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These intensive one-day classes are designed to take intermediate and better casters to the next level. Instructors are Bruce Richards and Ray Schmidt
General announcements from Schmidt Outfitters
Argentina is a special place, from the Golden Dorado of the North to the giant Browns of Patagonia.
Expand your fly fishing art collection. We carry an assortment of paintings, wood carvings, and more.
The Au Sable River in Michigan runs approximately 140 miles (225 km) through the northern Lower Peninsula, through the towns of Grayling and Mio, and enters Lake Huron at Oscoda. It is considered one of the best brown trout fisheries east of the Rocky Mountains.
Schmidt Outfitters lists used fly fishing tackle and equipment. Check out our bargains today!
Here is a wide selection of beads, eyes, cones and dumbell eyes to use on your fly patterns.
The Bear is the largest spawning tributary for migratory fish for the Manistee system, making it a very important river. It has great spring, summer and fall trout fishing.
Schmidt Outfitters' most popular travel destination is to the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize to fly fish for tarpon, permit, and bonefish.
1976 was a hallmark year for the fly fishing world. It was then that Ted Juracsik introducd his first anti-reverse Tarpon model reel designated the Billy Pate.
Cold, clean and excellant habitat for wild Brook trout and Michigan Browns. Great summer time hatches make this river a fly anglers delight. This is the birthplace of the world renoun Adams fly and a very historical trout river for nothern Michigan.
Bruce Richards, certified FFF casting instructor, offers advice in a series of articles ranging from accurate fly line casting to line flotation.
Our guides may be known as trout, steelhead, and salmon-lovers, but we also go after other fish species.
A wide array of premium dubbing for all types of flies and patterns.
Catch up on events at Schmidt Outfitters.
Our guide service can control many aspects of the fishing trip: clean watercraft, expert knowledge of the rivers and fish, respectful attitudes, and the best gear obtainable. Two things that cannot be controlled, however, are fish bite and weather. Understand our guide philosophy before booking a trip.
Clothing for the fly-fisherman from Patagonia and Wilderness Pro.
Luggage and gear bags designed for anglers from day trips to the vacation of a lifetime.
We offer performance clothing designed specifically for anglers!
Vest styles for the minimalist or the "serious bring everything to the river" fly fisherman.
Enter our ON-LINE STORE here. Our fly shop offers the best in fly fishing gear and equipment.
Our professional staff uses fly fishing gear bags and luggage everyday. Read these reviews before you make your next purchase.
Learn from the experts! We have compiled articles and step-by-step techniques that will make your fly fishing life easier.
Tying effective knots is paramount in fly fishing. Learn the most important knot tying techniques with our step-by-step instructions.
Quality fly lines from Rio and Scientific Anglers.
Understand the basics of fly fishing with articles pulled right from the Schmidt Outfitters Fly Fishing Manual.
Field and Stream's Summer 2006 issue rated us first. Find out why!
Need a getaway? Join us on our travel adventures to places like Argentina, Chile, Belize and the American Rocky Mountain Region.
Backing is essential for your reel and line set-up.
Schmidt Outfitters professional staff casts many different fly lines including Scientific Anglers and RIO. Read our reviews to find the best line for you.
A collection of famous Schmidt fly patterns with step-by-step instructions.
Reels from Hardy, Nautilus, Ross, Scientific Anglers, Sage, and Tibor.
Flyrods from Sage and Temple Fork.
High quality material and supples for the fly tier. Over 1500 in stock.
Everything for your fly tying needs. Enter our online materials store here.
Tools for your fly tying desk. Scissors, bodkins, lights, holders and more.
Keep abreast of the issues concerning the Great Lakes region.
The best in Michigan fly fishing for steelhead, king salmon, coho, trout and smallmouth bass.
Our guides spend an extensive amount of time on the water giving "swimming lessons" to flies, and as a benefit to you, have compiled articles imparting their observations.
Hair stackers are used to even the tips of hair used for creating streamer wings and when stacking deer hair. Aluminum in two sizes.
Kelly Galloup is one of the most innovative fly tiers today. We carry all of his best patterns at our shop.
Layering clothing is designed from a base layer, to a second or third layer under your waders or outer shells to keep you warm.
One of Michigan's "Blue Ribbon" trout streams, the Little Manistee flows northwest from it's spring source to Lake Michigan at the village of Manistee. This great trout river was one of Michigan's first to have a "flies only" section designated by Michigan's legislature.
The Manistee is considered to be one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rocky Mountains. It also offers some of the finest salmon and steelheading in the Great Lakes.
Schmidt Outfitters has five full time fly fishing-only guides, and provides professional guide services on many of Michigan's most famous rivers and streams.
Members premium services include patterns, content, video, and detailed reports .
Read articles about fly fishing and Michigan fish species.
Find out what's happening with our up-to-date Michigan fly fishing report.
Our waters are the finest in the midwest and known around the world.
Popular Michigan trout fly pattern instructions are in PDF format which makes them easy to print or email!
Come here to find out about the current events, latest news, product announcements and more.
Here are the current sale items and specials.
It was the first river in the country to be stocked with brown trout from Germany. While that fish is still present in numbers, and offers great fly fishing challenge, the river is nearly as well known for its seasonal migrations of Steelhead and Salmon.
The Pine River is the coldest, highest gradient river in Michigan's lower peninsula. Home to Brown, Rainbow and Brook trout, the Pine is one of our crown jewels. We are one of only two legally operating outfitters on the Pine's "Wild and Scenic" stretches of 26 miles.
These stylish shades will have you looking good and seeing the action.
With all the product changes and new releases, the question is how to keep up. Well, right here. Check here for the latest product news.
Every caster now has a great selection of affordable fly rods that can handle just about any condition.
Performance doesn't cost a fortune. Check out this great selection of reels.
