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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


April 28th

The lake is dropping about a half foot per day and that should really pick up to nearly a foot a day by the end of the week if the Corps continues to release water at over the 20,000 cfs point.  My guess is that they will ease up a bit once the lake level gets to the 720 mark.  It is currently 724 and change.

It has been a long time, like February long, since I have guided or even been on the river.  What does that mean.  Well, whenever the water is cut off the fish will be on.  Sometimes it takes a couple of days for the fish to acclimate to lesser flows, but they still gotta eat.  After long periods of high water I like to target trees.  For months our fish have been hugging the bottom or downstream from any obstruction and when they cut back on water releases those fish will still be there, sometimes for a couple of weeks!  I have seen fish downstream from a tree that had only a couple of feet of water and absolutely no current, but that fish wasn't about to give up their spot.  Yep, it is kind of like bass fishing.

If you want to get out this summer then please consider booking a trip within the next couple of weeks.  Yes, there are still openings, but once the catching begins the phone lights up big time.  Text/call me at 502 432-5188 if you have any questions pertaining to my services.  I will also be posting reports on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters.  There haven't been too many postings in a long while, but I will start posting pics/videos once the fishing begins.




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Friday, April 17th
Unfortunately this isn't a report.  It is nothing more than my response to the constant rain and high water. Will it ever end?  Maybe, but it doesn't look to be the case anytime soon.  Last year I fished quite a bit in May and this year looks to be iffy at best during that month.  If you want to get out with me this summer then please consider booking your trip soon.  My regulars haven't gotten their fill of fly fishing and they are nabbing dates in June and July.  It will get better, but that might not be until mid to late May.  Keep the faith!


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters







Friday, March 27

There is good news and there is bad news.  What do you want to hear first?  Ok, it really isn't all that bad so let's look at the situation as a glass half full.  Water, water, water!  Way too much water, but what do you expect when you have a couple of snowstorms that dump over two feet of snow and then it is followed up by torrential rains?  The Corps has reacted by dumping and I mean dumping massive amounts of water through the dam. Right now as I type this they are releasing 29,000 cfs!  The result is that the lake is now dropping nearly a foot a day, not quite but very close to it.  What does that mean to the fly fishing world that is just salivating at the chance to get out and land some trout?  Well, at this rate the river might be fishable by mid April.  I know that is a big maybe, but ya gotta have faith.  Typically the Corps will run it hard until the lake levels get close to the top of the SEPA curve on the yearly graph.  If we don't get any torrential rains and they keep running it at the current rate then it is possible that we might be able to wet a line in April.  I know, fingers crossed and everything else.

If you are interested in booking a trip during the summer then I would advise you to do it soon.  A lot of people have contacted me about fishing in April and May and that is always iffy with the water releases, but by June it is usually stable and safe to plan on a trip.  What I have done for April through mid May is built up a list of clients that want me to call them ASAP when it is fishable.  If you want to be added to that list then please contact me at 502 432-5188.  This is my cell and it is honestly best to text than call.  If you want to talk then give me a ring after 5PM or just leave a message.  Yes, I am tired of tying flies!!!




Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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