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Michigan Fishing Articles

Fishing Photos Fishing Photos
Fly Pattern Instructions

A collection of famous Schmidt fly patterns with step-by-step instructions.

Guide Wisdom

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.

Michigan Flies and Hatches Michigan Flies and Hatches
Michigan Trout Michigan Trout
Salmon Fly Fishing Salmon Fly Fishing
Smallmouth Bass Fishing Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Northern Michigan presents many options for fishing smallmouth bass on the fly.

Spey Angling
Steelhead on the Fly Steelhead on the Fly

A Difficult Goodbye A Difficult Goodbye

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.

by Amy MacEachern and John Gouker
Good Things Happen to Good People Good Things Happen to Good People

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.

by Aaron K. Bedford
Improvements to the Propery

keeping our property up-to-date and beautiful for all of you!

by Paul Transue
Schmidt Outfitters is Now a TFO Flagship Store New!

News about new TFO products as well as information about our designation as a flagship store.

by John Gouker
Using Ice Dub for Fly Bodies

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.

by Jim Haeck
Youth Fly Fishing School 2015

Do you want to give your child or grandchild the learning experience of a lifetime? Every summer, our staff collaborates with our friends at the Pine River Trout Unlimited to teach youth the art of fly fishing. Our property is perfectly suited for teaching: we have a bluegill-stocked pond behind our fly shop that the kids will learn to cast a fly rod (and have the opportunity to catch a fish!), plus our conference center is turned into a classroom setting so that they can learn about gear, how to tie knots and build leaders, and learn insect life cycles and fly selection. Lunch is provided for all of the kids plus any parents or guardians who want to stay and watch the class.

This one-day school will be on August 8 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm for any child age 10-18, but we only allow a maximum of 25 kids so advance registration is required. There are a few spots still available. To sign your child or grandchild up, call the fly shop at 231-848-4191.

by Amy MacEachern