Photo from Cameron Cushman

WOT 82: Chasing Native Trout and Veteran Fly Fishing with Cameron Cushman

In this episode we Wadeoutthere with Cameron Cushman from Columbia Missouri.  Cameron is a combat infantry veteran and videographer that credits fly fishing with saving his life.  We discuss:

  • Camerons fly fishing journey.
  • Cameron’s love for chasing native trout.
  • Fly fishing road trip stories.
  • Veterans in fly fishing.
  • The Iron Freedom Foundation.
  • Some of the life changing experiences he captures on film for the veteran organization the Iron Freedom Foundation.
  • Saltwater fly fishing DIY.
  • Fiberglass rods fresh AND salt water.

** NOTE** Podcast episode and upcoming guests appear at the end of this short article.

Subscribers have access to submit questions for future guests.


Cameron is a veteran who is making a difference in the lives of other veterans in a profoundly meaningful way. His films tell the stories of how our soldiers are being healed through fly fishing. They are beautiful pieces of videography and storytelling but they also represent what is possible for people that are running out of hope. Families that need help. His work with the Iron Freedom Foundation is saving lives. I believe it.

I spent fourteen years of my life dedicated to the mission of Close Air Support, flying A-10 Warthogs. Close Air Support is about protecting soldiers so that they come home to their families. We rarely met the men and women we worked with. Separated by thousands of feet and connected only on the radios. I thought about them though. Thought about them a lot. After the missions and beyond. Even today I wonder who they were. Where they came from. Imagine them with their loved ones.

Our objective was always to save friendlies. I’m grateful to know that there are folks like Cameron out there who have refused to stop supporting those soldiers after they return. Who continue to fight for them with the tools and gifts they have. Yeah… I’m very grateful.


Learn More.

You can find out more about Cameron at his website:

Or on Instagram at:


To learn more about how the Iron Freedom Foundation is helping veterans, or if you know a veteran that could use a hand visit:

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

READ: WADEOUTTHERE | Five Reasons to Love Small Trout.
READ: WADEOUTTHERE | Embrace the Drive.

Upcoming Podcast Guests.

  • Sam Galt – Pennsylvania
  • Erin Crider – Women in fly fishing | Colorado
  • George Zervos
  • Landon Mayer – Colorado
  • Audrey Wilson – Casting, Provo 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 Cameron.

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Jason Shemchuk

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