Rods and Reels
One of my favorite rods, whether rigged up with a floating line and indicator or a "chuck and duck" rig, is my custom Rainforest II 10'~8 weight.  It has the backbone needed for moving heavy, violent Kings as well as soft enough if needed to fish low water steelhead with 6# test tippet.  Armed with a Lamson Reel and a couple of extra spools, I'm ready for any specific application.  This particular rod is a 3 piece.

For the lighter traveler you can not beat Sage's 4 piece 10'~8 weight Z-Axis.

The 10' rod casts farther with ease, whether chucking lead or roll casting an indcator rig.   It also enables you to keep more line off the water, creating "less" belly in the line.
  • Two pair of wool/heavy thermal socks
  • One pair of long underwear. Your 1st layer with wicking capabitlites like a thinner polypropolene.
  • One pair of long underwear of a heavy grade fleece for your outer layer
  • Long underwear poly top
  • Heavy shirt
  • Heavy fleece pull over
  • Quality hooded, rain jacket that's "water-proof" NOT water-resistant
  • Polarized Sunglasses (amber colored preferred)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • 1 Small "roll top" water proof "dry bag" for camera and extra change of under clothing and extra fleece on those colder than ususal days, or an unexpected "dip" in the river.
  • Two pair of wool fingerless gloves
  • Hat with brim
  • Michigan Fishing License
Gearing Up

With the extreme fluctuations of spring and fall, cold weather gear is a must, as well as good quality rain gear.  Often I find customers with "stocking foot" waders, whether it be neoprene or gortex, fitted with wading boots that are geared for the summer.  With the tight fit, and cold weather...cold feet are next in the equation.  Insulated, neoprene, boot-foot waders with a thinsulate value of 1000 or more and a size larger than normal, provide adequate room for two pair of wool socks and plenty of "wiggle room", to keep you warm on a 20 degree or colder morning, or a spring "snow storm"..

Fishing all winter, I love my  boot foot neoprene's, they keep my feet toasty!  When we start seeing 45 degree days, I get back into my Simms, gortex waders.

Quick Tip:  If you haven't worn your wading shoes all winter, they have probably shrunk and feel 2 sizes smaller.  Soak them in warm water for an hour, they will 'relax' and go on very nicely.

With this in mind, here's an appropriate list of "guide wear" clothing that goes on under the waders:

Click here to print a packing list



Late March on the PM