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September 15th

As always, text me at 502 432-5188 if you have any questions regarding my services.

Guided on Sunday and the results were fair.  We caught fish, but the numbers just weren't there.  Took out a client who has been out with me a handful of times this year and he knows how to fish, so it can't be blamed on operator error or lack of experience.  We went upstream from Helms and caught several, including a bow that was near 18 inches, but usually we can catch 20-30 fish up there between two people in an hour to two hours.  The good news is that we had a rookie guest who never caught a fish on a fly rod and he was able to land several.  He even had one on momentarily that was over the twenty inch mark, but it pulled off.  Really the indicator was under for a while and we were both kind of day dreaming before he set the hook.  I saw this big flash and was like what the heck is.. oh shoot set it.  We were able to land a couple of other 18 inch bows throughout the day, but nothing larger.  We saw some nice fish throughout the day, including a couple of browns in the 5-6 pound range that were in the shallows.  Yep, it is getting closer to that time of the year.  Longer nights and shorter days equals more aggressive fish. 

The water is clear, really clear.  I usually fish 5x Mirage tippett, but have gone down to 6x, especially when fishing the zebras and smaller nymphs.  On the downside you are going to have more breakoffs, but that is something you just have to deal with if you want to get more hits.  On some days the fish want nothing more than an absolute dead drift with the roach/zebra rig, but lately a little twitch, twitch, pull does the trick.  What I mean by that is fish it down and across, let the rig drift for about 5 seconds, then twitch it twice and pull it about a foot.  When I say twitch, I mean nothing more that an inch.  Many of our hits the past few trips have occurred right after the pull and those strikes are much more aggressive than the average dead drift.  Many of you are probably asking if I have abandoned the egg.  Heck no!  I gotta have at least one rod rigged with that, especially in deeper faster moving water.  Yesterday they pulsed one generator for an hour and the egg caught a few nice fish during that time.  When these browns start to make their false spawn then the bows will really begin keying in on those eggs.  Late October through early December is when some of our larger fish are taken on these patterns and this year has the potential to be something special.

There are still a few openings in late November through December. 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


September 8th

As always, if you are trying to contact me it is best to text at 502 432-5188.

I was able to get out and guide on Sunday.  The Corps has not been too kind lately in regards to water releases.  You gotta get out on the water early, very early to get in a full day.  I also have to cover a lot of water, which is nothing new this year.  There were a couple of areas yesterday where we caught a few slot bows and we would have liked to have hit it again but just couldn't due to rising water.  We caught a few in the 17 to 19 inch range, but no monsters.  Early on the fish were just nailing egg patterns and then it stopped after about an hour.  So, I handed Charlie a zebra midge dropper below a 1/80 oz brown jig and bam, we were back in business.  It all boils down to water flow.  When we first put in there was a decent current.  Later the water began to slow down and so did the fishing.  The key was downsizing to the midge.  Later in the day when the water began to rise or we hit certain areas that were deeper we went back to the egg pattern.  It was kind of back and forth throughout the day depending on the areas that we fished.  I tried some hoppers later in the afternoon as the water was rising but failed to have any takers.  It wasn't the best of days, but we still landed a good number of fish.  I talked to a handful of anglers and they too commented on how slow it was.  The weather was perfect, not even 80!  Maybe it was that mini cold front that put them down.  What I enjoyed most about the fish that we landed were their colors.  At this time of the year the fish, especially the browns, begin to brighten up.  Their colors that is.  A few of the browns were fire engine red along the sides and I caught a brookie that looked like someone air brushed it.  That fish would have to be in one of my top tens in regards to beauty!  The female browns that we caught were showing signs of egg development, even the smaller ones that were just over a foot in length.  It will not be long before we start seeing larger browns showing up in shoal areas, Christmas for the anglers.

I will be back at it on both days this upcoming weekend.  Looks like the daily high temps aren't even going to hit the 70 degree mark with lows in the low 50s, maybe even 40s!  With that being said, maybe, just maybe, the Corps will hold back a bit on the water releases. 




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


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


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