RIO's fly lines are the result of a dynamic synergy between on-the-water experience and experimentation, input from guides, outfitters and fly fishers, and intense R & D at Rio.
The Sage 1800 series reels are proven performers at a unbelievable price. This is true value.
With Sage's exclusive floating tripod sealed carbon drag unit, one-revolution adjustment knob and elegant convex hub design, 3800CF series reels offer performance you simply can't find anywhere else in this price range.
The latest reel offering from Sage brings a sophisticated, high-performance drag system. The one revolution drag knob offers quick and precise drag settings and provides the kind of power and smoothness you'd expect from a large traditional drag system, only without the bulk.
Sage's all-new large arbor reel feature a notably larger-diameter spool and arbor for faster line retrieval and consistently smooth drag during battle.
This is Sages finest fly reel series. A serious upgrade from the former model.
The 99 is a light, perfectly balanced rod that casts like a 9-footer but fishes like a 10.
Perfect compliment to any rod, Sage high performance fly reels are the choice of many professional guides.
Sage offers the widest selection of premium fly rods available. Check out this impressive selection of quality rods.
Need precision and accuracy in a wide range of conditions? Choose Sage's ONE, their flagship "all-around" rod.
Sage's TCX series redefines the extreme distance category in rods. This series of rods is lightweight, strong, and powerful. The enhanced line feel and feedback mean intuitively better timing and an extraordinary level of casting ease for ultra-high-performance fly rods.
Sage offers a wide range of traditional and European style two handed fly rods for the spey casting aficionado.
Sage's ultra lightweight rod family for ultimate sensitivity. The most ideal rod for fishing tiny flies with ultra light tippets.
With Sage's exclusive SaltH2O Technology, Xi3 rods provide a groudbreaking level of torque and torsion resistance for superior tracking and less wasted energy at all distances. SaltH2O's unique layer interface and proprietary resin also combine for maximum strength--even in high heat environments--and significantly less weight.
We don't carry all the saltwater flies, only the best ones for tarpon, bonefish and permit.
First class. Conveniently located on our 10 acre facility.
In the history of every industry, one name usually stands out as the driving force behind its very existence. In fly-fishing, that name is Scientific Anglers™
For panfish to pike, Scientific Anglers fly lines are designed to handle every condition from dry flies to large streamers and lake fishing.
Saltwater lines are for everything from bonefish to billfish. Floating, shooting, multi-tip and sinking fly lines for every destination and condition.
With cutting-edge angling technology that is revolutionizing the sport, the Sharkskin Series provides the ultimate casting experience.
Shooting lines from Rio and Scientific Anglers
Northern Michigan presents many options for fishing smallmouth bass on the fly.
Lines from Rio for all spey fishing applications. Floating spey lines to the Skagit Series lines, we have your spey needs covered.
Interested in spey fishing? Read articles written by our resident guides, as well as local Spey Bums, who live for two-handed rods.
Steelhead are a major draw to fly anglers in Michigan.
We carry streamer patterns designed specifically for Michigan and the Great Lakes region, with many designed by Ray Schmidt.
Check out our exclusive on the water technical reviews
Affordable and high performance was hard to find before TFO came on to the rod scene. Now you can have both.
Terminal means stuff that is fairly often lost to the river...leader stuff, swivels, etc.
View photos of this clean and comfy house available for nightly rental at Schmidt Outfitters.
Thermometers are a necessary tool to determine hatch conditions and fish activity. An essential tool for the serious angler.
Simply the best American made reel on the market today. The Tibor/Billy Pate name has set the standard for custom crafted fly reels.
Suitable for 3 to 9 weight rods in both fresh and saltwater conditions, even the most fragile tippet can be fished with confidence. Their superbly smooth drag systems deliver unmatched performance against anything from an 8 inch brook trout to a 30 pound tarpon.
Innovations like the large arbor spool significantly increase the rate of line retrieval and give anglers greater control of reel-smoking species like bonefish, permit, wahoo, and tuna. The impregnated cork disc drag system delivers strong, smooth, and reliable performance on the water.
We carry a nice selection of dry flies, hex flies, and attractor patterns perfect for trout fishing.
Tube flies are increasing in popularity.
Tube flies are gaining popularity in northern Michigan. Our staff has compiled some tips and techniques for more effective tube fly fishing.
This is one amazing tool that you simply use in your current fly tying vise. Click on and read more about it...
In addition to fly fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout, we offer day trips for some of the finest in North woods Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock hunting.
These breathable waders are the guides choice. Come see why.
Wading belts and staffs are important safety items. These products provide maximum performance, and yes, even style.
We now carry Chota wading boots. We are updating the products for the new season.
Designed to keep your flies dry even if dropped in the water or when you take a spill. Rigid cases wont get crushed.
Whip finishers are used to create simple finishing knots on your fly head.
Womens waders are designed with a womens body in mind. Comfortable breathables with all the great features.
3-D Molded Eyes
Molded 3-D Eyes peel and stick to provide contour and depth to your fly patterns. 20/pkg.
They are perfect for removing flies and where ever a clamp is needed. Famous Dr. Slick quality with a cool color!
A basic fly tying vise at a great price.
If you're looking for a line that casts like a Skagit Compact, but wishes like a straight floater, the Rage Compact is the line you're looking for.
Skagit lines were originally developed by the steelhead rats of the Pacific northwest to get flies in front of fish regardless of environment. These short, high power heads have the ability to make a cast in tight confined spaces, which often means the difference between success and failure. As with any line, the shorter the head, the more critical the weight.
The Skagit Intermediate gets you below the surface and into more even, mid-strata flows, allowing for a smoother, more direct fly presentation.
Protect your stripping fingers from fly line abrasion and clean the line at the same time with the patented Stripee.
Don't use your teeth to trim tippet--use a nipper
Angora Goat is a natural seal substitute.
