Cumberland River Fly Fishing

The MOST popular fly fishing river in Kentucky.

Southwest of Lexington and south of Jamestown, the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam is an excellent tailwater fishery. A great way to explore this stretch of river is by drift boating. The tailwater fishery extends about 70 miles from the dam to the Tennessee border. The high bluff banks are linked with dense hardwood forests.

A mostly limestone riverbed creates a fertile ecosystem that produces prolific hatches of caddis, mayflies, and stoneflies. Sowbugs are also quite numerous and provide an excellent source of protein for the trout in this river to attain size quickly. Terrestrials such as Japanese beetles provide even more food for the fish in the warmer months. You can expect to find large brown trout; the state record 21 pound brown was pulled in 2000.

Cumberland River (KY/US)

Cumberland River (KY/US)

Cumberland River (KY/US)

Cumberland River (KY/US)

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  Kentucky Tourism (800) 225-TRIP; River Through Atlanta Guide Service (770) 650-8630; Southeastern Anglers (866) 558-7688.

Recommended Book:  "50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish" from Wendy Gunn

Base Camp:  Lake Cumberland State Park Campground

Luxury Loding:  Lure Lodge, Lake Cumberland (800) 325-1709

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Date Updated:  6/30/2016

ID:  21284

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