Indiana Local Guide Service
Starting in 2014 we have made a change to our guide service. Guiding is now independent from the store. We still support the guide service, but everyone now runs their own guide service. To book a trip you must contact the guides directly.
- Michael Exl firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eric Corya email@example.com
- Scott Gobel
We guide on the famous tributaries of the Wabash River including:
The 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.
The Tippecanoe River
Rated 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!
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
- Boat bag
- Polarized sunglasses (a must for visibility and eye safety)
- Special medications