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April 13th

Update:  I had a cancellation for the first weekend of May, Derby weekend.  It is now open.  Come and get it or one of the days before they are gone.  I am also available on Friday, May 2nd.

Fished with one of my favorite return customers yesterday, Charlie Mulligan.  Charlie has been fishing with me for over ten years and I bet he fishes with me at least a half dozen or more times per year.  We looked at the generation schedule Friday evening and really didn't know whether it would be worth going or not.  The Corps started running water at 7 Eastern, but they only ran one generator until 1 PM then bumped it to two the rest of the day.  Our game plan was to put in at Helms by 7 and stay slightly ahead or with the one generator.  We made it all the way to Winfrey's Rock and caught fish nearly everywhere along our trip.  We plowed through the long deep holes, concentrating on the shoal areas.  Charlie was able to fish egg patterns from 7 to noon and caught 50 fish in that time.  Yep, he kept count.  He usually insists that I fish with him, but I didn't do a whole lot because I was constantly landing and releasing fish.  I bet it was safe to say that a dozen or more of the fish were in the slot and most appeared as if they were the recent arrivals from last fall.  I did catch the biggest fish, a rainbow that was right at the 20 inch mark.  The water is still cold, maybe touching the 45 degree mark.  No white bass yet, but they should be working their way upstream within the next couple of weeks.

There are still a few openings during May and several throughout June and July.  The water is a bit off colored and we stuck with the egg patterns.  Duh, no suprise there right?  If this water remains this cold then that would most likely push the caddis hatch back, but I can't make any promises there.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


April 7th

I actually guided yesterday.  I was on my way home from a cruise to Mexico when I saw that a couple of people had tried to contact me.  Well what do you know, the fishing actually picked up when I left.  Maybe I should move.  I arrived home at 1:30 AM Sunday morning and was back in the car four and a half hours later on my way to the river.  My clients were Rick and David from Nashville, two very accomplished egg fishermen.  Have I ever told you all that I like people who like to catch fish?  These guys have fished with me before and they know how to get it done.  We started late morning with one generator running and picked up some fish, a couple being in the slot.  They turned off the water noon Eastern and about an hour later the fishing really started to pick up.  They caught fish pretty much non stop until six when the water reached us downstream from the powerlines.  Lots and lots of slot rainbows were released and the looked to be in pretty good shape.  Dave landed a slot rainbow that had a rubber washer stuck on its lower jaw.  Who knows how it got on there, but it looked like a rubber washwer from a pool or maybe a livewell or bilge.  It had been on there quite a while because the jaw had actually grown around the washwer.  Wild! 

Well it looks like we are open for business.  However, if we get much more rain then you all know the rest of that story.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


March 10th

You probably clicked on my report, saw a new date, and got excited.  Well, false alarm!  They ran too much water to do any fly fishing this past weekend.  I had a couple of tenative trips a week ago who wanted to get in a solid afternoon in but mother nature and the Corps didn't cooperate.  I see that the water will be turned off for a handful of hours in the afternoon tomorrow and that would be good fishing, especially when it is 70 degrees!!!  Hopefully I will make it out this weekend.  If we don't get too much precip with this next front then it should be fishable this weekend, at least during the afternoons.  Last year at this time I was able to get in a few trips from noon to about dark.  Yep, they were pulling water pretty hard during the morning then shut it off at lunch time and kept it off until dark!  That was almost 8 hours of fishing and catching, something we have all been daydreaming about during the past couple of months.

If you are interested in one of these trips over the next couple of weeks then give me a ring or shoot me an e-mail.  As always, if it looks good then we go.  If not then keep your loot.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


March 3rd, 2014

When will this weather ever end???  We have missed three weeks of school so far this winter and that is really going to cut  into my late May and early June fishing.  This is my 18th year teaching in the state of Kentucky and I have never seen such cold and nasty weather.  Here is a first:  Today I shoveled snow, in MARCH!  Maybe back in the day growing up in Missouri, but that is a first for me here in Kentucky.  Tired of waiting and tired or tying and ready to go catch some fish.  Thinking back, I have also caught some of my largest bass at this time of the year, but many of the ponds in my area are still frozen over, especially when it was like seven degrees this morning.  Yes, cabin fever set in a long time ago. 

