Meet Mike Exl, one of owners and general manager of Moving Water Outfitters.
How long have you been fishing, and how did you get started?
I started fishing when I was 3. I was lucky to grow up on a decent size lake in Northwest Indiana. Both my older brother and father fished, and I just followed.
If you had the day off, where would you head to fish?
It would depend on time of year, if it is October-April I’m definitely heading north to chase steelhead in Michigan. During the summer, any of the locals waters to chase carp.
What is your perfect fishing day?
My idea of a perfect day for fishing is standing in a river with steelhead during late fall. Little to no wind, air and water temp in the low 40s and a light rain. Swinging flashy streamers on a two-handed rod and just waiting for that tug on the line.
Favorite fishing outfit:
This is a tough one, so I’m going to say I have 2 actually. For swinging flies for Steelhead, I love my Sage 7126-4 Igniter paired with a RIO Skagit loaded on a 9 Plus Hatch Reel. For fishing locally, it would have to be my Sage 276-4 DART, RIO Creek fly line, and 2 Plus Hatch Reel. I have used this rod for just about everything that swims around here, including Carp. It is just so much fun to fish.
Favorite fishing destination:
Michigan, close to home, and you can literally fish for almost anything up there.
Wading, kayak, or boat?
Favorite activity when you’re not fishing:
Tying flies to go fishing
Favorite ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie
I love history, especially World War II, I have a collection of books that were my grandfather’s and I love reading through them.