This translucent and reflective trilobal fiber adds sparkle to any fly body. Use by itself or blend with other dubbing.
Multi trilobal filaments in a single strand yarn with bright highlights used for parachutes. Overbodies, legs, tails, and trailing shucks. Similar to Z-Lon.
Soft, lively hair popular for small streamers and salmon flies.
A sparkling 3 strand acylic yarn with many uses, especially good for caddis pupae and crab patterns.
A perfect blend of guard hair and soft underfur combined to make this an awesome nymph dubbing.
Well marked hair for streamer wings and saltwater collars.
Premium quality half rabbit skin pre-cut into zonker strips. Makes beautiful zonkers. double bunnies, sculpins, dahlberg divers, tarpon bunnies, and bonefish flies.
Barred, Beautiful, soft tanned Rabbit Strips, expertly cut to meet specific tying needs. Magnum used for two-tone big trout, bass, pike, and saltwater flies. We use these for the Articulated Sculpin pattern.
The Billy Pate Bonefish is a classic anti-reverse design for 7-8-9 weight rods.
The Billy Pate Salmon is a classic anti-reverse design for 6-8 weight rods.
The Billy Pate Tarpon is a classic anti-reverse design for 10-12 weight rods.
A historical streamer trout fly that imitates a minnow.
For quick access of up to 24 cans of your favorite beverage, the Blizzard combines multi-layer construction and rugged materials to create a great cooler.
With its streamlined profile, eleven interior storage pockets and two zippered main compartments, the Blue River is the perfect alternative to a bulky vest. A customer favorite!
Use this flexible, stretchable material for nymphs, shell backs, wing cases and caddis larva.
The parachute version of the orginal Borchers Special.
These baitfish patterns are the best we've seen and used. They bring big saltwater fish running!
Cactus Chenille is similar to Estaz Chenille
- Great Support
- EVA Sock Liner
A lightweight but heavy-duty wading shoe that is sized to fit over sock waders for all-day comfort and support.
A tough box to neatly store streamers, poppers, and saltwater flies.
Organize your streamers with with this tough fly box.
Add a taper and weight to your fly. 24/pkg.
Crosseyed Cones with tape inserts for added realism for your conehead buggers and streamers. 10/pkg.
Lifelike eyes to give your shrimp or crayfish patterns an authentic appearance. 5 colors 12/pkg.
Pre-formed egg balls with flash. Dyed in bright salmon and steelhead colors. 12/pkg.
Crystal Mirror Flash comes in red, orange, pearlescent, and peacock black.
The Daiichi 1100 is equivalent to Tiemco 100, Mustad 80000BR, Orvis 4864
The Daiichi 1150 is similar to the Mustad 80200BR, the Orvis 8891, and the Tiemco 2457
The Daiichi 1180 is equivalent to the Tiemco 5210, the Mustad 94840, and the Orvis 1523.
The Daiichi 1280 is similar to the Dai-Riki 730, the Mustad 94831, the Orvis 1638, and the Tiemco 5212
The Daiichi 1530 is similar to the Mustad 3908, the Orvis 1641, and the Tiemco 3769.
The Daiichi 1560 is similar to the Dai-Riki 060, the Mustad 3906B, and the Tiemco 3761.
The Daiichi 1710 is similar to the Dai-Riki 730, the Mustad 9671, the Orvis 1524, and the Tiemco 5262.
The Daiichi 1750 is similar to the Mustad 9674, the Orvis 0167, and the Tiemco 9395.
Alec Jackson Spey Fly Hook
Uses: Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon Flies
Uses: Salmon and Steelhead
Curved-shank salmon hook.
Uses: low-water patterns and salmon and steelhead dry flies
The Daiichi 2421 is similar to the Mustad 90240, the Orvis 1644, and the Tiemco 7989.
The Daiichi 2441 is similar to the Dai-Riki 899, the Mustad 36890, the Orvis 1645, and the Tiemco 7999.
Uses: Egg flies, Glo Bugs, and steelhead flies
The Daiichi 2571 is similar to the Tiemco 105.
Uses: Saltwater Flies
The Dai-Riki 060 is similar to the Daiichi 1560, the Mustad 3906B, and the Tiemco 3761.
The Dai-Riki 075 is similar to the Daiichi 1530, the Mustad 3908, the Orvis 1641, and the Tiemco 3769.
Uses: Scud/Pupa Hooks
The Dai-Riki 135 is similar to the Daiichi 1120, the Mustad 80200BR, and the Tiemco 2457.
Use: Egg Hook
Uses: Stimulators, hoppers, caddis, and nymphs
The Dai-Riki 270 is similar to the Daiichi 1270, the Mustad 80050BR, the Orvis 1510, and the Tiemco 200R.
The Dai-Riki 700 is similar to the Daiichi 2220, the Mustad 79580, and the Orvis 8808.
The Dai-Riki 700B is similar to the Daiichi 1730, and the Mustad 81002BR.
The Dai-Riki 730 is similar to the Daiichi 1710, the Mustad 9371, the Orvis 1524, and the Tiemco 5262.
These dyed over white deer belly strips are ideal for spinning bodies such as bass bugs.
Designed by Spey casters Mike Kinney and Bob Meiser, the Deer Creek Series of two-handed rods have casting properties that marry perfectly with modern Spey lines.
Dennis Potter's number one fly pattern!
Tempt trout with Dennis Potter's Skunk Hopper.
Syringe style clear epoxy dispenser. Devcon 5 minute epoxy is used for saltwater patterns, such as bonefish bitters, and epoxy head flies.
Doll eyes with audible black pupil provide sound and optic illusion to your bass bugs, trout flies and streamers. 36/pkg.
Dr. Slick has been know to make the finest in fly fishing tools and accessories. This nipper is no exception.
The highest quality hackle pliers on the market
Thses microtip scissors are designed for the detail work of your tying needs. Excellent for bugs size 14 and smaller.
