When: Aug. 19-21, 2022
Place: Riverside Retreat, Jamestown, Kentucky
Outing Co-ordinator: Wes Krupiczewicz
Number of Spots: 8 beds, 12 maximum fishers.
LEVEL 3 Trip
in 2022, we can expect some sort of a generation schedule 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 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.
The club has reserved all 4 rooms at the Riverside Retreat at Helm’s Landing for this outing. Cost is $80 per person for the two night weekend, assuming double occupancy in each room. Registration and full $80 payment is required to secure your bed; first 8 payments 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. Also, Wes has reserved 2 rooms for Wednesday and Thursday evenings to extend the outing; contact Wes if interested.
Breakfast and Lunch are on your own. We traditionally share supper; volunteer cooks are always appreciated and your food costs are reimbursable, so save those receipts. Bring a chair to enjoy the fire in the evening (assuming we can source the wood). Your payment includes the cost of supper and firewood.
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 flies like mop and egg patterns.. 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 and September 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 or during high winds, 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 generation 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 on 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!
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If you have any questions, contact Wes at email@example.com or 502-938-2662.