Fly fishing guide and outdoor photographer Daniel Shepler shares his favorite river-friendly wear 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.
Keeping dry, warm (or cool), bug free and comfortable … it’s all possible with today’s engineered fabrics.
Redington Sonic Pro Stocking Foot Waders
Articulated seams give you extra mobility, while the well-thought- out pockets are perfect for stowing flies and gear.
Simms Cuda Short Sleeve Shirt
Built to be worn on the river or around town. This slim fit shirt is a perfect summer choice for anglers who do more than just fish.
Simms Headwaters Boot
Lightweight, long-lasting, slip-resistant boots that are easy to slip on and off.
Rep Your Water Trout Socks
Designed to be worn under waders for a comfortable day on the water.
Provides exceptional grip and traction wherever your fishing adventures take you.
Simms G3 Guide Jacket
A Gore-Tex shell with microfleece-lined hand-warmer pockets and adjustable dry cuffs that keep water out when landing a fish.
Simms Fall Run Vest
Insulated with the highest warmth-to-weight ratio of any synthetic insulation around, this vest will keep you fishing when the temperature starts to drop.
Fishpond Nomad El Jefe Net
Durable, lightweight, and waterproof, this net can handle any fish you throw in it.
Classic Gear: Ed Cummings Net
Made by a Flint, Michigan–based craftsman, this classic net is an icon of Mitten-state rivers.
Simms Waypoints Small Hip Pack
Front compartment unzips to form a convenient molded-foam workstation with enough pockets for all the essential fly gear.
Fishpond Westwater Boat Bag
With enough room for extra clothes, fly boxes, and a sack lunch, this bag will keep your gear protected while in the boat.
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