The highest quality rotating hackle plier in the industry
The formulas of wax are odorless, colorless, and non-drying. The tube is the size of a common chapstick dispenser.
Popular sizes of lead eyes pre-painted with black pupil. 10/pkg.
The Dyna-King Barracuda vise is a favorite with rotary tyers around the world that will accommodate hooks ranging from 24 to 10/0
Small yet durable, made of stainless steel. Simplicity at its best.
Short length makes this perfect for creating dubbing loops and spinning dubbing onto your thread.
This is true premium elk hair soft tanned natural material. Many uses such as the famous elk hair caddis. Soft tanned and very clean.
Emu feathers make a very buggy addition for streamers, nymph legs, collars, hex flies, and stone flies.
Estaz materials used to wind like wet fly hackle. Very popular material for egg flies as well.
Great for low-light conditions. It glows!
Articulating flies couldn't be easier with the Fish Skull Articulated Shanks! Use to tie single-hook, two-hook, or stinger hook flies.
Fishair Streamer Fibers make an excellent big steamer fiber. A saltwater, pike, muskie, bass, and large fly favorite material.
A lumbar/chest pack designed to accommodate extra gear and accessories for long days on the water
Thin flexible tinsel with marabou-like action. Very popular as wing and skirt material.
Two-tone, gold on one side, silver on the other.
Fly Foam Sheets are designed for stamping or cutting out terrestrial bodies, adding foam to other dry flies and skating patterns.
Perfect viscosity. Penetrates threads fast and dries quickly.
This product meets U.S. Regulations for safety. Penetrates threads and dries clear.
Here is a perfect holiday gift for the new fly tier. Includes 5 premium tools essential for your tying desk.
Preformed foam bodies for tying spiders and ants. Great for panfish, trout and bass. 18/pkg.
Use Frog Foam on your favorite topwater flies.
The name might be strange, but the fly works!
This is Kelly Galloup's jointed Zoo Cougar.
Kelly has some weird names for his flies...this one is no exception. It is deadly.
Kelly Galloup ties this fly on a keel hook so it rides "hook up" to crawl over stuff.
This fly pattern has the best action of all of Kelly's big fish flies.
Ray Schmidt says this is a great articulated wool-head swimming minnow pattern.
This is Kelly's signature fly--for a good reason--big fish love this fly!
"World's Best Dry Fly Dressing"
Glo Bugs Yarn is the egg pattern tiers choice when it comes to making salmon egg flies for salmon and steelhead.
High gloss, heavy build head cement. Also a great cover coat for fluorescent lacquers. Thin with fl. thinner.
Mastery GPX is a Weight Forward floating line designed as an excellent general purpose fly line.
Grizzly Marabou is great for woolly buggers.
Jay's favorite tube blank for the "Squirrel Leech".
Assorted colors of vinyl connector tubing.
This two colored holographic material adds flash and color with just a few sprigs. Excellent 3D image for streamers and skirt material.
Used to size hackle for dry flies. Also show hook size. Mounts on vise stem.
Add weight and color to your flies with Hot Beads by Spirit River.
Add a splash of color and weight to your flies. Ideal for salmon and steelhead patterns. 15 per pack.
Partridge feather in loose in a 4X6 bag. Assortment of popular sizes for soft hackles and nymph legs.
Popular size of a unique dumbell eye for tying clousers, bonefish flies, streamers, etc.
The ends of the ice dub fibers are fused which makes it much easier to use for winging or fly bodies.
Alevin patterns are great for big trout.
Killer Caddis Glass Beads add a realistic color and air bubble to your caddis and emerger patterns. from 70+/pkg.
A coarse hair popular for parachute posts on dry flies. Also used in salmon flies, these are very clean, top quality tails dyed to vivid colors.
Combining traditional styling with innovative technology, the Metalhead is a high performance wading boot.
Wouldn't it be great to just change the soles on your wading boots instead of buying new boots? Korkers thought of this problem and conceived the OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System.
A wading boot that is both comfortable and versatile, the Redside will go wherever you do.
Great for clousers and saltwater flies. This flash material will reflect light from almost any angle. A must have in pearl, black, olive and the natural colors or choose the hot colors for those salmon and steelhead patterns.
A landing hand is a must-have in an angler's arsenal. It provides better grip when landing fish, while at the same time protecting the fish from scale loss.
A favorite accent material for tying big salmon streamers.
Long Angora hair twisted into a yarn. These long breathable fibers are best used for streamers and hairy nymph bodies.
Perfect for small nymphs to bulky stoneflies.
A really tough hook, 25 pack
Super sharp hooks.
Ray uses this material on the latest edition of his Salmon Snake. 100% Irridescent Fibers
Mastery Expert Distance by Scientific Anglers is a Weight Forward floating line designed as a smooth casting long taper fly line for long distance casting and great line control. We stock this line in hi-vis orange which is designed for casting instruction.
Designed specifically for fishing steelhead and salmon.
Mastery Series Tarpon Line is the ultimate shallow-water, low-visibility tarpon line.
Whip finish tool for any size fly
Maxima Ultragreen is a trusted leader material by serious fisherman everywhere. Mini Pack 110yd spools insure you won't run out of your favorite leader/tippet material.
Wide variety of colors for McFlyfoam for the ultimate egg pattern.
Medallion Sheeting makes a great wing material on spinners, duns, emergers and nymphs.
The Michigan Dry Skunk fly resembles top-water insects such as a hopper or stone fly which attract trout.
The Michigan Wet Skunk, designed by Earl Madsen, is a very effective attractor pattern for trout.
The Mickey Finn is one of the most famous streamer flies.
Very fine Krystal Flash material is perfect for midge patterns and accent on smaller flies. Fine diameter flash.
Adhesive Tech Mini High Temp Glue Gun for Egg Flies at our Fly Shop.
