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Old 06-06-2013, 03:35 PM
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I will be in Indianapolis on business in July - and as always I will have a fly rod with me. I should be able to sneak out for a day or so - can anyone give me some advice on where I can drown some flies within an hour of the City?

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I haven't lived in Indiana for more than 30 years, so I'm not the best source of information, but my suggestions would be:

1) Call "Flymasters of Indianapolis" and ask them for advice, I'm sure they'd help you. Nice fly shop on the North side of town.

2) The White River runs right through the city. I believe it has decent smallmouth fishing, although I don't know what July is like. I believe the best parts are south of the city, in the vicinity of Martinsville/Spencer. The North side, up towards Noblesville, is also popular. There are guides available, you can find them with an internet search or Flymasters can probably set you up.

3) Sugar Creek, near Crawfordsville, is ~1 hour from Indy and it is a good smallmouth stream. Its also very beautiful, I did a few float trips when I was in college back there.

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Hi Tom,

Thank you for the info - its a great help and I will certainly call Flymasters before I go.

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I live in Indy, but mainly fish local ponds due to time restrictions. However, there are sections of the White River that are good for small mouth. Access to them can be a pain if you don't have a boat or knowledge of where to park. I would also give Wild Cat Creek Outfitters a call. They are in Zionsville, north west of Indy and offer guided trips.

There is a section of Eagle Creek in Zionsville that's supposedly good for wading, smallies and carp. I've never tried it, but plan to this summer.

There's also Eagle Creek Reservoir, west of the city. You would be bank fishing there, unless you had access to a boat. I haven't fished there in a while, so I can't comment if it's good or not.

Brookville Tailwaters is in the south east section of the state (near Cinci), that is stocked with trout. May be a bit of a drive for you though (1.5 - 2 hours).

I guess it depends on what type of fishing (river, lake, wading, floating, etc.) you want to do. Oh, just so you know, I would not keep anything to eat from the waters in IN. I don't know if you knew that or not, but just throwing it out there.

If you have any other questions (restaurants, etc.), pm me, and I will do my best to answer.

Good luck, and have fun in the Hoosier State.
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If this reply isn't too late for your trip, you might consider checking out Geist Park on the NE side of Indy ( located at 113th and Florida Rd). The park has a good deal of access to Fall Creek as it begins to widen and feed into the reservoir. Not much in the way of wading there but plenty of decent crappie and a few smallies.
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Oh, just so you know, I would not keep anything to eat from the waters in IN. I don't know if you knew that or not, but just throwing it out there.
Why would you not eat anything from Indiana waters? The White River is listed as a Class III waterway. Most waters are Class III in Indiana. Sure you should not eat from them everyday but once a month will not hurt.
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