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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


May 10th
I was able to get out once this past week and it was pretty good. Many fish in the slot and one rainbow that was almost 21 inches long. During the afternoon the water reached 50 and I did see a couple of caddis and a fish or two rise. Maybe this next weekend we will see a solid hatch. Usually the hatch begins down river and works its way to the dam. The only day left this month is Memorial Day and there are a handful of days available in June. Yes, there are still many openings available during the month of July and throughout the Fall. Check my updated reports, pictures, and videos on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Monday May 4th

This is a real genuine fishing report.  The Corps cut back on water releases big time so I had the chance to get out.  Once I saw the Sunday schedule I sent a text to one of my regulars and he took it in about 5 minutes.  Had the chance to take out Erik and his buddy Christian from the Nashville area.  It wasn't a 50-100 fish day, but both anglers were able to boat 20 or more fish each throughout the day.  Erik landed a nice 18 inch bow and Christian was able to get in a 17 inch brown.  Those were the biggest fish of the day. 

Water temp was 48-49 degrees.  Once it gets close to 52 then ya better hang on because that is when the caddis really start to kick it up and fish appear out of nowhere.  Seriously, it can get crazy and it has been a rarity in the past several years due to high water.  Last year we were able to do a little dry fly action, but not to the extent of some of the trips 8-9 years ago before dam repairs.  The water is off color and it is going to take a few days or more to clear up.  The flood gates were open for a while and the results were some erosion problems on certain mud bank areas along the river.  I even saw a pontoon from a boat wrapped around a tree high above the water.  That is how violent it was this past month.  It will get better.

This Mother's Day weekend is open if anyone is interested.  I have a soccer trip planned to Columbus Ohio to see the Crew vs. the Sounders, but my wife gave me the go ahead to work if I can.  I will probably text a few of my regulars today so if you are interested then text me at 502 432-5188.  You can also check updated reports/pictures/videos on my Facebook page at DoubleDOutfitters. 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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