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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.
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.
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.
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 ONLINE 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 Temple Fork and Lamson.
Fly rods from Mystic and Temple Fork Outfitters.
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.
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.
A Michigan-based company, Mystic designs top-quality fly rods and accessories that are gracing rivers all over the country. Come into our fly shop and try these rods out on our casting pond!
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.
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™
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.
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.
We carry a nice selection of dry flies, hex flies, and attractor patterns perfect for trout fishing.
Tube flies are increasing in popularity.
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!
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.
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!
- 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.
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
The highest quality rotating hackle plier in the industry
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.
Here is a perfect holiday gift for the new fly tier. Includes 5 premium tools essential for your tying desk.
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 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.
This dubbed body caddis needs to be in your fly box!
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.
Impact rods are unbelievably smooth and powerful, loading and unloading with maximum efficiency, affording an effortless feel and level of performance that will impress the most accomplished angler. Their action, in conjunction with a unique combination of the latest materials, merges the attributes of all your favorite rods in such a way that there's no trace of any of the familiar limitations you've had to put up with.
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.
Guru HD is a great affordable saltwater and spey reel.
The 3-pack is an extreme value; it includes one reel and two spare spools in a nylon carrying case all for the price of one reel and one spool. This new product offers beneficial interchangeability at ease for the multi-faceted angler.
The case, CNC-machined here in the U.S. from 6061 bar-stock aluminum, delivers maximum structural rigidity and durability all wrapped in a harder, brighter finish.
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
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 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.
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.
The M-Series is Mystic's flagship line of rods. These rods are performance-driven; designed to load well in to the mid sections of the blank and having a quick recovery, they cast well at close range, but can launch a fly to the other side of the river.
These switch rods are designed to load deep into the mid-section, but provide plenty of reserve power in the butt of the rod for fighting big fish. If you want to indicator fish with a long rod, swing wet flies, or big articulated steelhead and salmon flies, the M-Switch can get it done. Mystic has spent countless hours field testing the M-Switch line of rods.
The Reaper is definitive proof that price alone does not determine value. It is a fast-action rod, with a supple tip capable of protecting light tippet while at the same time delivering immense power through the middle and lower sections of the blank. The Reaper is true to line size and is saltwater safe.
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
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 standard trout leader for just about every anglers need.
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.
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
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
We added hot yarn butts to these flies for extra fish attracting color.
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.
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.
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.
Add flash to your streamer and spey bodies with Senyo's Barred Predator Wrap.
This stretchy dub is perfect for streamer bodies.
Give a unique fishy look. 5 bands for 23 legs/pkg.
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.
The caddis is a staple fly for migratory fish in the Great Lakes region.
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.
The new Clouser series fly rods are lighter, stronger, and faster. Powerful enough for casting weighted lines and wind-resistant flies, yet delicate enough to protect fine leaders, the Clouser rods are perfect for every species from trout to false albacore. With so much performance and versatility, the new Clouser series is certain to improve the efficiency and enjoyment of every angler.
Renowned two-handed experts, Mike Kinney and Bob Meiser, have combined their expertise to create the Deer Creek Switch Rod Series.
Consistent with TFO's tradition of offering high-performance gear at an affordable price, the new Prism Cast Large Arbor Reels are made from cast aluminum with a cork disc drag and a one-way clutch bearing for instant drag engagement.
Smooth casting, powerful medium fast action rods.
For the angler looking for a reel that is as adventurous and dependable as they are, look no further than the NEW Atoll Reel Series from Temple Fork Outfitters.
A great searching fly, but this fly is a killer for Brook Trout
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.
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.
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
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.
Bob Clouser School by John Gouker
Space is available for the second annual Bob Clouser Smallmouth Bass School.
Transitional Steelhead by Matt Barthels
If you are like me, you are starting to dream of spring, warmer weather, and of course, steelhead. Spring may still seem a long way off with the recent arctic blasts we have been experiencing, but within the next month, things should start to break free of winter's grip and our steelhead will start acting accordingly.
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
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.
Kelly Galloup's Articulated Fat Head by Ray Schmidt
Kelly Galloup's Fat Head is similar to his Zoo Cougar. The difference is the articulation.
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.
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.
Sac Fry by Ray Schmidt
The sac fry is a stage in a fish's life. This pattern attracts feeding steelhead and trout.
Ray Schmidt's Grizzly Hex by Ray Schmidt
This pattern was developed by Ray Schmidt. The Grizzly Hex incorporates the colors and shapes of the traditional Schmidt Hex Nymph and adds a wiggle tail and gills.
Schmidt's Estaz PCP by Ray Schmidt
We have taken the original PCP (peacock, copper, pheasant) and kicked it up a notch with estaz! Steelhead, salmon, and trout enjoy dining on this fly.
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.
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."
Schmidt's Articulated Marabou Spey Instructions by Ray Schmidt
This fly presents itself to fish with an incredible amount of movement in the water.
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.
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.
Schmidt's Epoxy Hex Nymph by Ray Schmidt
The Epoxy Hex is yet another version our our orginal hex pattern. You can't have too many hex nymph patterns. This is a good one.
Schmidt's Antron Estaz Bug by Ray Schmidt
The Antron Bug is a souped-up version of the Springs Special.