Reflective tinsel with color shifting, mirror-like properties create an iridescent, chameleon effect. A first of its kind tying material. Perfect for flashbacks.
Tiny, lightweight, plastic nymph eyes. Great on dragonfly nymphs and crawfish. 24/pkg.
A few hairs make a great stiff tail for dry flies.
Nautilus has raised the bar for reel performance and value with their CCF Series Reels. Free Shipping on all fly reels.
A smooth, light, large arbor reel
This received an Editor's Choice Award from Fly Fish America's 2007 Gear Guide.
Ozark Turkey Quill
A removable fly tying waste catcher that connects to your Peak vises.
Great for Matukas, Zonkers and many other streamers.
This is an upgraded version of the best of the best tarpon flies
A selection of colored plastic and brass beads.
Popular with spey fly tyers, Schmidt Outfitters now carries Polarflash.
Great for streamer bodies!
This is a full year membership to the Schmidt Outfitters members only areas. Save an additional 5% on all purchases for a limited time! Free Shipping on orders over $50.
Popular sizes of lead dumbell eyes 10/pkg.
Popular sizes of lead dumbell eyes with silver colored plating. 10/pkg.
Beautiful Soft tanned Rabbit Strips, expertly cut to meet specific tying needs. Approx. 3 feet/ package
Layering for cold weather is crucial in northern Michigan. The I/O Fleece Pant layers well under breathable waders, wicks moisture away from skin, and dries quickly.
Layer, layer, layer! This is the number one rule for cold weather fishing. The Convergence Jacket is made of stretch fleece and constructed with a chest pocket and handwarmer pockets. It wicks the moisture away from the skin and dries quickly. This is an ideal layering piece.
Stay comfortable on the river in cold weather with this versatile convertible mitt/glove hybrid from Redington.
Felt soled wading boots are still a popular choice. The Palix River Felt Wading Boot is comfortable and supportive.
Fishing in a place that does not allow felt sole wading boots? The sticky rubber sole on the Palix River Boot provides excellent traction for the hiking angler.
A popular wader at Schmidt Outfitters, the Palix River is a mid-priced, light-weight, quality wader.
The Pursuit is a smooth casting, high performance graphite fly rod ideal for the novice fly angler and can also make the perfect backup rod for rare fishing expeditions.
New from Redington: the Sonic Pro Wader
Can't bring yourself to plop down $500 for a new pair of waders these days? How about less than half of that for these Schmidt guide-tested and approved waders from Redington. Check the features, fit, function and warranty...we know what the answer is.
The weather in Michigan changes quickly. The addage, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" definitely applies. Being prepared for wet weather, even if you don't think it's supposed to rain, is important. The Stratus III Jacket is stylish (if that's important to you), waterproof, and breathable.
Wearing a wader belt is an absolute must on the water. A belt will keep your waders from filling with water if you fall in the river when you're fishing.
The Voyant series offers a powerful, fast-action blank which allows anglers to increase distance to their cast by carrying more line in the air and pick up more line off the water to change directions quickly.
Warm and versatile, these gloves are perfect for insulating cold hands while allowing direct contact with your finger tips.
Jaws designed to for hook sizes 4 thru 8/0
This has been called the natures camoflage. Lots of great usable feathers a great skin to have with many different uses.
For customers who want the very finest craftsmanship and ultra accuracy
The newest design and performance line from RIO
Designed especially for casting indicator rigs with ease--whether for trout or for steelhead.
From the pioneers of the modern spey fly lines--Skagit Spey Lines from Rio offer an easy to cast spey line for the Skagit-style spey casting.
Long Bellied weight forward line designed specifically for the casting demands of steelhead and Atlantic salmon fishing by RIO fly lines.
The best sinking tip fly line in the world whether you are streamer fishing for trout or using marabous for steelhead and salmon.
Try this T-14 spey set-up.
The standard trout leader for just about every anglers need.
RIO's VersiTip Fly Line allows the angler to select a variety of 15' tips to meet all fishing conditions from floating line to dredging the bottom.
Designed for places where delicate presentations are required in windy conditions.
Rio rounded up experts Simon Gawesworth, George Cook, Mike McCune, Scott O'Donnell, Dana Sturn, and Ed Ward to make a video about spey casting techniques.
The Roberts Yellow Drake fly is meant to imitate insects that appear on northern Michigan streams.
The Royal Coachman Streamer has been around for a couple of centuries.
For line size 5-6
For line sizes 7-9
For line sizes 9 and 10
For line sizes 5 and 6
For line sizes 7 and 8
For line sizes 9-10
For line sizes 3 and 4
For line sizes 5-6
For line sizes 7-8
Atlantic salmon, king salmon, baby tarpon, permit...beware!
Tarpon reel supreme or Spey line capable.
Sage's best! This is our favorite Steelhead reel. For lines size 7 and 8.
Wider than the original flashabou to fit the needs of the saltwater tyer. Each Strand is approx. 1/16" wide.
The perfect gift for the hard to shop for fly angler in your life. Good for any service or product we sell online or in the shop. Good till you use it.
Fish this fly slow and deep for trout and steelhead.
Unbelievable action on the swing brings steelhead to this spey fly
Our best all-around fly for big trout and smallmouth bass.
Jointed means action, action means more fish!
Traditional streamer in productive colors. You should have a couple in your box.
Egg patterns for steelhead, salmon and trout
This Hex Nymph is an upgraded version of the Schmidt's Hex Nymph that has been the standard Steelhead nymph for nearly 30 years
We added hot yarn butts to these flies for extra fish attracting color.
Parachute style big fish hex dry fly.
Available in 6 fish-catching colors!
Our original stinger hook streamer patterned after our Madonna streamer.
The fly that is changing the way fly anglers fish King Salmon
This is our number one steelhead pattern, period.
