Yeah it’s been a while since you heard from me. I’ve started receiving quite a few emails from you guys with subjects like “Fishing Report?”, “You still fishing?”, “Where’s my money?”, and “Hey you said this would clear up after a couple of weeks.” Well I’ve been busy and by “busy” I mean lazy. Actually I just found my laptop after it went missing while we were on vacation. It was still in the car. Like I said…lazy. I apologize but hey it’s summer. None of us want to do anything we don’t absolutely have to. The heat brings out the American lazy in us all.
I checked the website and the last time I posted was at the end of June. We’ve got some catching up to do.
July was hot. It was really hot. We had days where jumping in the river wasn’t really an option but more of a matter of survival. Lucky for me I was sitting on a beach when it was in triple digits back home on the river. I had the option of tilting the beach umbrella or jumping in the ocean to cool off. My biggest mistake was scheduling a trip on the river the day after driving 13 hours back from vacation. Luckily our clients stayed up drinking until 2:00 A.M. and didn’t notice that I was tired. They were still feeling the W.L. Weller 12 year when we met them at 5:30. I had enough coffee to be on top of my game. There wasn’t enough coffee in Columbia to wake these guys up. I’ve never had two fishermen fall asleep in my boat before that day. They were both out cold on the row to the ramp. PRO TIP: Don’t get hammered before your guided trip. Your guide doesn’t care if you’re asleep in the boat but you’re not really getting your money’s worth if you’re not fishing on a guided fishing trip.
It should be noted that this was a great group of guys and they had a lot of fun. I’m not bad-mouthing them. I just felt bad for them. We hope to get them back out someday. I’m just speaking from a fisherman’s perspective. Save the party for after the trip. You’ll get to celebrate things like “Most fish landed”, or “biggest fish landed” instead of , “first guy to fall asleep” or, “first guy to tangle up while not actively fishing”.
In the past few weekends I’ve had some great trips with new and old clients. I have to give a shout out to some of my favorites. Stephen and Amber are a great couple and they’re a riot in boat. I still haven’t figured out who’s the most serious fisherman out of the two. He organized all of the trips but you should hear that girl when she loses a good fish. I’m pretty sure she loses sleep over it. I’m glad you put a ring on it Stephen. She’s a keeper.
On another positive note I’ve had some great Father/son trips lately. I’m seeing a lot of young guys getting their dads into the sport and that makes my heart happy. Kids if you’re reading this, pick up a fly rod and get your dad along for the ride. He has more money than you and can pay for cool stuff like guided fly fishing trips. True story.
So in case you haven’t noticed, it’s summer. The sun is hot and the water on the Cumberland is as clear as Popcorn Sutton’s white lightening. We’re using small tippet and our fly selection has been catering to picky fish. We’re using long leaders. I’m starting with a 9 foot 5x leader and adding 6x to that. Yes we’re breaking fish off on hook sets with anglers who aren’t used to light tippet but that’s what happens in these conditions. Fluorocarbon is now the new carpet in the floor of my boat.
Fly selection has been a bit different but the standards are working. We’re using standard patterns like princes and copper johns as the lead fly, more for weight than anything, and many midge variations below. Zebras, wd40s, small pheasant tails, frenchies, quiot biot, etc have all worked. Get your flies away from the boat and be ready for light takes. Limit false casts. Don’t beat the water to death. Fish downstream of the boat if you can instead of off to the side.
Thanks again for all the support. We love seeing all of you on the river. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook (Cumberland Drifters Guide Service), Instagram @kyflyfisher and on Twitter @kytrout for all sorts of other fishy goodness. If you want to know what’s happening on the Hatchery Creek make sure to follow Redmon Fly Fishing on Facebook. Brad guides on the creek and keeps reports posted for all of you small stream junkies.
Until next time I hope to see you out there.