Schmidt's Egg by Ray Schmidt
Egg fly, glo bug, yarn fly--you name it, it's simply the best steelhead catching fly! Learn to tie it here.
Schmidt's Articulated Rattlesnake by Ray Schmidt
Ray Schmidt's Articulated Rattlesnake
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.
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.
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.
A Difficult Goodbye by Amy MacEachern and John Gouker
This spring has been incredibly difficult for us as we had to say an unexpected goodbye to our guide, our dear friend Mark Knee who passed away in a tragic accident. It's difficult to wrap our minds and hearts around this loss. We'll miss his adventurous spirit, his ever-present smile, his passion for conservation, his kind spirit, but most of all, we miss our friend.
This knot is most often used to tie backing to a fly line.
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.
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.
Chile 2014 by
Paul Transue traveled to Chile for brown and rainbow trout fishing in early 2014.
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.
Dennis Potter's Opal Elk Caddis by Ray Schmidt
This is a highly effective trout fly.
Dennis Potter designed this effective trout pattern.
Dennis Potter's Skunk Hopper by Ray Schmidt
The Skunk Hopper evolved from Earl Madsen's Michigan Skunk.
Dry Skunk by
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.
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.
Easy Ice Dub Alevin by Jim Haeck
Jim Haeck stopped in the fly shop to tell me how great Ice Dub is for tying alevin patterns, a steelhead favorite in the spring. We decided to put together a step-by-step pattern so that you can tie them at home.
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 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
Galloup's S. Dungeon by Ray Schmidt
Kelly Galloup's streamer and one of his most effective.
Galloup's T&A Bunker by Ray Schmidt
Kelly Galloup is one of the most innovative fly tiers there is! The T&A Bunker is no exception. This fly looks and wiggles like a baitfish. You can download Adobe Acrobat for free if you do not have it installed on your computer.
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.
Good Things Happen to Good People by Aaron K. Bedford
Aaron Bedford wrote this touching piece about the loss of one of his best friends, Mark Knee, a beloved fly fishing guide, wildlife biologist, husband, and father.
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!
High Water Steelhead Fishing by Matt Barthels
Many anglers take one look at the stained water and heavy flows and figure it's not worth the time and effort to fish in those conditions, but by changing your approach, you can have tremendous success in spite of the water conditions.
Improved Albright Knot by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying the Improved Albright Knot.
Improvements to the Propery by Paul Transue
keeping our property up-to-date and beautiful for all of you!
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.
Kelly Galloup's Woolly Sculpin by Ray Schmidt
Learn to tie Kelly Galloup's Woolly Sculpin.
This is a diagram of the backing, fly line, leader, and fly and the knots that we generally use.
Mono Loop Knot by Ray Schmidt
Step-by-step instructions for tying the Mono Loop Knot.
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.
Nymphing and Spey Fishing in Winter by Nick Homan
Steelhead fishing in the winter can be an enjoyable, peaceful experience. The traffic on the river has slowed down for the season. You can enjoy the beauty of nature, from deer to bald eagles soaring above in the sky. You do not have to sit at home thinking or dreaming of going fly fishing. Winter time offers a variety of different opportunities to learn new techniques and brush up on old ones.
Ray Schmidt's Mysis Mirage Shrimp by Ray Schmidt
A steelhead snack! Ray Schmidt designed the Mysis Mirage Shrimp to imitate food organisms that steelhead eat in the Great Lakes. To open this PDF file, you will need Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you can download it free.
Ray Schmidt's Rattlesnake Tying Instructions by Ray Schmidt
This is our original stinger hook streamer patterned after our Madonna streamer. It imitates a sculpin or fleeing bait fish.
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.”
Follow these steps to minimize stress or injury to fish when practicing catch-and-release.
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.
Schmidt Outfitters is Now a TFO Flagship Store by John Gouker
News about new TFO products as well as information about our designation as a flagship store.
Schmidt's Rabbit Muddler (Madonna) by Ray Schmidt
The Madonna pattern is one of those patterns that catches everything. The pattern was designed as a trout fly that turns out to be a great small mouth bass streamer also.
Selecting a Fly Rod by Schmidt Outfitters Staff
How to avoid some common pitfalls in selecting a new fly rod.
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.
Thank you! by Paul Transue
Owner Paul Transue reflects on the previous year and looks to the future.
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.
Trout Gurgler by John Gouker
Our guide John Gouker experimented with the traditional Gartside Gurgler, and found that this fly is a trout magnet.
Using Ice Dub for Fly Bodies by Jim Haeck
Guides and other local tyers have been using ice dub in many of their favorite swing patterns. Here's a primer on using it for fly bodies.
Winter 2014 / 2015 Specials by John Gouker
We're running some specials for winter 2014 / 2015 for lodging and guide service.
Winter Spey Fly by Nick Homan
Nick Homan has been using this spey fly to fish for winter steelhead in our neck of the woods. (This one isn't named yet, but he did want to share it with all of you hardcore winter anglers!) Shanks continue to grow in popularity, especially for spey flies. This is a fairly simple fly to tie, and it has a great profile in the water.
Linda Heller of Clouser Fly Fishing and the Temple Fork Outfitters advisory staff will be teaching a three-day women's fly fishing school at Schmidt Outfitters in 2015.
Youth Fly Fishing School 2015 by Amy MacEachern