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Old 01-10-2017, 01:18 AM
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Anybody fished the Cumberland River in Kentucky recently? I've lucked into a free trip with a guide friend of mine next week and wondering whats working on the river so I can get on the vise and crank out some flies
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I have not been in a few weeks but my friends fish it pretty often.They have caught a few nice browns just a few miles below the dam.Right now midges are hot.

zebra midge red or black sz 14,16
disco midge sz 16
green or red BH Brassies sz 18
PTN's
red copper john's
green caddis pupae

If the water is high streamers are great.
Black wooly buggers
Darker color clousers
mini zonkers

Hope you catch some nice ones!

Here is a water release schedule for the dam if you are fishing that part of the river.
https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Wolf-Creek
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Thanks Steve its the first time on the Cumberland for me cant wait
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Post up your results! I grew up fishing it. Moved away as a young adult, but made regular trips there (10+ per year) in the late 90s and early 2000s. When the dam was under repair, I quit making the trek and have drifted toward the mountains, closeby smallmouth, and trips to the salt. I suspect the big C will once again be a regular haunt of mine somewhere down the road.
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There is a decent population of large fish in the river still but its nowhere near what it use it use to be. The only larger fish I had on was at the mouth of Hatchery Creek which Im sure the big fish from the Cumberland River were using Hatchery Creek as a buffet.
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