Indiana Local Guide Service

Wildcat Creek Outfitters has the longest running fly fishing guide service in Indiana. We began guiding for Indiana Smallmouth in 1996 and have been growing ever since. Our guides are…

  • Scott Gobel
  • Michael Exl
  • Eric Corya

 

We have a philosophy on guiding and it is simple… when you step in the boat with one of our guides you can rest assured that he hasn’t just fished the water a few times. He has spent endless hours fishing the water he is guiding you on. We believe when you pay for a day on the river the guide should have more knowledge about the water than you do! We also believe that it is your special day and you should be catered to for the day. We do not take guiding lightly. The privilege and tradition of taking people fishing for a living is something we hold in high esteem. Come for a day on our rivers and see what we see – a great experience in Indiana Smallmouth Country.

The area we guide has a storied past and a bright future. The Wabash River system is one of the largest warm water watersheds in North America. The Wabash itself is the longest free flowing river east of the Mississippi River. The Wabash watershed drains two thirds of the state of Indiana. The Wabash River itself is a legitimate warm water fishery, but it is the tributaries that steal the show. The Tippecanoe River, Sugar Creek, The White River, Pine Creek, Wildcat Creek, Deer Creek and many more make up the best fly fishing opportunities in Indiana Smallmouth Country.

We guide on the famous tributaries of the Wabash River including:

Sugar Creek

image001-20090304_103312The premier Smallmouth stream in Indiana. New regulations have further enhanced this great fishery. Sugar Creek is now the first Smallmouth Bass fishery to have a trophy designation. All fish under 20” must be released immediately, and only one fish per day can be kept. We take it one step further, with a strict policy of catch and release in our guide service. Sugar Creek is also the home of the Wabash Crinoids Beds. This is a creature that once lived on the sea floor and their stems have been deposited in the shale of Sugar Creek. All the Crinoids in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC are from Sugar Creek. We generally float Sugar Creek in fly fishing rafts, except at exceptionally low water when wade trips are the only option. Either way, Sugar Creek fishes very well from April thru November.

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The Tippecanoe River

image003-20090304_103312Rated the sixth most biologically diverse river in North America. The stretches we fish are the big water below Oakdale Dam. We fish this section from McKenzie-style drift boats, as the daily releases from the dam can change the flow from a gentle river to a deep torrent. There is very little wadeable water on the Tippecanoe River. On a recent Fall trip we caught Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, Sauger, Buffalo, Freshwater Drum, Hogback Sucker and Red Horse Sucker in a single float… and that was a slow day!

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Eagle Creek and Sugar Creek Carp Trips

There is also outstanding Carp fishing on both of these creeks… sight fishing with crawdad patterns and big nymphs. These trips are all day or half day trips on weekends only. Some evening trips may be available.

Guided Float or Wade Trip Pricing:

Full day Float or Wade trips are $375.00, which includes lunch and gear (if needed).

Partial day trips are $250.00, which includes refreshments and gear (if needed).

Trip Check list

  • 6wt or 7wt Rod and Reel (We can provide this if you do not have the right equipment)
  • Bass bug fly line and a 15 ft type 6 sink tip.
  • Rain Jacket
  • Waders and felt-soled wading boots (no cleats please). In summer there is no need for waders, we stay in the boat most of the time and wet wading is comfortable using felt-soled wading boots or wading sandals.
  • Polar fleece or other layered insulation in Spring and Fall. A windstopper jacket is really nice in weather in low 60’s and under.
  • Sun screen
  • Sun protective clothing in summer
  • Camera
  • Boat bag
  • Polarized sunglasses (a must for visibility and eye safety)
  • Special medications