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Michigan's Century Circle

The Century Circle in Michigan is a 100-mile radius of backwoods, wildlife, ponds, streams, and rivers that rival any area you've experienced. Trout, steelhead, and salmon populate the waters in this area. From our location in the center of this circle, we'll guide you on rivers such as the Big Manistee, Pine, Little Manistee, Bear Creek, and Pere Marquette.

Fly Fishing

As it was when Ray started in 1976, Schmidt Outfitters is driven by a passion to provide a first-class experience. To continue to ensure that, we support fly fishing with a catch-and-release policy. Our children deserve the same quality outdoor experience that we have.

Our Promise

Our goal is to be the best at what we do. From hot stream-side lunches to world-class gear to outstanding watercraft to fly fishing experience and knowledge, we will exceed your expectations. Nothing is less than first class. We cannot, however, control the weather or the fish bite.



Our guide rate per day is $395.00  This includes non-alcoholic beverages and a shore meal.  Our professional fly fishing guides also provide fishing gear that you may need for the day on the water. Unlike other local guides services we do not charge an extra fee if you choose to pay with a credit card.

To ensure the finest in personal attention, we accept a maximum of two anglers per guide. Our fee covers a full day (around 7 hours). We do not include flies, but our shop and guides are fully stocked with the flies you need. The fee does not include gratuities or a Michigan fishing license. Just a note on guide gratuities: A gratuity (tip) is tradition in the fly fishing world. "A good ghillie gets a bump at the end of a good day fishing". The guidelines for the "bump" is between 15 to 20 percent or more per day. Remember a gratuity is for good service, not piles of fish.  There is a great article on guide gratuities at Midcurrent for guidelines on tipping both domestically and abroad.

Guide Reservations

We require a $200 per day per guide deposit when you make your reservation. If you cancel your trip within 60 days of its date, and we cannot rebook the date, we expect full payment for the trip. If we rebook the guide, the deposit is your only payment. Deposits are not refundable or transferable.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964. This institution is operated under special use permit with the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

Meet our Guides

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.


Expectations for Booking a Fly Fishing Trip

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.

Upland Bird Hunting

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.

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