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February 27th

Sorry, but no real reports.  I haven't been out in the last couple of weeks due to snow and cold.  If you are trying to contact me then please do so by calling or texting at 502 432-5188.  You call also follow me on Facebook by searching Double D Outfitters.

 

Pros and Cons of this cold weather:  Lots and lots of shad should be dying on the lake due to this past three weeks of extremely cold weather.  So what is so great about that?  Well, they get sucked through the turbines and the trout gorge on them big time.  Last year we had a colder January than this year and you could see alewives everywhere in the first few miles below the dam while power was being generated.  Some of the rainbows that we landed have been a bit on the thin side and this will fatten them up.  Another pro is that we should have plenty of cold water this summer and early fall.  The downside is that with all of the snow and rain they are running water 24/7.  This will continue until the levels are down to normal and that shouldn't be long unless we receive a lot of rain, like we did last weekend.

Hang in there and check out my pictures and videos on Facebook.  I guess I can tye another 100 or more flies this weekend.

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Monday, February 9th

If you are needing to schedule a trip then please contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188.  I have gone through so many internet providers that my e-mail keeps changing.  You can always check out my Facebook page at Double D Outfitters for updates, pictures, and videos.

I guided on Saturday and the fishing was decent.  Lots of small rainbows, but we did land a handful of browns that were 17-18 inches long.  On Facebook there is a video of my guy landing a fish right before we called it a day.  I am notorious for not taking pics and updating them so Facebook seems to be the way to go.  Heck, even a person technologically impaired such as myself can post stuff.  Towards the end of the day we went to a salmon colored egg pattern instead of the peach and it caught some of the larger fish.  Guess I should have tried it out earlier.  The biggest problem was that the Corps ran a lot of water in the morning and it took quite a while for it to drop.  The best fishing was from 3-6 while the water dropped.  It was nearly 60 degrees but the winds prevented much of a midge hatch from happening in the late day.  A few weeks ago the fish really turned on with the late afternoon midge hatch and honestly there are times when it doesn't even matter what you are offering them as long as you get a decent drift.

I will be back out on the water this Saturday and the weather looks colder much colder than the 60 degree temps this past Saturday. 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


February 5th

Remember to contact me via Facebook at Double D Outfitters or contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188 if you are interested in booking a trip.

This Saturday is open.  Just found out.  First come first serve and the water and weather look great!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


January 25th
Go to Double D Outfitters on Facebook for updates and pictures. If you are trying to book a trip then please call/text me at 502 432-5188. Sorry, but there isn't a fishing report this weekend because the TVA was releasing too much water. It snowed a few inches, but it warmed up nicely on Saturday. Just too much water. Hopefully I will be able to get out next Saturday and post a report next Sunday. I guess it is back to the bench to tying.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters





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January 18th
If you are interested in booking a trip then please text/call me on my cell at 502 432-5188. For updated fishing reports and pictures please go to Double D Outfitters on Facebook. Guided yesterday and we slayed 'em big time. Tons of fish, but most of them were on the small side. I took out a father son duo and boy was it cold. 23 degrees to be precise at Helm's. I wanted to take them downstream from Helms, which we did, but by late afternoon the winds were like 20 miles an hour or better. Heck, I even got out of the boat in a couple of areas and waded them through some stretches while they fished in the boat. The biggest fish was a bow that was nearly 20 inches long. Only landed a couple of browns and the biggest was a 16 incher. Not a bad day for mid January. Like I said earlier, it is best to contact me by the number or on Facebook. I have gone through so many different e-mails in the last year that this is by far the best way to contact me. Better yet, I will put updated pics and stories on Facebook and I know that will please many.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


January 2nd
As always, please text me 502 432-5188 if you have any questions in regard to my guiding service. Happy New Year! Yes, last year was a very good year for the Cumberland. Our girl started fishing like she used to once the repairs on the dam were completed. Oh, it doesn't hurt when Fish and Wildlife stocked a bunch of slot bows in the fall of 2013! We really appreciated that gift. The river fished pretty good until we got into early November when we received a lot of rain and well, you know the rest of the story. Today I took a trip down to the river. I needed to do some maintenance on the boat and drive the old Jeep around for a while. I drove up to the dam to check out the progress on the "new stream" below the hatchery. If you aren't aware of it, they are rerouting the hatchery creek and it looks super cool. It basically runs parallel to the river for a mile and will dump into the river just upstream from Ray Man rd. This will provide an area for our large bows and browns to spawn during the fall. In years past big bows and browns could be found in the rough water below the hatchery outlet to the river. Believe me, I have landed and lost a lot of big fish in there over the years and broke a couple of rods on some monsters. By mid winter most of the fish would move back into the river. It will be interesting to see if this new stream will hold larger fish or will they head back into the river. I hear that it will be a catch and release/flies and lures only area. AWESOME!!! I didn't get a chance to get the boat out. Tough to do much of anything when they are running water at the 20,000 cfs mark. The water was very clear for this time of the year, but that might change according to the forecast. We are supposed to get 1-2 inches of rain tomorrow. And what do you know, the lake was getting almost to the mark where they would start holding back on releases. Honestly, we need a super cold snap. Cold temps typically mean less precip and we need less precip! Tired of tying flies and ready to fish! Many of my regulars have contacted me and asked to call them as soon as the river is fishable. Once it gets good then you know I will be out there and will provide a fishing report. Until then, take care and stay warm.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


December 10th

As always, contact me by texting or calling my cell number at 502 432-5188 if you want to get out this winter. 

Sorry, but no fishing report.  However, there is good news.  The Corps has been shutting off the water all day long!  For whatever reason they run the water from late afternoon until before dawn then shut if off all day.  I was trying to get down there, but I just can't do it during the week due to jury duty and teaching.  Jury duty, man, don't even get me going about that topic!  A lot of times I would burn a sick day or two when the water is off, but that isn't the case due to my civic duty and starting a new job.  So you would think that the weekends would be great, but it looks like they are going to release more this weekend then go back to releasing less next week.  I really don't know what to say. 

I have two weeks off starting on the 20th of December and I want to get out on the water as much as possible during that time.  If you are interested then give me a ring.  As always, if it looks good then we go, but if there is too much water then we will try to do it in the future.  Let's be real, these fish haven't seen a whole lot thrown their way since early November and my bet is that they should be pretty willing to cooperate.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


November 20th

Sorry, but there isn't a fishing report because I haven't been fishing.  Right now the Corps is running over 17,000 cfs 24/7 and that makes it nearly impossible to fish.  No, it is impossible to fish as far as fly fishing is concerned.  November is usually a great month to fish, one of my favorite for sure, but not this year.  I have only been on the water three times this month and that is the slowest in a long long time.  For some reason the Corps didn't run a lot of water when the lake rose during October.  They kind of ran 1-2 generators in what seemed like forever.  Then last weekend it rained/snowed and they decided to bump it up to four.  I wish that they would crank it wide open until it dropped to levels within the curve then they could go to the more typical generation schedule.  Thinking of typical, this would be the first normal November since dam repairs.  Oh well.  So much for normal.

I had a few trips this next week/weekend during the holiday break, but those trips look to be in jeopardy of being cancelled/rescheduled.  There isn't much we can do about all of this.  All I know is that these fish haven't seen a whole lot of flies in a long time and whenever the levels get back to normal then it should be game time, fingers crossed!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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