Fly fishing guide and outdoor photographer Daniel Shepler shares his favorite gear 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.

Sometimes the gear of a sport captivates us before we’ve even tried the sport itself. Somehow the gear speaks to us, represents something about ourselves, affirms something about who we want to be, who we are, reminds us how we want to spend our days.

Gear can be a gateway to a whole new and wonderful part of our lives, and few sports have more enchanting gear than the sport of fly fishing.

The flies speak beautifully and artfully of water and life. The rods are wispy and elegant, but also sinewy, strong and resilient. And there’s all that other … stuff. The feel of a good knife in the hand. The whir of line spooling off a reel. The satisfying closing click of a well-made fly-box. Here we asked Daniel Shepler, fly fishing guide and outdoor photographer, to assemble a collection of gateway gear, a mix of classic collectible and state-of-the-art to fuel your own dreams of life well-lived.

Top  Northern Michigan Fly Fishing Gear

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This article was originally featured in the May 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.


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Photo(s) by Daniel Shepler