Well, we know that there isn't much we can do about this weather.  If the lake doesn't go up too much this week then I will try to get a trip or two in this next weekend.  I just saw that the temps were supposed to be in the 50s and that will feel Jamaica like!  Guess I will go watch another movie or lift some weights.

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


February 19th

39 degrees!  Say what?  Yep, the water temperature last Saturday stayed at 39 degrees throughout the afternoon.  So you might be asking did I fish.  Well, I didn't drive two hours for nothing.  Well, actually I wanted to go down and check on the boat and the Jeep.  While doing taxes I noticed that the last trip was early December so I just had to get down there and check things out.  As always I forget and leave a 12 pack or case of Coke in the back and it freezes and both ends blow out.  The thing is, it was so cold that I didn't even notice any liquid on the floor.  Brrr!  A case of bottled water frozen solid!  So after putting in some gas in the Jeep I decided to drive around a bit then hit the river.  The wild thing about the river is the amount of Alewives along the bank.  The water had been up in the parking lot at Helms either earlier that day or the previous day and there were dead shad everywhere!  Usually you don't see that many four miles downstream because the gulls or the fish nab them, but there were thousands frozen along the bank, left high and dry once the waters receeded.

I fished for a couple of hours and the air temps were in the mid to upper twenties, but like I posted earlier, the water temps were only in the 30s and the bite was light to say the least.  I thought that fishing a white micro jig would do the trick, but no takes, but the peach colored egg produced over a dozen of fish, the largest being an 18 inch rainbow that looked to be one of those fall slot stockers.  A larger nearly got me to the backing and eventually broke off, probably because I was half frozen or the eyes on the rod were clogged with ice.  Couldn't tell what it was, but it felt pretty nice.  All of the fish were super fat and healthy from gorging themselves on the shad over the past two months.  Water was a bit off colored, but that is the norm for this time of the year.

If you are getting the itch to go then give me a ring or shoot me an e-mail.  Hopefully it will warm up!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


February 7th

No fishing.  The lake was getting to that 690 mark and the Corps was starting to hold off then bam, we get hit by a big rain/sleet/snow storm.  They are cranking it hard at over the 20,000 cfs mark.  If that isn't bad enough news then here is some even more controversial info:  The duskytail darter which is endangered has been found in the Burnside area.  This fish is in the Southfork of the Cumberland and needs running water.  Since the lake was down for what seems like forever, the upper portions of the lake in that area are more of a slower moving river than lake.  Well what do you know, the fish has been found in that area and they are doing an investigation on what should be next.  Are you serious?  Are they going to hold off on raising the lake because of a minnow?  I have heard that it will be resoved, but what the heck does that mean.  Obviously the minnow was in there before they even built that dam.  Maybe the stripers will move up into that area and eat everything like they tend to do everywhere else!  Ha ha ha.  This sounds like a soap opera!

Well, with all of this cold weather we should have a lot of cold water this year.  Still booking late spring and summer trips.  Hard to believe that the normal temps at this time of the year are in the mid 40s and it was 3 degrees when I checked out the temp this morning.  Tired of tying flies and wanting to get out on the river




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


January 29th

Nah, didn't go last weekend.  It was too cold even for me and that is cold.  Heck, I went deer hunting back in December and it was -1F when I arrived at the farm.  Stayed in the woods for five hours until it warmed up to 10!  Another reason is there was just too much water.  A few weeks ago there was an all time record demand for power and you all know what that means.  Yep, lots of generation.  That has been the case the last few days with temps near zero at daybreak.  As the temps warm up the Corps will start cutting back on water releases, especially since the lake is below 690.  I should be out within the next two weeks and will post an actual report. 

