july 2020 cumberland river

When: July 10th – 12th, 2020 (Friday – Sunday)

Place: Riverside Retreat, Jamestown, Kentucky

Outing Co-ordinator: Wes Krupiczewicz

Number of Spots: 8 beds, but more room on the floor

LEVEL 4 Trip for experienced anglers

Assuming a normal weather pattern for this time of year we can expect  a generation schedule in July with little to no flow early in the day and generation starting sometime after dawn. Good fishing should be available on the river, but this trip should be considered primarily a boating or floating trip with the possibility of wade fishing on various shoals accessible by boat. There is also the possibility to wade fish the new Hatchery Creek. Go to the Stream Information – Cumberland River page on the website for more information about the river, possible floats in the upper section of the river, and alternative launch locations. If we get a lot of rain and high water levels on the tailwater, there is always the potential to fish for bass or panfish on Lake Cumberland itself or for trout at Hatchery Creek.

The club has reserved all 4 rooms at the Riverside Retreat at Helm’s Landing for this outing. Lodging with supper is $80 per person for the two night weekend, assuming double occupancy in each room.  First 8 registrations for 2 nights get the beds.    Any refunds for cancelations are at the discretion of the DCFF board. Anyone wanting to stay over only 1 night will be accommodated as floor space allows – contact Wes regarding availability of space.

Additional days before or after the “official” trip can be arranged by contacting Paula at Riverside Retreat.  Wes plans to arrive Thursday and possibly stay overnight on Sunday to fish Monday as well.  Call Wes for more information.

Breakfast and Lunch and Beverages are on your own. We will share supper. Bring a chair to enjoy the fire in the evening.

Equipment includes 3 to 8 weight fly rods. Smaller rods are appropriate for nymph fishing while 8 weight rods are a better choice for streamer or “hopper/dropper” fishing. Flies include #8 to #18 nymphs, including pheasant tails, hare’s ears, prince, copper john’s, midges, and most other trout nymphs. Cracklebacks (both beaded and unweighted) are always good, especially if swung behind a Chicago Fly. Black, white and olive wooly buggers are good streamers. Prominently white shad imitations work well and provide a visual fishing experience when fished from a boat. Hoppers and other terrestrials will take fish in August when fished along walls and high banks.

Depending on water conditions and the generation schedule, virtually any small craft can be used on the river. At 2 or more generators, the river will be “pushy” for inflatable pontoon boats; canoes and kayaks are better, but skill will be required to safely use manually powered craft at these flow conditions. Small motor powered craft are the best option if the operator knows how to avoid river obstructions like rock and logs. It will be your responsibility to secure a craft and/or find a buddy with a craft. You can follow other experienced members up the river, but you need to know how to navigate and operate your boat. Also, recognize the need to practice safe boating techniques on the Cumberland; wear a life jacket when you are underway and if you get dumped into the river get to shore ASAP – hypothermia will take over quickly with the water temperatures in the 50s!

If you have any questions, contact Wes at wes@derbycityflyfishers.com or 502-938-2662.

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