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Mad River Outfitters is the go-to store for all fly-fishing needs, including equipment, tying supplies, guide services and on-river advice. It's the only authorized Orvis dealer in Central Ohio -- and home to great stuff from other brands, too.
During the past several years, I've gotten tons of tips and nearly all of my supplies here. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the kind of place every angler recommends to his friends.
Mad River Outfitters 813 Bethel Rd., North Side 614-451-0363 madriveroutfitters.com
View larger image Vices, hackles, hooks and fibers of all kinds line the fly-tying section. Everything you need for dries, nymphs, streamers and saltwater patterns is here.
View larger image If you're not down with creating your own, the store has plenty finished ones. Basics like Clouser minnows, woolly buggers and royal coachmen lie waiting, and the store stocks current hatches on the Mad River.
View larger image Spey, trout, panfish and steelhead rods range in price from $100 kits to $800 sticks.
View larger image The store also stocks outerwear, waders, gloves, vests and other gear.