fisherman     Flyfishing in (Central) Kentucky

Trout Fishing (relative to my home in Danville)

Believe it or not, there is actually good flyfishing for trout in Kentucky.  My favorite spot is Rock Creek in McCreary County.  Another good place is the Cumberland River tailwaters below Wolf Creek Dam.  The nearest spot to Danville is the Dix River (tailwaters of Herrington Lake), but you will need a boat to get there (launch at High Bridge and come up the Kentucky River to the mouth of the Dix).  Certain streams in the Red River Gorge also contain trout.

The Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources publishes information on its trout stream program.  They also have a listing of seasonal catch and release trout streams.  Here is the Trout Waters brochure.

Wolf Creek Dam is a TVA power-generation facility.  If you plan to wade fish, it is important to know the generation schedule.  This is available online at:  Or you can call 800-238-2264 for this information.

Other Species

Elkhorn Creek, north of Frankfort, is good for smallmouth bass.  The Dix River at the headwaters of Herrington Lake has rock bass (redeye), sunfish, and smallmouth bass.  White bass run up the river in the spring (around the time when redbud trees are in bloom).  Beaver Lake, west of Lawrenceburg, is good for largemouth bass.  I fish for bluegill and hybrid striped bass out of my kayak on Herrington Lake.  Hybrid stripers hit readily on a chartreuse and white streamer fly and put up a good fight.  Here is a photo of a 16" hybrid that I caught.

 hybrid striped bass     Fishing New Zealand's
        Tongariro River
 Herrington Lake hybrid striped bass.                                                    Not Kentucky.  Here I am fishing the Tongariro River in New Zealand.

Some Useful Links

Kentucky Trout Streamslisting of streams by county

     Kentucky Trout Fishing:  from All About Fishing

     Cumberland River fishing report:  by Jim Dicken

     Best Trout River in Kentucky:  from

     Double D Outfitters:contains fishing reports on the Cumberland tailwaters

     Rock Creek in the Big South Fork:  article from "The Southerner"

     Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers Page

     Kentucky Fly Fishing: site

     Federation of Fly Fishers Homepage

     Flyfish@ Home Page: Flyfish@ is a listserv (email list) devoted to discussion of flyfishing.  Instructions for subscribing to the list are found on the web page.

     Fly Fish America Online:  general discussion about flyfishing

     Trout Unlimited Homepage

     Fly Fisherman Magazine Online Flyshop:  general discussion about flyfishing

     About Fly Fishing:  compendium of varied information

Other Places to Flyfish for Trout

     Western North Carolina:  the region near Brevard has many good streams, with the Davidson and South Mills Rivers being among my favorite.  The linked page is courtesy of Davidson River Outfitters.

     More about Flyfishing in North Carolina:  Joel Dunn's page, includes info on the Davidson and other rivers

     WNC Trout:  Scott Cunningham's page about western North Carolina

     Hiwassee River:  tailwater fishery near Cleveland, TN.  Site by Don Denney

     The Riverwatch On-Line:  The Anglers of the Au Sable; this river in northern Lower Michigan is one of my favorite rivers.

     Au Sable River:  from the GORP pages

     Manistee River:  in the same part of Michigan, from the GORP pages

     Trout Unlimited of West Virginia site

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