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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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Photo(s) by Daniel Shepler