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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 25th



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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


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


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