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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


Moday, November 10th

This can be one of the best times of the year to be out on the water, but that isn't the case with two or more generators plus two sluice gates.  When will it get back to fishable levels?  My guess is about two weeks and that is as long as it doesn't rain much in those two weeks.  Sorry, but I didn't plan on fishing anyway due to deer hunting which was great opening weekend.  Lots and lots of deer were moving and the weather was just about perfect.  One doe in the freezer and I missed an opportunity at a buck of a lifetime and managed to screw that up.  Oh well, off to Missouri for the next hunt.

As always please contact me via text at 502 432-5188 if you have any questions about the river or my service as your potential guide.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


November 3rd

As always, please contact me at 502 432-5188 if you have any questions about the river or my guide service.

Well, I finally got a chance to get back out on the water and the results weren't quite what we were looking for.  For starters, we had a lot of wind on Saturday then on Sunday morning we started out at a balmy 26 degrees!  Nothing like sleeping in a tent when it is below freezing, but honestly it wasn't that bad in my minus whatever jumbo sleeping bag.  Sounds like a testimonial to me.  Then the Corps ran one generator 24/7 which isn't all bad, but for some reason they were also running the sluice gates around 1500 cfs.  As a result the water had a darker stained appearance, but still pretty clear for 4500 plus cfs.  If I ever get their reasoning behind doing both then I will post my findings.

Fishing:  Hundreds of fish.  Really, we caught a lot on both days, especially on Saturday, but I don't think we caught one over 17 inches!  Lots and lots of stockers and others that had been in there only for a couple of months.  Kinda dissapointing for this time of year has the potential to produce some monsters.  The larger fish were absolutely beautiful, showing off their fall spawning colors.  Still kinda bummed about the quality, but I guess that is why we call it fishing.

I will not be on the water much over the next two weeks due to deer hunting.  I usually hunt both here in Kentucky and back in Missouri with my dad.  There are still a few openings between early December and the end of the year.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


October 27th

As always, text me at 502 432-5188 if you have any questions about the river or my services as a guide.

I know, it has been a while since I posted a report, but there really hasn't been anything to report! It rained a lot and I mean a lot during that second week of October and the Corps has been running water 24/7 for over two weeks.  The lake levels are going down and it looks like the predicted generation schedules this weekend will be fishable.  Yep, I will be out both days on two separate trips and will post a report when I return.

There are a few more openings in December, but I understand that type of fishing isn't for everyone.  If you have fished with me before and have asked about my best day or favorite time then it would have to be during late fall early winter.  The bigger bows are trying to spawn and can be quite aggressive, especially when an egg pattern comes bumping by!!!  I can remember a day before Christmas back in 2000 where it snowed several inches in a two day span and I was the only one out on the river. Did I catch any?  Never caught so many fish in my life and had about four inches of snow in the boat!  A little tricky getting the boat out, but it was well worth it.

Gotta go bow hunt this evening! 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


October 13th

As always, contact me at 502 432-5188 if you are interested in booking a trip or just have a question about the river. 

I have fished a handful of times since the last report and the results were anywhere from good to great.  We have been in an off and on rainy weather pattern for the past week and it forced me to cancel two trips last week.  I usually don't cancel trips due to rain unless it looks like a gully washer or heavy thunderstorms and it looked like we were going to get some of those.  That was the case on one of those days but not the other.  Oh well.

Several fish in the 19-21 inch range were landed during these trips and all of them were rainbows.  On one of the trips we lost a big brown that was in that range, but it pulled off after a long fight.  Some of them even took us into the backing and we had a couple of breakoffs that made us question what the heck was that?!  Most of these bows look to be some of those that were stocked last fall, but there were a couple that had been in there for a couple of years and those dudes could really fight.  One of the bows that we had on looked to be a 20 inch plus fish.  It took several long runs but never broke the water, typical of a larger bow.  Those bigger browns like to dig deep and pull hard and some bows do the same.  After fighting that fish what seemed like forever, it was a 15 incher!  I have never seen a fish of that length fight so hard, but what was so unique about it was she had to weigh over 2 pounds!  A lot of times anglers will refer to fish as hogs, pigs, toads, ect.  This fish was just plain bizarre in length to weight proportions.  Maybe it was one of those triploid rainbows?  Who knows, but it is still swimming in the river.