Mastery Series Bonefish Line offers unmatched performance in tropical conditions.
Keeps flies floating in a variety of temperature situations
No fly line is complete without backing on the reel!
Improve your fly line's floatation with Scientific Angler's Fly Line Dressing.
The Magnum Taper is designed for big flies.
The Textured Titan Taper loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies.
Excellent general purpose line for all weather
Intermediate sinking with loop
The Skagit Extreme Head has an extremely short and powerful taper for casting heavy sink tips.
The Skagit Extreme Intermediate Head is short and powerful for casting heavy sink tips.
Used in place of deer hair for those sinking sculpin type flies. This comes soft tanned in colors you can't find just anywhere. Pushes water and sinks quickly to get your flies down.
Give a unique fishy look. 5 bands for 23 legs/pkg.
Skagit Short Heads are designed for skagit-style casting with shorter rods--both single-handed and switch rods.
Hand selected prime tails, naturally barred. Used for wings and tails on flies from dries to salmon flies. A real natural material used in lots of patterns.
A watercolor print that showcases northern Michigan's Coho and Chinook Salmon, as well as the Steelhead.
Ray Schmidt and Kelly Gallop share techniques and tips for the Great Lakes steelheader.
Windproof Micro-Fleece Stow-A-Way Fleece Flip Mitt is ideal for your cold weather fishing needs.
This thermometer, jacketed in a protective metal case, measures stream temperatures in fahrenheit. Includes a pocket clip and lanyard ring.
Strung Marabou is the best selling marabou for fly tiers.
Strung Rooster Saddles dyed over white
Strung Rooster Saddle Natural Colors
Permanently Waterproofed. A 1.2 Denier. 1.5 staple synthetic material. This makes a fantastic tight body on dries for size 28 and larger. Great hatch matching colors.
Thin strawlike, water absorbent material excellent for nymph wing cases, scuds, sowbugs & crayfish.
System X Fly Box is a waterproof box that also floats with removable and interchangeable foam inserts.
A fast action rod series designed for presentation and distance, the BVK series combines strength and power--and affordability.
Smooth casting, powerful medium fast action rods.
A great searching fly, but this fly is a killer for Brook Trout
Thin Skin transparent wing material for wing cases, scud backs, sowbugs, shrimp, crayfish and caddis larva.
These strike indicators are easy to attach and adjust and stay in place on your lines.
This Thingamabobber includes a jam stop to prevent the strike indicator from slipping.
Designed for rods from 6-9 weight, this is an excellent choice for freshwater and light saltwater species.
Designed for rods from 7-9 weight, this is an excellent choice for freshwater and light saltwater species.
Designed for rods from 11-15 weight, this is an excellent choice for heavy saltwater species. Great for spey rod applications!
Designed for rods from 13-15 weight, this is an excellent choice for heavy saltwater species.
Designed for rods from 9-11 weight, this is an excellent choice for freshwater and light saltwater species. Great for spey rod applications!
Designed for rods from 3-4 weight, this is an excellent choice for freshwater and light saltwater species.
Designed for rods from 5-6 weight, this is an excellent choice for freshwater and light saltwater species.
Step up to the plate and give this rod a cast! This fast action rod will throw a tight loop and carry line like no other rod for the money.
"I would certainly rate this as one of the very best eight weight rods I have ever cast."-- Lefty Kreh
Every guide on our staff uses this nail knot tool.
Tempt those smallmouth bass with this foam Tullis bug.
Denser and more uniform than regular chenille. Both sizes are excellent for nymphs and woolly buggers.
Ultra GSP: the strongest fly tying thread on the planet!
A good general purpose thread
Danville's original chenille in alternating bands of color.
Alternating bands of danville's original chenille and tinsel chenille in great color combinations.
Translucent half round ribbing that has many uses for segmented bodies.
Pre-fishing treatment for flies, tying materials, leaders, and lines
Designed for women, the Redington womens willow river waders fit great, look good, and keep you dry for just 149.95. Free Shipping.
Beautiful barred gard hairs for streamer wings.
Kelly Galloup developed this simple but effective pattern. Recipe included.
The Zuddler is a great streamer pattern that is a cross between a Zonker and a Muddler.
Giant Beetles at the end of the world by Ray Schmidt
Giant Beetles at the end of the world
Brown Trout by Ray Schmidt
American history of the Brown Trout
Spey Rod Fishing -vs- Switch Rod Fishing by Ray Schmidt
Read Ray's account on this subject
The Importance of Travel Insurance by Ray Schmidt
Travel insurance provides peace of mind to travelers. Don't leave home without it!
Swing Fishing by Matt Barthels
As we move into November, river conditions and fish behavior begin to change. The last of the salmon have died off and the eggs that have flooded our rivers for the past two months have started to taper off. The diminishing amount of caviar around will have the steelhead in the rivers moving into sandier lies and looking for different food sources. This opens up the opportunity to utilize one of the most exciting techniques we use for steelhead--swinging.
Mousing by Matt Barthels
Spey Lines by Matt Barthels
With the two handed and swinging scene starting to gain popularity, there have been a lot of new developments in spey equipment. One of the largest areas of development is in spey lines and shooting heads. These are constantly changing and improving in both castability and fishability. Guide Matt Barthels explains the innovations that both Scientific Anglers and RIO have made for spey lines.
Spring Steelhead Techniques by Nick Homan
Oh, the joys of spring steelheading on the fly!
Cold Weather Fishing by Gary Melzer
Being prepared for Michigan's ever-changing spring conditions by showing up to the river with the correct clothing.
Chillin' and Grillin' by Gary Melzer
River guide Gary Melzer gives some grilling advice to boat anglers.
Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in Northern Michigan by Mark Knee
Don't overlook smallmouth bass fishing in late spring and early summer. Guide Mark Knee explains why the Big Manistee Watershed presents anglers with ample fly fishing opportunities for this aggressive fish.
