe the 29th.  The first Saturday and Sunday is open in August.  I just checked my school calendar and school begins on the 6th of August.  After that date it is weekends only and they are very limited from then until Christmas.  If you want to fish with me then you better act now because open dates are getting nabbed.

Fished yesterday with a client from Louisville and he caught two pigs at the 20 inch mark that had to weigh over four pounds.  Super fat and healthy if that contradicts itself then so be it, but these fish are doing very well.  Just throw them back and they grow!  Eggs were working in deeper fast water, but the brown roach style jig dubbed with Awesome possum and trailed by a Blue Iron caught the most.  We even caught a few browns in the 16-17 inch range.  Heck, I even fished a bit and landed a brook trout that was 17 inches and was blind in one eye and had a stab mark through his back from a Heron.  Now that is a tough fish and yes, I released him.  Wish I could have put a fish bandage or something on him.  Zebra midges worked well too, but the size 16 Blue Iron was on during late morning and early afternoon.

Gotta roll!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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