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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


July 4th

Remember, please text me at 502 432-5188.  A lot of time I don't have access to e-mail so this is the best way to book a trip.

Happy 4th.  Hope everyone is kicking back and enjoying this weather.  I think it was 55 degrees when I put the boat in this morning.  Is this really July.  Absolutely beautiful.

I was out on the river the past three days and we caught a lot of fish each day on Blue Irons, mini jigs, egg patterns, and zebra midges.  The generation schedule is a bit different each day and I always have 4-5 rods rigged with different appetizers for our trout.  There are some pigs in there!  Today Ralph had a monster on that snapped his line without him even having a chance.  These fish are growing like crazy and for that I am just so fired up.  I am going to get a day of rest then get back on the river.  Gotta get some rest and do some chores around the home.

I still have a handful of July dates available as well as late summer/fall dates that fall on weekends.  I haven't even looked at my fall break schedule yet, but I will post what 3 to 4 days are open. 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


July 1st

Reminder:  Text me at  502 432-5188 if you want to book a trip.  You can also call my home phone number at 502 538-8919, but it might be a couple of days before I get back with you.  Super busy!!!

Can someone tell me where June went?  Good Lord did that month fly by.  I was wrapping up school during the first week and then went all out on guiding since them.  Looking back on the calendar, I spent 16 days on the river last month and that is a good thing!  Thanks to all who have allowed me to be their Cumberland River guide.

I just returned last night from four solid days on the river.  Each day we are catching at least a handful of fish in the 17-20 inch range and turning and breaking off some that were truly trophy fish.  One of the largest was a fish turned by a young man from West Virginia that I know was two foot long!  Yesterday, one of my many time return customers, Mike S. hooked into a beast near some timber and that dude didn't even give him time to fight before the line snapped.  Huge!!!  The greatest appreciation I get is hearing from return customers about just how much better the fishing is this year.  Our fish are fat and I mean really fat and healthy.  Every once in a while you will hook into a 14 inch fish that you would swear would be pushing twenty inches only to fight it for a few and see that it isn't nearly anthing close to what it feels like.  Now that is awesome.

Generation flows change daily and my ability to go up or downstream really helps out.  Some days they pulse one for an hour or two then shut it off for a few more.  I really like that schedule, but you just never know what you are going to get. 

What is working:  Eggs as always in 1/64 or 1/80 oz, but some colors are working better than others.  In skinny water stick to a more subtle approach with pheasant tails, hares ears, or zebra midges.  The best thing is to have two anglers using two different flies to find just which ones the fish prefer.  Usually I have it down, but it can change from trip to trip.

There are about 4-5 days left in July that are still open and a couple of them are weekend dates.  Shoot me a text on the cell or leave a message on my home phone if you are interested in going.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


June 24th

Text me at 502 432-5188 if you are wanting to book a trip.  I am on the river more than I am at home so this is the best way to contact me.

Fished the past two days and did well.  The morning bite is still somewhat slow and I still believe the reason is the super cold water.  47 degrees!!!  Like I always say 52 degrees is that magic number and when it gets above 50 then the fish are more active.  Who would ever think that you could do better at two in the afternoon on a 92 degree day than early in the morning.  It kind of defies all traditional fishing logic, but that is what is going on right now.  The water is super clear and I have even downsized to 6X in areas where there is little flow.  Remember the good old days when you could sight fish?  Well, those are back.  Yesterday I had Marty and Kevin from New Albany and there was this one little cut in which the fish were just stacked up like crazy.  We were drifting egg patterns and Blue Irons through this area and it was cool to see the fish go for it.  You gotta be quick on the strike for these fish aren't going to hold on forever.  Each day we are still catching a handful or more of fish in the 18-20 inch range.  Most of these are the slot stockers from last fall, but not all of them.  We caught a bow last week that looked to be a wild fish that was 21 inches long.  How do you know it is wild?  Well, the fish don't have the spots like a stocker does and they look like a steelhead.  The tail is larger than a hatcher fish and when you hook into one it feels as if you have the new state record.  No kidding!

