June 2020\/revised November 2020 As one who has been raised on the basics of traditional fishing: bait, lure and rod in static waters, I\u2019ve always been interested in the art of fly-fishing in rivers or streams. Fly-fishing is an angling technique where an artificial \u201cfly\u201d is used to fool fish into biting and differs greatly from any other form of angling. In my quest to learn more about how to and where I can fly-fish in Indiana, I was surprised to learn that one of Central Indiana\u2019s premier fly-fishing and kayak outfitters\u2014Moving Water Outfitters\u2014is located right here in Zionsville. Additionally, I\u2019ve learned that one of best places to fly-fish is right here in our own Eagle Creek. Fly-Fishing Promotes Tourism in Zionsville I spoke with Mike Exl, the general manager and co-owner of Moving Water Outfitters. Exl also operates a guide service that takes people out to three Indiana rivers: Sugar Creek, Tippecanoe River and the White River. But as Exl shared, one can have an enjoyable experience at Eagle Creek, without leaving town limits. \u201cWe started this in May 2018,\u201d Exl said. \u201cI\u2019ve been involved with the fly-fishing industry for a number of years. Snodgrass and I focus on not only demystifying what fly-fishing is but also on the educational aspects of it.\u201d Exl explained that there are a myriad of potential educational opportunities working with the local schools and youth\u2014teaching about local ecosystems and river systems. He added, \u201cAdditionally, there are opportunities that come with fly-fishing such as travel and new experiences.\u201d As word has spread throughout the region about the town of Zionsville\u2019s accessible parks that lead to the creek and its efforts in stocking rainbow trout, Exl shared that people come from an hour or more, even out of state, to fly-fish here and afterward, they enjoy a meal or other activities in town. Exl shared that until the state\u2019s lockdown due to COVID-19, a filming crew was poised to film part of a fly-fishing film here in Zionsville. It has been postponed, but Exl is hopeful the crew will want to return to Zionsville when they are permitted to begin production again. \u201cIt\u2019s pretty cool that we\u2019ve got this neat little creek that\u2019s getting all this attention,\u201d Exl expressed. \u201cFrom an angler standpoint, the trout are stocked in the fall and this gives people an opportunity to fish this creek essentially all year-round. With some of Zionsville\u2019s parks\u2014especially Starkey Park\u2014you have access to this gem , and it\u2019s a great resource that\u2019s in the heart of the town.\u201d Stocking the Creek With Rainbow Trout Has Become a Community Tradition For the past two Novembers, rainbow trout has been stocked as a result of former Zionsville Mayor and resident Tim Haak\u2019s initiative to obtain a stocking permit from Indiana\u2019s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and with the assistance of local enthusiasts who contributed to the budget last fall. \u201cSince I was a kid, I have been fishing,\u201d Haak shared. \u201cAfter college, I lived in the mountains of Colorado for five years and connected with a fly-fishing guide up there who taught me how to fly-fish. I like fly-fishing because it's fun to learn and fairly easy once you get the hang of it. We worked it out with DNR to obtain a permit and stock the creek, which has created quite a buzz in the community here locally, throughout Central Indiana and even regionally.\u201d Haak continued, \u201cThe economic impact speaks for itself and more than pays for itself. I know it\u2019s generating business for the guys down at Moving Water Outfitters, and we know for a fact that people are coming into town, going to lunch, looking around and doing other things while they\u2019re in town.\u201d Zionsville's current mayor, Emily Styron, in a press release dated November 12, 2020, announced that her administration is continuing the tradition of stocking Eagle Creek with trout. http:\/\/www.zionsville-in.gov\/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID361 Free Clinics and Private Lessons for All Levels Exl and his fellow instructors at Moving Water Outfitters offer free clinics that run about two hours in length on Saturday mornings and some Tuesday evenings\u2014four to six times a month. Fly- fishing is a wonderful pastime to spend collecting one\u2019s own thoughts or spending quality time\u2014outdoors\u2014with family. \u201cOur typical class size has downsized because of , but a typical class is about five to six people,\u201d Exl said. \u201cIt\u2019s a quick introduction to the difference between conventional fishing and fly-fishing and the equipment. We get people out there casting and afterwards, they are able to go out actually fly-fish on their own. We do offer more advanced and private lessons. We understand that this hobby can be intimidating to a lot of people, and it unfortunately has an elitist stigmatism. If you break it down, it\u2019s just a different way to fish, and it doesn\u2019t matter if you fish for trout, bass, blue gill or ocean fish. We provide the equipment, and all we ask from individuals is that they show up willing to learn and to see what they can do with this form of fishing.\u201d Exl concluded, \u201cWhat I enjoy most about fly-fishing is that you\u2019re always learning. It keeps your mind sharp while fishing in moving water. It\u2019s not as passive as conventional fishing\u2014you\u2019re actively casting and moving around. It\u2019s a great way to get outside, enjoying the outdoors, especially with all of this going on, it's a good way to recharge the batteries\u2014mentally.\u201d For more information on Moving Water Outfitters, their products, clinics and more, visit mwoutfitters.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.