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Bob Clouser School

Bob Clouser School
by John Gouker
05/09/15 Schmidt Outfitters

My thoughts lead me to warmer weather and smallmouth bass fishing. Fishing for smallmouth has always been a passion of mine, and my favorite weekend of the year is the Clouser school in late May.

The one thing I recommend to all our smallmouth anglers is to treat yourself to this school. Those of you who have not spent any time around Bob will enjoy the experience. Sometimes in our sport, fame leads to egos but Bob is truly down-to-earth and approachable. He is a wealth of knowledge and is one of the true legends of our sport.

You will acquire new skills for smallmouth bass that will also translate to the other species you fish for. The cast, fishing techniques, and fly tying will all improve  your overall skills as a fly angler. The days on the water will allow you to put these techniques into practice. Then at the end of the day you can bend Bob's ear if you have any questions or want to compare notes.

The Clouser schools is a must for any smallmouth angler who wants to improve their skills and learn from the best. The opportunity to spend time with Bob is a joy and something that anglers like me will remember for the rest of their lives.  Treat yourself to a weekend with Bob--you deserve it.

This school is held at Schmidt Outfitters on May 29, 30, 31. The cost of this school is $1,000. Space is limited. Please call the fly shop at 231-848-4191 to reserve your spot right away!

  • May 29: Introduction to bass fly fishing, including discussion on rods, reels, flies, lines, leaders, knots, and bass riggings. Bob will demonstrate how to cast lines and weighted flies on the pond. The day will also include a Powerpoint presentation on how to catch bass on flies.
  • May 30-31: Guided fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the backwaters of Tippy Dam on the Manistee River.