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    My dad, brother Mitchell (brothers friend) and I all went down to the cumberland river this Saturday and started fishing at Helms landing around 7:00. after fishing for three hours and only catching a few we stopped fishing and cooked some trout and some rice right on the gravelbar. Then it started raining (earlier than predicted) and most of the boats and nearly all the wade fishermen came in and left. We decided to stay and fish and I'm glad we did. During and after the rain the fishing just kept getting better and better. We had multiple doubles, triples, and one quadruple! On our last 15 minutes of fishing time I caught a big bright 21 inch rainbow that jumped multiple times before getting to the net!!The pictures are on my dad's camera so I'll try to get it put up in the next few days. We left around 8:00 due to exhaustion. All the fish were caught on size 18 or 20 zebra midges. Never changed flies all day long!

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    Hey 3wt,

    Heading to cumberland in a couple of weeks myself. Did you wade the whole time?

    I've never been to the River side. Fished the lake so I'm really looking forward to getting down there.

    Any other tips?

    Thanks
    David

    "My Biggest worry is that when I'm dead and gone, my wife will sell my fly-fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."

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    Save you gas at this point. The water has gotten extremely warm, and it is not the best place to be right now. The fish are super stressed and need to be left alone unless you need to fill some freezer space.

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    thanks for the info.

    I'll just wait till fall.
    David

    "My Biggest worry is that when I'm dead and gone, my wife will sell my fly-fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."

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    I'll agree with Waterwolf to some degree.

    The water at and downstream of Winfreys is warming to high levels, so if your fishing that far downstream.....careful playing, landing, handling, and releasing of fish will be very important.

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    Cardfly, yes we did wade the whole time. At Helm's Landing its extremely easy to wade all the way across the river. Some tips would be to fish sz 18 zebra midges and stick with them. You might hit a slow time but the fish will soon be back on. I use an indicator and set it about four feet from the fly. fish to the far side of the river. We're going to be at Helm's again this weekend and I expect it to be excellent!

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    Well we went to cumberland (Helms Landing) today and I got my BUTT kicked. Cardfly jr., who is usually a trooper, did not take to the water very well and no fish were brought to hand.

    However, several fisherman did and there was one young man, he was around 14 or so, there that was truly gifted. He began casting while moving out on the river and caught 2 nice trout very quickly. I stopped and watched him for a bit and he was really good.

    So, zebra midges, better/longer casting is a must and even after getting skunked, I can't wait to go back. Very nice spot with lots of fisherman to talk and learn from.
    David

    "My Biggest worry is that when I'm dead and gone, my wife will sell my fly-fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."

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    Cardfly, was this the kid?

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    That's him.

    Great pic and he is a heck of a fly fisherman.
    David

    "My Biggest worry is that when I'm dead and gone, my wife will sell my fly-fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."

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    Thanks Cardfly. That is the 21 inch rainbow that I caught last time. I saw you and your son upstream of me wading across the river. I fished a black zebra midge until around eleven then they turned off cold. I switched to a brown zebra midge and they turned on. Lots of the trout ate it on the swing or while I twitched it. We were in the red Navigator on the gravel bar.

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