Public Rights on Michigan Waters by Frank Opolka and John Leone
Follow these steps to minimize stress or injury to fish when practicing catch-and-release.
Two Wolves by R. Schmidt
A little story to put life in perspective...
Expectations for Booking a Fly Fishing Trip by Ray Schmidt
Here at Schmidt Outfitters, we can control many aspects of your fishing trip including respectful guide service, quality streamside meals, clean and comfortable watercraft, the best gear we can obtain, knowledge of the rivers and fish in our region, and clean lodging. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather or the fish bite.
Hook Keeper by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for making your own hook keeper on your rod.
Custom Tying Tapered Leaders by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for custom-tying a trout leader.
Surgeon's Knot by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying a surgeon's knot.
Tying the Blood Knot by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying a blood knot.
Dry Skunk by Ray Schmidt
The Dry Skunk is a trout fly native to Michigan. Earl Madsen of Grayling, Michigan designed this fly in the 50's. This a very good attracter dry fly. It looks like a stone fly, a grasshopper, and a host of other topwater bugs. We have it in four colors: black, olive, varigated brown/yellow, and hopper green.
Celebrating Michigan Flies and Tiers by Ray Schmidt
Michigan is rich in fly fishing history. Famous tiers like Carl Richards, Doug Swisher, Paul Young, Clarence Roberts, Earl Madsen, and Len Halliday are a few names on this list.Flies like the Roberts Yellow Drake, the Adams, the Michigan Skunk, and the Borcher's Special are a sample of great flies developed by the aforementioned tiers.
Although our guides have all of the rods, reels, and flies on board for your fishing trip, there are some items that you will need to bring with you.
It is important to have an understanding of regional hatches. The information in this graph includes information of the hatches in northern Michigan.
"Fryed" Fish by Ray Schmidt
The sac fry is an important stage of a fish's life. The emergence of the sac fry is important for the health and welfare of the fish, and also presents anglers with opportunities for catching steelhead and trout which feed on the small fish.
Fishing Kelly Galloup Streamers in the Great Lakes Region by Ray Schmidt
Kelly Galloup ties innovative streamer flies.
Hardy Reels Now at Schmidt's! by Ray Schmidt
We are proud to announce the addition of Hardy Reels to our product line-up.
Reel Parts and Preventative Maintenance by Ray Schmidt
Knowing the names of the reel parts and how to maintain them in the best working order can save a lot of frustration on the water.
Steelhead Fishing Preparations by Ray Schmidt
Prepare for migratory steelhead season with these equipment checks.
Mono Loop Knot by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying the Mono Loop Knot.
Improved Albright Knot by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying the Improved Albright Knot.
Mono Core Knot by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying the mono core knot.
Float System Set-Up by Ray Schmidt
Check out our set-up for using floats with your fly rod.
Rio Skagit Short Head Spey Line by Jim Haeck
The Rio Skagit Short (Head) is designed for "switch rods."
Jim Haeck's Guidewater Vest Review by James P. Haeck
We stock Patagonia's Guidewater Vest. Jim Haeck had a look and here's what he thinks about it.
Temple Fork's Deer Creek Spey 13' 7/8 Wt. by Jim Haeck
Our fly shop guy Jim Haeck tell you what he thinks about his new Deer Creek Series Spey Rod.
Jay Niederstadt's Spey Techniques by Jay Niederstadt
Jay Niederstadt loves spey fishing. He has devised some techniques that spey junkies need to know.
Perfection Loop by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying the perfection loop.
Using Rio T-14 by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for building a fly line with T-14.
The Giant Mayfly Hex Hatch by Ray Scmidt
The Hexagenia Limbata hatches in mid-June to mid-July.
Tribal Conservation Officers by Ray Schmidt
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians conservation officers can check for publics I.D.
Flying Ants and Trout by Ray Schmidt
Learn a more about this tasty trout treat.
Manistee River Logging by Ray Schmidt
This log was retrieved out of the Manistee River at Blacksmith Bayou.
What to Look for in a Fly Fishing School by Ray Schmidt
There are certain characteristics to look for in a quality fly fishing program.
Michigan Trout; Brookies, Rainbows, and Browns by Ray Schmidt
Michigan's trout hold a special place in history.
Spring Steelhead by Ray Schmidt
Michigan's spring steelhead season is a popular activity for fly anglers. Read about the history of Great Lakes steelhead.
Chota Stow-A-Way Fleece Flip Mitt Review by Schmidt Outfitters
Check out the new innovative fleece mitten from Chota Outdoor Gear!
Mastery Expert Distance Fly Lines by Ray Schmidt
Learn about this Scientific Anglers specialty fly line.
A Schmidt Outfitters fly pattern that should be in every angler's fly box is the Articulated Marabou Spey.
Developing Michigan Steelhead Flies by Ray Schmidt
Ray Schmidt has been fly fishing for steelhead for nearly 40 years. Ray has collaborated with many well-known fly tiers to design the most popular fly patterns in the Midwest.
Getting Started in Spey Fishing by Dr. Terrence Tatarchuk
Interested in Spey casting? Check out this series of articles by Dr. Tatarchuk with pointers on getting starting in this faction of fly fishing.
Selecting Spey Lines by Dr. Terrence Tatarchuk
Learn how to better select Spey lines from this very detailed article from a Northern Michigan Spey bum, Dr. Terry Tatarchuk.
Daiichi Fly Tiers Reference by Anglers Sport Group
Here is a comprehensive comparison chart of fly tying hooks from Daiichi. Handy reference on your fly tying desk or while shopping.
Enjoy some of the photos that we've taken of our guides and clients with smallmouth bass in 2013.
The spring, fall, and winter migrations of steelhead are a major draw for anglers in northern Michigan. Check out our photo album of some of the steelhead our guides and clients have landed in 2013.
