About Us

ReelFlyRod is the premier fly shop in the Midwest, and one of the largest online fly fishing retailers in the U.S. We also have the friendliest, most knowledgeable Pro Staff you will find anywhere. Our Dayton fly shop is a fun, relaxing place to visit and sports a large casting range to try out all your favorite rods. Our 2600+ sq.ft. fly shop is packed with everything you could ever want, from all the finest brands in fly fishing. We offer free casting lessons, free fly-tying classes, formal fly fishing instruction, and professionally guided trips on the southern Ohio river systems.

Our mission is to provide you with the absolute BEST customer experience every time, and to maximize your success on the water. We excel at working with new anglers to help shorten the learning curve. We want to go well beyond just selling gear, and way beyond what other fly shops are willing or able to do. Our #1 goal is to become your ‘go-to’ fly shop for everything you need, and for you to be so impressed with your customer experience that you will send all your friends our way. That has been our secret recipe for success since 2006, and why we have grown into one of the largest, most respected fly shops in the world. ReelFlyRod specializes in custom tailored fly rod outfits and is the only fly shop in the world with the Custom Fly Rod Outfit Builder. We also offer free professional rigging, both freshwater and saltwater, of ALL reels and outfits that go out the door, so everything is ready to fish right out of the box. All orders ship Free in the U.S., and our international customers receive Free Shipping on orders of $500 or more.

Please stop by the shop if you are in the Dayton area, we would love to see you! For all our online customers, please pick up the phone and give us a call toll free at 1-855-434-8472. We’d love to hear from you! You can also reach us 24/7 at info@reelflyrod.com. A huge thank you to all of our loyal customers and our new customers too! You are the reason we are here, and it is our pleasure to serve you.

Your ReelFlyRod Pro Staff,

Todd, Parker, Kyle, Joey, Jacob & Ryan




Todd Mikesell, Owner

Todd has more than 35 years experience fly fishing and grew up fishing for trout, steelhead, and salmon in northern Michigan, which of course ultimately led to chasing bonefish, permit and tarpon in the Florida Keys and elsewhere. Todd is a former financial executive that left the corporate world behind to start ReelFlyRod in 2006. Our business is founded on taking excellent care of each and every customer, in a friendly, knowledge-filled environment, while going above and beyond each customer's expectations. We welcome those new to fly fishing and generously share our wealth of knowledge to help build a healthy fly fishing industry for everyone to enjoy. You may reach Todd directly at todd@reelflyrod.com.


Matthew Parker ("Parker"), General Manager/Head Guide

20+ years Growing up fishing the banks around Ohio chasing smallmouth, browns, and silver chrome, his knowledge and expertise of the local area is far and few between. He has lived and fished extensively in Florida, and worked out West as a professional guide. Parker graduated college as a Wildlife Biologist, where he worked for a decade before joining ReelFlyRod. Parker has fished in over 45 states and a several other countries. Parker is the General Manager of ReelFlyRod and Head Guide/Instructor. As an obsessed gear head, he is always testing out the latest gear. You can reach Parker at email parker@reelflyrod.com.

Kyle Brown, Shipping Manager/Customer Service

Kyle has been an integral part of the ReelFlyRod.com company since the inception. Kyle is our #2 here at the fly shop. Whether it is making sure your order arrives on time, or placing an order with us, Kyle has you covered. Kyle is our soccer fanatic and if he is not on the river with our crew, he is often playing in a soccer league. We are very thankful to have Kyle aboard. If should have any questions about our products or general questions, please email him at kyle@reelflyrod.com


Jacob Goetz, Customer Service/Guide

Jacob is the integral part of our customer service and shipping department. Stopping into the fly shop weekly, we just had to give this young man a job. Jacob grew up locally chasing the warm water species. If there is a smallmouth, largemouth, carp, or musky, you better believe Jacob has found a way to catch it. Jacob puts in as much time on the water as anyone here in the fly shop. If should have any questions about our products or general questions, please email him at jacob@reelflyrod.com.


Joey Penry, Customer Service/Guide

Joey is a serious angler. When he is not working at the shop, he is usually off chasing trout, steelhead, bass, or musky. Of course, that's when he's not fishing another famous river out west, living out of his tricked out van. Joey is an expert is most things outdoors, including fly fishing, hiking, and camping. If you have questions about targeting certain species or anything related to gear, Joey is your guy. You can reach Joey at  joey@reelflyrod.com.


Ryan Trojanski, Customer Service/Shipping

Ryan is our newest team member and is deeply passionate about fly fishing. Ryan is on the water more days than we can count, playing with all the latest gear, and more often than not, landing fish that make the rest of us jealous. If you are fishing warm water species, this guy knows his stuff. You can reach Ryan at  ryan@reelflyrod.com.