Fishing Season: Year Round

Cumberland River - KY

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Dane Law's Tip of the Week

Flows are now being reduced. Spring fishing is near. Watch the flows and target the correct section of river.

Directions open in app

Map of Cumberland River

5-Day Outlook as of 3/20/23

Sundays and Mondays are best this week. Call Dane 770-655-9210 to get on the water. 03/20/23

Techniques & Tips as of 3/20/23

Nymph rigs and streamers Be prepared for various techniques. Indicator nymphing and streamers tight to the banks,rocks and logs. Watch for shad.

Local Species Available Year Round

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    and Brook trout

Dane Law's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Brassie™ Green 18
T.H. Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa Green 14
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer white 8
Hoppers Varies varies
Wooly Bugger Varies varies
guides choice N/A

Bead Head Brassie™

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Dane Law's Recommended Gear

Description: About Cumberland River

The Cumberland River tailwater begins at Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland in south central Kentucky and flows for 70 miles before it reaches the Tennessee state line. It is the longest coldwater tailrace we fish. The Cumberland is the best trout fishery in Kentucky. Drift and jet boat fly fishing is the best way to cover the water here.

Nearest Airport:

Bluegrass International Airport, Lexington KY


Midges, several mayfly species, caddis, stoneflies, terrestrials. Dry flies and dry droppers right now. Streamers on higher water. Our guides have the flies dialed in.

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Any area with low water

Best Access:

Public access points below Wolf Creek Dam Wolf Creek dam, Helm's landing, Burkesville.