Fly fishing guide and outdoor photographer Daniel Shepler shares his favorite new fly rods and reels for Northern Michigan fly fishing. His recommendations were originally featured in “Fly Fishing: For the Love of Gear” in the May 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.


Advances in graphite and plastics, and the never-ending march of “a better idea” puts good performance into a wide range of rods and reels.

Sage Pulse 6 Wt.
A fast action, high-performance rod that delivers enough power to cast a variety of flies with ease.
$450

3-Tand TF-40
An affordable reel with a serious drag system equipped to handle any trout around.
$189.95

Sage Click 4/5/6
A modern design, ultra-light reel with a large arbor for faster line retrieval.
$299

Redington Butter Stick 4 Wt.
Bridging the gap between old and new, this fiberglass rod allows you to delicately present dry flies with enough power to reach the rising fish on the far bank.
$249.95

Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip, Sink 4
7 wt. sinking line to help get your streamer down and in front of the fish.
$79.95

Redington Behemoth 7/8 Wt.
With the most powerful drag in its class and an incredible price point, this reel should find its way into your arsenal.
$109.95

Redington Vapen Black 7 Wt.
A fast-action rod with a non-slip PowerGrip handle that reduces hand fatigue and increases power—perfect for throwing large streamers for big fish.
$349.95


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Photo(s) by Daniel Shepler

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