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Podcast 64 | Indiana Smallmouth and Keeping Fly Fishing Fun with Dan Moyers From Catchflo.

In this episode we Wadeoutthere with Dan Moyers from Indianapolis, Indiana.  Dan’s passion for fly fishing began in Colorado and followed him back to the Midwest where he was able to find a balance between fly fishing for smallmouth and trips back to the Rocky Mountains. 

We discuss:

  • The differences and similarities between fly fishing for smallies and trout.
  • Dan’s home smallmouth waters of Sugar Creek in Indiana.
  • Why starting his footwear company Catchflo seeks to keep fly fishing fun through its unique, fishy designs.

** NOTE** Podcast episode and upcoming guests appear at the end of this short article.
Subscribers have access to submit questions for future guests.

Fly fishing can be fun no matter where our lives, or even our day-to-day takes us. For most of my life, I viewed fly fishing as fishing for trout, in the Rocky Mountains, and in a river. Probably with a dry fly. It was all I knew. In hindsight, I had many opportunities to keep fly fishing a part of my life if I would have just been willing to explore other species, waters, and aspects of the sport.

My Air Force career took me all over the world. Only now do I realize that journey was not a barrier, but an opportunity to grow as a fly fisher. I wish I had looked into tying flies earlier than I did. Or invested a little time into fly fishing for bass. Or made some trips with a fly rod to the coast.

Hat’s off to folks like Dan who figured it out, and dived into the fly fishing experiences he had in his own backyard.

Just like we may not be able to live where we perceive fly fishing to be, there are days we cannot be on the river when we would like to. I don’t know much about fashion, but I can appreciate a passion for fly fishing that stays with you off the water. Lacing up a pair of fishy shoes is a great reminder that the water is waiting for us to come back.

Key Takeaways

  • Smallmouth like the rock shelves and structure in a river.
  • “You don’t need to overthink it…” Good smallmouth flies are: boogle bugs, damsels, dragonflies, beetles, and clouser minnows. 
  • The classic Wooly Bugger is a good crossover fly that works for smallmouth and trout.

Learn More.

If you want more information on some of the topics we discussed try reading these blog posts from Wadeoutthere:

READ: WADEOUTTHERE | The Two Best Times for Experimenting on the River.

To find out more about how Dan and Catchflo or to order some kicks as unique as your own fly fishing journey visit:

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Upcoming Podcast Guests.

  • Josh Miller – Euro Nymphing and competition fly fishing
  • Jordan Yackel – Madison River, MT
  • Shyanne Orvis – Colorado
  • Allison Helen Hendricks – Wyoming | Traveling guide | Casting
  • Rachel Leinweber – Anglers Covey Fly Shop | South Platte River, CO
  • Cameron Cushman – Wild Trout | Veterans
  • Matt Wagner – The Driftless Region
  • Marina Gibson – Fly fishing in the UK
  • Dana Osthoff – Golden Trout | The Driftless Region
  • Jenny West – Bitteroot River

Subscribers – Ask a Question on the Podcast.

If you have a question for an upcoming guest, I would love to hear from you. I will ask questions from Wadeoutthere subscribers towards the end of the conversation during “Wadeoutthere Wants to Know.”

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I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking with Dan.


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Jason Shemchuk

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