What is working?  Well, being fall time you all know the answer to that.  Eggs in peach, pink, champagne, salmon, and clown are all producing.  I have been experimenting with different jig sizes, anywhere from 1/64 to 1/100 and I like the 1/80 the best fitted with a B size shot under a larger toothpick pegged indicator.  Speaking of indicators, I saw a couple of decent sized fish come up and hit our yellow indicators.  I guess we should have rigged a yellow colored hopper, but the fish were just hitting too good.  I have been fishing downstream, way way downstream.  However on Saturday I fished near Helms due to the rain from the previous days and some slightly stained waters.  We could have stayed in that mile stretch from Blackfish to Helms and caught a 100, but most of those fish were 8-13 inchers, not what we really want to see on the end of the line.  I know it is fun and all, but it is nice to see a 20 incher every once in a while and that hasn't been the norm in that stretch.

I have a couple of openings during my Thanksgiving break and a few on weekends in December.  Gotta get back into school mode!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Moday, September 29th

As always, if you are trying to contact me in regards to fishing then please text/call me at 502 432-5188. 

Early this past week I had a cancellation and was going to just take off Sunday but instead decided to call a couple of my return clients and the first one nabbed it.  I am booked solid until the week of Thanksgiving.  There are a couple of dates open that weekend if anyone is interested.  Also, if you would like to be on a list for a last minute trip due to to a cancellation then I can make that happen.

I tried something yesterday that I have only attempted two other times this year and it paid off big time.  Well, let's just say I fished where I used to before the Corps began the repair project on the dam.  I saw three boats, two that were putting in and only saw one actually fishing.  With that being said, we pretty much had the entire 5 mile stretch to ourselves.  Did we catch any?  Uh, only one fish.  No, I can't lie.  We caught more fish yesterday than any trip since July.  It was that good.  Scary good.  There were some areas where you could literally cast out any fly and get a hit.  It would not be a lie to say that we caught over twenty fish in the slot and most of those were 18-20 inchers.  We had one that got into the backing and just couldn't slow it down before it broke off.  Most of the fish were rainbows mixed with a handful of browns and brookies. 

It is 6:30 in the morning and I have to get ready for school.  Gosh, I wish that I was on the water again today!!!

 

 




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Monday, September 22nd

I made myself post a report before going to school this morning.  Sometimes I don't post one for a couple of days after a trip or two and then the texts start popping up wondering why there isn't an updated report.  Hey, it is a good thing to feel wanted.

On Saturday and Sunday I guided Ed P. and his son Andy.  They are from the St. Louis area and fished with me a couple of times in the past.  Back in June they absolutely slammed 'em in the rainbow run area.  I mean every other fish was an 18-20 incher.  Well, it wasn't quite that good, but the guys were able to land some quality fish.  On Saturday the water was low, very low and gin clear.  Can you say finesse fishing?  The key was finding some moving water with some depth.  We fished a zebra and caught a decent amount of fish, but the take was just so subtle and I mean subtle.  We stayed with the water as It came up and went to the egg patterns and caught some larger fish close to the 20 inch mark.  We had a couple of breakoffs, one which I saw and it was well over twenty inches long!  On Sunday they pulsed one generator for two hours and we pretty much egged it all day and caught a lot more fish.  Again, the largest was very close to that prized 20 inch mark.  Thanks for a great time guys and the steak was just fabulous!

I will be at it on Sunday this next weekend.  I know that there are some openings from Thanksgiving time to Christmas.  The larger fish are starting to show up near the shoal areas, kind of like a staging area before they try to spawn.  The great thing about this past weekend is that I only saw a handful of folks out on the water.  And I would also like to say thanks to officer Mills and his companion for they were out on the water Sunday checking on boaters/anglers.  Keep up the good work for the word gets out when they start writing citations for violations.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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


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