July is nearly booked and fall dates are filling up quickly.  Act fast before they are gone.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


June 20th

Text me at 502 432-5188 if you need to talk.  This is the best way to contact me if you are trying to book a trip.

Fishing is about the same since my last report.  However, one day I took my dad and cousin downstream from Winfrey's and didn't do so great, but from Helm's to Winfrey's has been consistently producing some very nice fish.  My son caught a rainbow just a tad under twenty inches.  I guess if we would have pressed the tail lobes together like you should then it would have been over that mark, but I talked him out of keeping it thank goodness.

What is working???  Well, it varies.  I always keep a rod rigged with a heavy egg pattern to rake the bottom in certain areas.  Then I have a double nymph rig.  Really it is a 1/80 oz brown headed jig dubbed with brown/olive/gray then I tie on a size 16 nymph.  Sometimes a pheasant tail works good while some days a simple hare's ear type will produce.  Since this water is really gettig clear I will also have a rod rigged with a zebra or wd40.  Gotta have the arsenal ready when you arrive at those so called fishy areas.

Thanks to all who have allowed me to be their guide on the Cumberland.  It keeps me busy through the summer and it sure beats teaching summer school!!!  There are still a few July dates open.  People are also beginning to book their Sept and Oct dates.  It should be interesting to see what the hopper fishing will be like this fall.  It could get very interesting.  I gotta tie more flies!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


June 17th

Contact me by texting 502 432-5188.  I will get back with you in the evening when I get off of the water.

Five days of guiding can wear you out, but I think the clients were more worn out than myself.  Fishing is great, but knowing where and when to fish as well as what to use are major factors.  It can change from day to day.  For example.  One day the Corps shut off water early in the evening.  The next morning the water was lower and the fish were more concentrated and the water temperatures were 49 degrees.  Easy fishing!  However, the next day the Corps ran water until midnight which led to higher levels the next morning and the water was 46 degrees.  On that particular day the catching didn't start until late morning.  So in a nutshell, it changes from day to day and you really need to be flexible.  With that being said, I usually have four rods rigged with multiple offerings which one can pick up at a moments notice.  Certain areas are just chock full of fish while others resemble the Dead Sea.  Find the fish and you will catch the fish.

I would like to thank the Fish and Wildlife Department for having the agents patrol the water more often.  These guys/gals work their tails off to protect this beautiful resource.  Thank them if they check you.  Remember, you need a fishing license as well as a trout permit to fish the river.

As I said in previous reports, there are no more June openings.  While I was guiding I booked three other July days so those too are becoming more scarce.

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Sunday, June 8th

Attention:  Here is my cell if you need to contact me.  If you need to contact me then do it by texting.  The number is 502 432-5188.

I guided yesterday and did well.  It was slower at certain times and certain areas, but the last two hours of the day were crazy good!  Took out two return customers Al and Bob from the Louisville areas.  These guys fish with a striper guide down in Burkesville and then fish with me about this time each year.  Well, the guys didn't catch any stripers on Friday, but they did catch a good amount of trout yesterday.  The Corps had a weird schedule that kind of changed the game plan.  I am not going to go into great details about it for I would ramble on and on.  The key was to stay ahead of the generation, but then they shut off the water for three hours late morning early afternoon.  We caught some decent fish during the morning, but had a few bigger fish and break offs from noon to three in the afternoon.  I rigged an elk hair caddis on a standby rod just in case and we tried it once we started seeing the numbers and the fish coming up to nab them.  The problem was that the water was rising and it was tough to get a decent drift.  We had a couple on, but weren't able to get them to the boat.  The key is to let the fish go back down before setting the hook.  I know, it is too tempting to set the hook when you see the fish rise.  Usually you see smaller fish rise on the caddis, but I saw a few large slot fish and some flirting with the twenty inch mark that were rising to the caddis before the water came up.  I will be ready for them this week!

I will be on the water an average of 4-5 days each week for the next two months.  June is full, but there are still some openings in July and early August.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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