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January 25th
I know it has been a while, but I honestly haven't fished since December. The water releases have been just too high. There was a small window of opportunity when the Corps was holding back water due to all of the flooding along the Mississippi River back around Christmas. However, this Saturday the Corps might cooperate and give us a schedule that could produce some fish. If I get out on the water then I will be sure to post a report on this page or on my Facebook page. This past week the Lake Cumberland region received around a foot of snow! Some of the roofs of the local marinas collapsed under the weight of the snow and many boat are sinking! I didn't realize how bad it was until I saw some of the reports on Youtube and the news. What a lot of people fail to realize is that the depth below most of these marinas is extremely deep and I have no idea how they will be able to salvage some of the boats. If you need to contact me then text or call me on my cell at 502 432-5188. My new e-mail is Cumberlandtrout@gmail.com. If you are looking at booking a trip in the spring or the summer then you might want to give me a call to reserve your day. No hurry yet, but I have started booking some trips recently. All it takes is a couple warm days and folks will start getting the itch to get out and cast a line.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


December 17th
Happy Holidays to everyone. I have not guided since the week of Thanksgiving due to high water. The Corps is dropping the lake quickly, but it still needs to drop more before they hold back on water releases. For those of you who fish the river with any regularity know that this is quite common after heavy rains. We all enjoy the warm temperatures of El Nino years, but we can do without the excessive rain. Cold dry winters are great for fishing. Warm and wet winters equals generation which equals no fishing. Let's all make a holiday wish for less rain and more fishing. As always, it is best to contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188 or you can also check me out on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Monday, November 23rd
It looks like the Corps has stopped running the sluice gates, or at least when the generators are turned off. I haven't fished for two weekends due to deer hunting in Missouri and Kentucky. Got a decent buck back home but still chasing a big one in Shelby County. Yep, they are still chasing the does. I plan on doing some hunting and some guiding over this Thanksgiving break. If you are wanting to get out on the river in November or December then please contact me on my cell at 502 432-5188. You can also check out updated reports on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters. Enjoy Thanksgiving!


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


October 29th
I know. I know. It has been quite a while since I have posted a report. Honestly, I have been super busy both at school, with the family, and guiding on the river. Fishing was pretty darn good until about two weeks ago. What I feared could happen did happen. When the Corps runs the sluice gates for extended periods of time it draws algae from the bottom of the lake. This water is off colored and doesn't have much oxygen content. They are able to increase the O2 levels by the sluice gates flinging water 100 feet up into the air. We lost all of our cold oxygenated water in July when the Corps ran water 24/7. Heck, they had to. The lake was up to the flood gates and rising. My wish would have been for them to open the flood gates and run the generators. At least that way we wouldn't loose as much cold water when they were dropping the lake. Oh well, just my two cents worth. The browns are in good shape, but our rainbows are looking a bit thin. Don't get me wrong, you can catch fish, but the bite isn't what it was a couple weeks ago. As always, you can check out updated pics and reports on my Facebook page at Double D Outfitters. Also, if you are trying to call/text then please use my cell # at 502 432-5188.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