Northern Michigan is home to some world-class trout fishing. Check out this selection of photos from our 2013 guided trout trips.
This knot is most often used to tie backing to a fly line.
Angler Instincts by Jay Niederstadt
Anglers instinct is what tell you which kind of water looks fishy, guides you where you cast goes, and tells you when to set the hook or change flies. Instincts to a spey angler develop differently than they do to a nymph fisherman. Water that swims a fly well on a sink tip may not fish well with nymphs at all.
Aquatic Entomology For Beginners by Schmidt Outfitters
Knowing which fly to choose to "match the hatch" is important. Read this little biology refresher course to reacquaint yourself with aquatic insect life.
Arbor Knot by
This is one of several knots that can be used to tie the backing to the fly reel.
Basic Fly Casts by Schmidt Outfitters
Learning to cast well requires knowledge of the casting process and individual practice. Read here about the most basic fly casts.
Basic Fly Lines by Schmidt Outfitters Staff
Beginners to fly fishing can become overwhelmed by the complexity of fly lines. Read an excerpt from our Fly Fishing School Manual to get an overview of the basic fly line including weight, taper, and type.
Boardman River Trips Available by Ray Schmidt
Float the Boardman River for wild brown trout, rainbows, and native brook trout.
Bottled Water and Michigan Resources by Ray Schmidt
Michigan state legislators are drafting changes to Michigan’s water laws and debating passage of the Great Lakes Basin Compact. Find out what is at stake.
Catch More Fish with Accurate Casting by Bruce Richards
Chile 2014 by
Paul Transue traveled to Chile for brown and rainbow trout fishing in early 2014.
Chile from the Pompas to the Rainforest 2014 by Paul Transue
Schmidt Outfitters is offering a breathtaking fly fishing trip to Chile/Patagonia for wild rainbow and brown trout.
Clinch Knot by
The Clinch Knot is used to tie the tippet to the fly.
Deer Creek Switch Rod Review by John Gouker, Fly Fishing Guide
Thinking about using a switch rod for steelhead fishing? John Gouker reviews the Temple Fork Deer Creek 7 weight, 11 foot rod.
Early Kings and Salmon Snake Tube Flies by Gary Melzer
Typically when we think of salmon fishing, we're looking into September, but some of the best and most exciting times can be in mid to late August. If you do fish for salmon on the river this time of year, you have to realize it is very unpredictable, that is to say that they may or may not be there. One day you may see a large pod of fish and the next, very few.
Egging by Matt Barthels
Big fish take precedence during the fall in northern Michigan, but don't forget about trout fishing.
Fishing Etiquette by Schmidt Outfitters Staff
Fly Fishing for King Salmon by Ray Schmidt
Ray Schmidt designed his Salmon Snake fly to tempt the migratory king salmon.
Fly Fishing Leaders by Schmidt Outfitters Staff
Leaders transfer the energy of the fly line into the movement of the fly being cast. Understanding how they work is an important part of fly fishing.
Fly Reels by Schmidt Outfitters Staff
Fly Rods by Schmidt Outfitter Staff
Gurglin' Trout by John Gouker
This is a new twist on an old favorite. Guide John Gouker has been experimenting with the Gurgler--for trout!
Indicator Fishing by Matt Barthels
November is probably my favorite time of year to target steelhead. Yes, the weather can be a bit unpredictable, but with the correct layering, any day can be comfortable. My favorite thing about November is that there are a variety of techniques that can effectively be used to target steelhead. Of course, drift fishing will always take fish, but fishing with a floating line and indicator will start to shine as fall moves into winter.
Jay Niederstadt's Fearless Flies by Jay Niederstadt
Logs and gravel have long struck fear in the hearts of anglers because those flies they spent tying in the winter end up being "donated" to the river. Jay Niederstadt's new tube fly technique will offer relief.
This is a diagram of the backing, fly line, leader, and fly and the knots that we generally use.
Nail Knot by
Learn to tie the Nail Knot using the Tie-Fast tool.
Nymph Fishing For Steelhead by Nick Homan
Fly fishing guide Nick Homan loves nymphing for steelhead. Learn more about nymphing as he explains why it is a successful northern Michigan technique.
Reading the Water by Schmidt Outfitters Staff
Finding fish is always a challenge. Learning the characteristics of a river and likely spots for fish to be is a skill called “reading the water.”
Salmon Snake Pattern Instructions by Ray Schmidt
This is the fly that is changing the way fly anglers fish King Salmon. With a 10 weight rod and a 350 to 400 grain Streamer Express fly line, this fly brings Kings slashing.
A never-been-used spare spool for the System1 678 reel.
Selecting a Fly Rod by Schmidt Outfitters Staff
How to avoid some common pitfalls in selecting a new fly rod.
Simms Wader Size Chart by Simms Fishing
Simms has waders for your body type. Here is the size chart for 2007 wader products.
Steelhead Rigging Techniques by Ray Schmidt
Learn the basic rigging techniques for steelhead on the fly. PDF document.
Stripping Streamers for Trout by John Gouker
Like stripping streamers for big trout?
Swing for Kings! by John Gouker
Swinging flies is a popular fall fishing method for steelhead, but why not try it during the fall migration of salmon? John Gouker explores the idea of using switch rods for salmon in northern Michigan.
Swing Into Spring by John Gouker
Swinging flies for steelhead is a fun, productive method not to be overlooked.
Another fly reel on the seemingly flooded fly reel market? See how the Nautilus CCF Series reel stacks up to the competition, and more importantly, fishing.
The Hex Hatch by Brent Borcherdt
Brent Borcherdt has big bugs on the brain! You probably do too if you have ever fished the hex hatch. Brent lays out some tips that will help you have a successful nighttime fishing experience.
We have scheduled several speaking engagements for this winter.