As far as booking trips, I have been doing quite a bit of that lately.  It doesn't look like school is going to release until the first week of school so I had to bump back several late May trips and push them into June, with that being said, June will be my first month to fill up and that is pretty much the norm.  There are still a few May weekend dates available, but get them before they are gone.  As always, if it looks good then we go.  If not then then we will reschedule.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


January 20th

Well, the Corps is still cranking it hard, but the good news is that the lake is dropping.  I believe that they will cut back significantly when it gets close to the 690 mark.  It is currently 692 and change.  Many of you from this area have taken notice to the below average temperatures and I would rather have that than above normal temps.  There are a few reasons for this:  One is that lower temps equal less precipitation.  Yes, we are getting a little more snow than normal, but I would rather have a few inches of snow than a couple feet of rain and that is what happened back in December.  So I welcome the Alberta Clippers and the Manitoba Maulers.  Another way that our trout can and will benefit from the lower temperatures is the shad/alewive shad kill off on the lake.  When we get these colder temps there is a substantial shad kill in the lake and they are drawn through the turbines during periods of generation and we have had a lot of generation lately!  You really notice this upstream from Helms toward the dam.  If you see gulls dive bombing the water then make sure you have something on that is white or silver.  I like 1/80 or 1/64oz white jigs under indicators.  A twitch every once in a while will draw a strike.  Some like throwing larger streamers, but you really need to slow down the presentation.

Hopefully I will be out this next weekend even if it is cold and snowing!  Book your late spring and summer trips now because those days are slowly being taken mostly by my return customers. 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


January 15th, 2014

There really aren't any reports to be made other than the Corps has been pulling water hard with six generators running 24/7 for nearly the past month.  There was a short window when they cut it back to two generators then we received some more rain and well, you know the rest of the story.  I was going to go try my luck with the walleye and sauger, but then decided not to when the water really bumped back up.  Hopefully I will have the chance to do so in the next couple of weeks.  I am bored out of my mind!!!

With that being said, I will most likely get out on the water as soon as water levels drop to fishable levels.  Whenever that happens I will make sure to post a report.  I just saw the two week forecast and it is calling for well below normal temps which will mean less precip and that is a good thing.  On the bright side, this next year looks very promising.  This fall was fantastic and with the addition of those slot rainbows it is going to be a blast to say the least.  People have started showing interest in booking trips for the late spring and early summer.  Once February comes along and the temps warm then it won't take long for people to really start getting the itch to get out.  Hang in there.  Good times on the river will be coming before we all know it.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


December 10th

Well wouldn't you know it!  The water generation was cut back, the big fish show up, and boy did we have a good time.  As we all know, good times don't last long.  I think the lake has risen over ten feet since last weekend and the Corps is a crankin' it big time.  It has been years since we caught so many fish in the low twenty inch range during the fall.  Usually it is more browns than rainbows, but that wasn't the case this fall for us.  Yes, I know the difference between one of the newly stocked slot bows and one that has been in there for a while.  These fish were 4-6 pound fish and boy did they fight!

A client of mine went down last week before the rains and the Corps was releasing a ton of water before the rains arrived.  He said that the shad were being sucked through the turbines and the gulls were going crazy.  He caught a few nice stripers, but the highlight of the day was a 27 inch brown!  He commented on just how fat it was, probably gorging on the alewives.  Usually high water is a bad thing, kind of like being on a tread mill and I don't like them a bit.  However, with so many shad being sucked through the trout will get stuffed in no time on these bait fish.  Sometimes during very cold winters many stunned or dead shad will get sucked through during times of generation.  Anything white or silver will do the trick.  I know many guys like throwing streamers, but it is tough to beat a white marabou jig under an indicator.  Caught a 7-8 pound brown a few winters ago during February doing that about a mile downstream from the dam.  If I remember, it was like 24 degrees when we started that morning and it never made it out of the 30s, but I could care less when landing fish of that quality.

I just did an inventory check of all my fly tying materials and ordered what was needed for this upcoming year.  With all of this high water and a freezer full of deer meat, I guess it is time to get back to the bench.  If I do not post another report before Christmas then I guess this would be the time to say Merry Christmas and thanks so much for a much improved year.  Yes, it is getting better and we all look forward to another year out on the river.  Guess I have to fish even more this upcoming year after looking at one of my kid's braces bill.  Dang, these kids keep getting more expensive!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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