October 11th
Just guided 7 or the last 9 days and I am just about worn out. Mental note: Leave Sunday open next time as a day of recovery before going back to school. Fishing was pretty good, some days better than others, but it was a solid stretch of fishing. I am not going to go into great details about where I was fishing, but it was many miles downstream from the dam, far away from areas that most people ever fly fish. With the exception of Sunday, we would do some head hunting later on as midge activity increased which led to some great slurping activity. The game plan was to find current breaks and seams that held fish and fish a hopper dropper rig and hang on. Several rainbows around the 20" mark were landed using these tactics. Fishing ledges with either eggs or a roach dropper rig did very well. The browns are starting to get more active as you can see them jumping out of the water near the submerged gravel bars. Speaking of gravel bars, it has been tougher to drift eggs and nymphs over these areas due to higher water levels. Ya really gotta put on quite a bit of weight to fish these areas effectively. I might have an open November date, but pretty much everything between now and late November is booked. There are still a few December openings for those of you that can take the cold! You can always check out my Facebook page at DoubleDOutfitters for daily reports and pics. Also, it is best to contact me via texting at 502 432-5188.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Wednesday, September 30th
We have experienced a rather consistent flow over the past few weeks. The Corps will run 2-3 generators in the afternoon and typically run the sluice gates off and on. Some days they sluice more than other days. The effects are it is supposed to oxygenate the water more, but the water looks more like a weak tea, kind of like fishing backwaters of some swamp. On the upside, the fish have been cooperating. There have been huge midge hatches. If you can find rising fish then make sure you have a hopper. If they won't hit the hopper then you know that they will hit a midge. I've been having good success with a brown dubbed jig called a roach with a size 18/20 rainbow warrior. Yes, I always have a rod rigged with an egg. If I don't see any fish rising then I will most likely have my guys/gals throw an egg. If you like throwing streamers then you can't go wrong with a white size 6 wooly bugger. Sometimes I have as many as 6 rods rigged with different flies so we can just fish on the go and not spend time changing and re rigging everything. I don't really have much open between now and late November. Feel free to text/call at 502 432-5188. You can also check my reports/pics on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Sept 22nd
Fishing is really picking up. Lots of fish, but most importantly the Corps has cut back on releases which makes it a lot easier to catch a lot of fish. I lost the biggest brown of my life this past Sunday on a hopper. Well over 10 pounds. Seriously! Also lost a 2 ft bow on a rainbow warrior. Still have a few openings between now and mid November deer hunting time. Contact me at 502 432-5188 or check me out on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


Monday, September 14th
The Corps has been jacking around with the generation schedule, but fishing this past Sunday was great. The morning bite was like you had a hit or fish on nearly every other cast. Eggs and hoppers ruled! A few fish were pushing the 20 inch mark and we had a couple that broke off, one that was really, really big! Still have a few openings in Oct and early November. Check out reports and pics on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters and remember to text or leave a message on my cell at 502 432-5188 if you are wanting to book a trip. I will probably post all remaining dates for the rest of the year this next week.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


August 26th
Fishing is back! Yes, I have been hitting it hard the past few weekends and we are catching a lot of fish. The size of the fish really tends to vary depending on locations. There are many areas within the first 5 miles below the dam that you nearly get a hit on every cast. Seriously, that is no exaggeration! However, the size of the fish are much smaller, but we have still pulled out a fish every once in a while that is in the 18-20 inch range. Eggs are tearing them up in deeper water and lower light situations. As you know I always have a rod loaded with an egg regardless of the season. Another rig that has produced some very nice fish is my 1/80 ounce dubbed roach with a dropper and the dropper is usually a Blue Iron or a black zebra midge. This is a great rig when the sun gets high and some of the fish tend to shy away from the eggs. Yes, white wooly buggers are still working if that is your thing. All I have to say is don't neglect the timber. It tends to be a fish magnet in most areas. Openings: Nothing between now and the week of October 5th which is my fall break. There are still a few after that until mid November. Remember that it is best to text me at 502 432-5188 if you are wanting to book a trip.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


August 10th
I know, I know. It has been a long time since I have posted a report, but there really wasn't much to report. High water for over the past month has halted any attempts at fly fishing on the river. However, that changed this past weekend. The Corps has started holding back on releases. No, the water hasn't been turned off, but the fishing has really turned on. The water is super clear, clearer than I have seen it at any time this year. Even with one generator running I could see my egg pattern bumping the bottom in 6 feet of water. Yesterday a client and I caught a bunch of fish and I mean a bunch. Most of them were under 15 inches, but it is a start. Yes, we caught some in the slot, had a few pull off, and even had a bigger one bend and break a hook! I will be back at it again this weekend. Listen, if you want to get out this fall then I don't have much available. I believe that just about every weekend is booked between now and early November. Keep updated on my reports on Facebook at DoubleDOutfitters and if you need to call then it is best to reach me via text on the cell at 502 432-5188.


Take care,
Dave DeBold
Double D Outfitters


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