Roy with one on the streamer rod with two generators releasing.
Fly fishing for trout on the Cumberland River has been and continues to be very good. The secret to success is watching the generation schedule and fishing when you have moving water. Frog water will not be productive. If you can fish water with a bit of flow, your catch rate will explode. Weekday generation schedules have been a bit sporadic over the past couple of weeks. However, there is always a way to fish on the Cumberland by either fishing earlier / later or launching further downstream. Flows with one or two generators running are perfect for tossing streamers. Don’t count out the streamer bite. It can be very good if conditions are right.
Generation schedules during the weekends have been very reliable and fisherman friendly. Pheasant tails and zebra midges have been killing it lately. Try a double nymph rig of a pheasant tail and zebra midge and find out what they want. Smaller copper johns, brassies, and rainbow warriors have also been producing plenty of fish to the net too.
I’ve not seen the number of carp in the river as there were 3-4 weeks ago and the paddle fish that have been cruising around black fish creek seem to have mostly dispersed.
It’s that time of year when the temperatures start to climb, so be sure to drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get into a routine of catching fish and put off eating and drinking. Stay hydrated and your day will be much more enjoyable. As a side note, be respectful of others and don’t rig up on the ramp. Get your equipment ready either before you launch or on the water.
Lastly, don’t forget to use sunscreen! I’ve already seen two anglers this summer with some nasty and preventable sunburn. Protect yourself and lotion up, you’ll be glad you did.
If you want to get out and chase trout, give me a call, text or e-mail.