Grand Rapids

Our Grand Rapids fly shop is located just North of I-96 next to the Tweisted Rooster resturant.  1600 East Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525.  616-805-4393.  We are located near the Rogue River, Grand River and Flat River.  We have a large selection of fly fishing gear and fly tying materials. 


Erich Gross

Erich Gross

I've been fly fishing for my entire life. In fact, my first experience fly fishing was before I could even walk. My dad used to strap me on his back in a baby carrier while he fished small spring creeks in Pennsylvania. The roots run deep. 

My passion really took shape during my early teens, when I could walk to Paint Creek in Rochester Hills, (my hometown), and catch trout after school. It provided a creative outlet as a teenager, and had a profound impact on the rest of my life. 
       
Eventually I moved to west Michigan to attend GVSU, and got my bachelors degree in advertising in 2011. It was here that I discovered steelhead. These fish were fascinating to me, and I spent countless hours pursuing them and trying to better understand their mysterious personalities. They continue to amaze me to this day, and each one I catch, I appreciate and deeply cherish. 
       
I've fished all over, both in the US and Internationally. The Bahamas, Florida Keys, Colorado (I actually fished there for 2 months straight once), Utah, Canada, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, etc. You get the idea. But my favorite fly fishing technique/scenario, is nymphing for large browns and rainbows out west. People always say they love dry fly fishing because it's so visual. To me, the most visually stimulating experience in fly fishing is seeing your indicator quickly sink, coming tight to a fish, and seeing a huge golden yellow flash at the bottom. It looks like a license plate undulating back and forth in deep water. Something about hooking a huge fish off the river bottom intrigues the hell out of me. 
 
 
When asked about some of his favorite gear...these were his picks:     
  • Trout: 9' 5wt Sage Accel, Sage 3250 reel, Rio Gold WF5F
  • Steelhead: 11'3" 7wt Mystic M-series Switch. Lamson Litespeed 3.5, Rio Switch line. 
  • Bass/warm water: 7 at Mystic Reaper, Lamson Remix 3, Rio 200 grain sink tip. (Essentially the same setup for trout streamer fishing)
  • As far as waders, Patagonia makes a phenomenal pair that's backed by one of the strongest warranty programs on the market. Patagonia, in general, is uncontested when it comes to technical clothing. They've got it figured out.
  • Simms makes the best boots. The G3 Guide Boots are basically indestructible. I've had a pair for close to 5 years, and they are still intact somehow. 
 

If you're ever in Grand Rapids, stop by the shop. I'm always in the mood for an intense fishing conversation.

Phil Cusey

 

Phil Cusey
 
Guiding has been my passion for over 20 years.  I especially enjoy the diversity of fish that can be pursued, with a fly, here in Michigan!  Whether working with a seasoned angler or a beginner, I am excited to be around others in this sport...my enthusiasm is top notch!

I fish the Muskegon River, Pere Marquette River and the Grand River for trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, pike and musky.  I am a licensed and insured guide.

I was the past president of the West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Michigan River Guides Association   
 
 
When asked about some of his favorite gear...these were his picks:
  • Orvis Rods;
  • Hatch; Orvis & Sage reels;
  • Rio lines;
  • Patagonia waders, boots and layering systems.

 



 Nathan Markham

Nathan Markham

I was born and raised in East Grand Rapids. I Graduated from East Grand Rapids High School and I am currently an accounting major at Grand Valley State University. When I'm not working at the fly shop I can be found life guarding at the local pool.
 
I started fly fishing when I was a freshmen in high school and I pick up a spinning rod maybe once a year. My favorite rivers to visit would be the Big Manistee and Little Manistee Rivers, where most of my family lives. Of course I hit the Rogue and Coldwater River because you can't beat anything so close. I started fly fishing on the Big Manistee for smallmouth, when my cousin handed me a fly rod and I have fly fished ever since

 
When asked about some of his favorite gear...these were his picks:  
  • My favorite current outfits would definitely be my Helios 2 9' 8wt.
  • I love to streamer fish and it is also my steelhead rod when I am not using a 10 or 11 foot rod.
  • I also love my Scott g2 9' 5wt with a Lawson guru that I use as my trout rod. It is an excellent dry fly rod.
  • My waders and boots I am currently running would be the Orvis Silver Sonic guide waders with Simms Rivertek Boa boots.


Drew Peklo
Drew Peklo

I started out fly fishing at the age of 13. I grew up learning how to fish on the East Side of Michigan on Paint Creek and the Clinton River for steelhead, trout and anything else that would bite a fly. I was fortunate to have some great mentors who brought me into this wild addiction of fly fishing. I was lucky enough to move to West Michigan after completing my BSN in Nursing at Michigan State University. If I am not working at the hospital you can find me in the shop or on a river.

I have fished all over the country primarily for trout and steelhead. I thoroughly enjoy fishing for all species of fish on a fly rod. If I had to pick my favorite way to fish it would have to be swinging flies for steelhead. There is nothing like a grab on swung fly! It is by far the most rewarding and exciting way to fish, and there are endless opportunities to accomplish this in our great state.

My favorite river to fish is the Muskegon in my Stealthcraft ATB. I also love to spend time on the Grand, Rogue, Pere Marquette, Manistee or AuSable.


When asked about some of his favorite gear/set-ups...these were his picks:

Swinging for Steelhead

  • 12’6 7wt Sage TCX with a Hatch Finatic 9 plus with a RIO Scandi Intermediate

Trout

  • Dry fly/Nymphing  9’ 5wt or 8’6 4wt Orvis Helios 2 with a Hatch 4 plus matched with a RIO Gold
  • Streamers 9’ 8wt Sage Method with Hatch 6 plus with a RIO 300grain sinktip
Waders/boots/Technical Clothing
  • I have owned many pairs of waders from Simms, Patagonia, Redington and Orvis. They all make great products but if I had to choose one it would be Patagonia.  
  • If you have ever seen me on the river I always am covered in layers of Patagonia fleece/down. It is hands down the best!
  • I love my Korker’s White Horse boots as they allow for versatility and versatility is a must in this great state!