Schmidt Outfitters is proud of the fact that we provide an outstanding fly fishing school. We have worked hard over the years to fine-tune our program so that our students can “get what they came for” and then some.
The summer 2005 issue of Field & Stream Magazine proclaimed that the Schmidt Outfitters Fly Fishing School was the best in the USA. We rated above Orvis and LL Bean as the number one school in the country. This winter Field & Stream Magazine once again rated us as 13th of the best 25 fishing resorts in North America and the number one fishing lodge in the Midwest. Outdoor Life Magazine also rated us as one of the top 20 places/rivers that everyone must visit, fish, and experience. Fly Rod and Reel Magazine named us as one of the top fly fishing outfitters in the country.
Awards from magazines are one thing, but we have people come to visit and use our services year after year, now for 31 years. We take pride in offering the highest level of service possible. Come see for yourself.
Student at Fly Fishing School
"What a wonderful weekend. I can say nothing but encouraging comments about the class and the instructors. Even at times when I became overwhelmed with information, as I started putting into practice it all started to make sense. The guides where friendly, knowledgeable, and just all around good people. I will recommend this class to anyone who wants to start fly-fishing. The food and lodging were better than I anticipated, and the shore meal was absolutely outstanding and more than I would typically eat for a normal meal. I hope to start going at least one trip a year with Schmidt Outfitters. Thank you all very much for the experience, and hopefully someday I will learn to cast as well as the guides. Practice, practice, practice."
Professional Fly Fisherman
“I have known Ray Schmidt for nearly 30 years, and the one thing I can say about Ray is that he has never done anything half way. The Schmidt Outfitters schools are no exception. Ray’s schools are unparalleled in the country. All the instructors are first class and the facilities are unmatched. Most importantly is the genuine care Ray makes sure is given to each student. His 1000 years of fishing experience come through to his students in a way that nothing but experience can produce. I am not the first to say it, but I will anyway. This is the best school in the business today.”
"I've been teaching fly fishing and fly casting for over 30 years and have run schools with as many as 100 students. The best schools I've ever been involved with though, are the advanced schools I teach with Ray Schmidt. Ray and I have developed small, one day advanced schools that offer very personalized instruction. There is some classroom theory taught, but when we hit the casting pond, instruction is one-on-one. And speaking of the casting pond, it is world class and built for schools.
We concentrate on improving the skills of good casters to make them great casters. Both Ray and I are FFF certified instructors, and I am on the Board of Governors of that program and am responsible for certifying instructors myself. Although we have both been instructing for a long time, we are not just a couple of old instructors! My small company designed and makes the Sage Casting Analyzer, which we use to help us analyze every students cast. At the same time, Ray video tapes every student. We do before and after video and electronic analysis which is often very enlightening.
Although we customize our instruction to each student, the things we find ourselves working on most are curing creep, teaching drift, smoothing strokes, and double hauling. We specialize in increasing casting distance, and accuracy and perfecting loops. We are both also very experienced anglers, in both fresh and saltwater, and can teach any techniques needed for any type of fishing.
I truly believe that the Schmidt Outfitters Advanced Casting Schools are the finest advanced casting schools anywhere."