East Lansing

Our East Lansing fly fishing shop is located at 2850 East Grand River Ave East Lansing, MI 48823 next to Coral Gables Resturant just east of campus.  517-349-6696.  We have been outfitting anglers with fly fishing gear since 1989 in our Mid-Michigan location. 

MEET OUR EAST LANSING TEAM

Travis Allarding


Travis Allarding

My dad and grandpa took me down to the lake and handed me a fly rod for the first time when I was 11 years old. They showed me the basics and set me loose. I wasn't exactly a "natural" but I practiced a lot that summer. As I got older I started fishing the upper Grand River quite a bit with conventional gear and tackle. I moved to Colorado for 4 years after a 6 year stint working the family business. I moved there to snowboard but quickly rekindled my passion for fly fishing. As soon as I moved back to Michigan I started  soliciting my local fly shop, like a lot. I've been through most of the phases of fly fishing ; nymphing and dries for trout, indicator and swing fishing for steelhead, and BIG streamers for most everything else. My passion lies with the smallmouth bass but the brown trout is right up there too. I love fishing the Grand River all summer for smallmouth. When I want to get my trout fix I head north to either side of the state. The Au Sable, The Manistee and The Pere Marquette are my favorite places to float my drift boat.

When asked about some of his favorite gear...these were his picks:

  • For streamer fishing smallies I love my Orvis Helios 2 in a 7wt if I'm fishing smaller streamers or an 8 wt for everything big.
  • I have been really giving the Orvis Recon 7wt a workout popper fishing and I love it.
  • The Orvis Recon 8wt has been my favorite carp rod as of lately. When I'm chasing trophy trout with xl streamers and heavy sink tip lines I prefer a faster rod.
  • The Sage One in an 8wt is a cannon and I love it for distance.
  • I really really dig the Sage Method 8wt too. It's really fast and very accurate.
  • Love my Orvis Helios 5wt for fishing dries paired with a Sharkwave GPX taper from SA. I beef it up to a 6wt for after dark stuff.
  • The Orvis Recon in a 7wt with the Rio Lumilux 8wt line is my preferred mouse setup. But a SA mag taper is nice too without the glow.
  • I'm loving my Korkers Whitehorse. 2 different pair 6 or 7 seasons.
  • Patagonia Rio Gallegos zip fronts are sweet in the colder weather.
  • Still love my Orvis Silver Sonics for summer time tho.
  • My Patagonia Salt Wading Jacket is awesome and I always use stripping gloves.
  • Lines: SA titan taper for warm water surface. Rio outbound short intermediate sinking for sub surface
  • Trout lines: SA coastal express 250, Streamer express 300/ rio 300, floating lines- sharkwave gpx, rio lumilux.
  • Steelhead/salmon: rio indicator 2.
  • Reels: 3-tand tf-70 for my warm water stuff. Love em. For my big game stuff-carp/steelhead/salmon I have an orvis mirage 4, my trout streamer reels are orvis hydros. Super solid. I run a nautilus fwx on my 5wt. Super smooth.

 Ben Cummings

Ben Cummings

I went to Msu for 4 years. I was part of the Msu fishing club for all 4 years and served as the president for 2 years. I have been fishing for my entire life and fly fishing for 16 years.  Avid fly tier. Favorite rivers are Ausable, Pere Marquette and grand river. Favorite fish to catch are Steelhead, trout and smallmouth. 
 
Currently have Simms G3 waders with Korkers boots. 
 
When asked about some of his favorite gear...these were his picks:
 
  • Steelhead- Simms TCX 11'6''  7 wt switch rod with a 7 plus hatch reel with rio switch line. 
  • Smallmouth: Orvis Clearwater 7 wt 9' with 7 plus hatch reel with either an intermediate or floating line. 
  • Trout: Orvis H2 6 wt 9' with an Orvis hydros III reel with a floating line.

Aaron Pride 

Aaron Pride 

I am an Okemos High School grad, now attending MSU. When I'm not fishing, I perform around the Lansing area as a folk singer-songwriter "Monte Pride II".  Feel free to check out some of my music at https://montepride.bandcamp.com/releases.

I have fished in Florida for redfish, snook, and tarpon, along with the classic Michigan rivers for steelhead and trout. My favorites are Mid-Michigan's warm water rivers; the Grand, Red Cedar and Sycamore Creek for smallmouth, pike, and carp.

When asked about some of his favorite gear...these were his picks:
 
Trout:
  • Clearwater 9' 5wt
  • Orvis Battenkill (Old Mid-Arbor)
  • Rio Gold
 
Steelhead:
  • Helios 2 10' 8wt
  • Hatch 7 plus 
  • Rio Indicator II 
Warm Water:
  • Helios 2 9' 7wt
  • Nautilus FWX 7/8
  • Scientific Anglers Titan Taper
 
Waders/Boots:
  • Orvis Silversonic 
  • Korkers Whitehorse

 Matt Richter

Matt Richter

I am currently a student at Michigan State University as well as an avid fly fisherman.  I grew up fishing the west side of the state for smallmouth, pike, and a variety of other warm water species. Slowly I've expanded my horizons, and now find myself dry fly fishing, and targeting trout more than ever. For me, every aspect of fly fishing is a challenge, and no challenge is out of reach. From tying just the right fly, to effectively setting the hook on a hungry fish, it's all just part of the game. I like to try the gear out that we have in the shop...all of it. 

When asked about some of his favorite gear...these were his picks:

  • Lamson Reels
  • Fishpond Packs
  • Patagonia Waders