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Todd Mikesell

Todd Mikesell

    POSITION: Founder, Owner

    BIO: Todd learned to fly fish almost 40 years ago as a teenager on the Pere Marquette River in northern Michigan, spent a lifetime chasing warm water species all over, and still returns to northern Michigan often in pursuit of trout, steelhead, salmon, grouse, and woodcock. Todd eventually discovered the saltwater flats and fly fishing morphed into a entirely new ballgame. When Todd is not working at the shop, you'll find him up in northern Michigan or down in the keys chasing bonefish or tarpon.

    A lifelong Ohio native, Todd grew up in the Toledo area and attended Ohio University, earning a B.S. in Finance. He spent most of his career as a financial executive, before deciding to leave the corporate world behind. In 2006, Todd started ReelFlyRod, building customized fly rod combos and selliing them as perfectly matched, ready to fish outfits. Over the past 15 years, ReelFlyRod has grown into one of the largest, most respected fly shops both in the USA and around the world.

    Todd and his wife of 28 years, Melissa, live in Centerville, Ohio and have 3 boys and 1 girl, ranging from teen to adult. 

    FAVORITE RODS: Scott Centric1006/4 (Streamers), Sage X 967-4 (Largemouth, Lakes), Scott Fiberglass 6224 2wt (Small Creeks), Winston Air 2 904/4 (Technical Dries), Sage ESN 3106-4 (Euro Nymph), Scott Sector 908/4 & 909/4 (bonefish, permit, redfish), Sage Trout HD 2109-4 Microspey (tons of fun:)

    FAVORIITE REELS: Bauer RVR 4/5, Nautilus X-Series, Abel SDS, Hatch Iconic, Litespeed M8, Abel TR, Orvis Mirage  

    FAVORITE FLIES: Two of Todd's favorite sayings are "go big or stay home" and "big fish eat big flies." So yeah, maybe he's a streamer guy that catches fish smaller than his articulated fly. If Todd had to fish the rest of his life with just one fly? Black BH wooly bugger. If he got to choose two flies? Easy...Umpqua deer hair mouse at night!

    FAVORITE SPECIES: Tarpon, no question. The game happens so fast and they're unbelievably powerful!  

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