Schmidt Outfitters - The Best in Fly FIshing

Fly Fishing School - Michigan

Fly Fishing School

Fly fishing is not just our business—it’s our passion and life. We are proud to have been ranked #1 by Field and Stream in 2006.  Schmidt Outfitters is the only midwest school with a dedicated classroom, casting pond, and lodging facilities. We are located near the Manistee and Pine Rivers in the Huron-Manistee National Forest in Michigan.

Schmidt Outfitters offers diversified courses for every skill level. We have been teaching men, women, and children the art of fly fishing for over two decades. From a beginners’ course in trout fishing, to spey and advanced casting, to fly tying, we strive to offer a fun and engaging experience. Experienced and seasoned by years of on-the-water instruction as professional fly fishing guides, our school staff has the skill and versatility to teach students at all levels.

School facilitiesYou won’t find any hidden expenses in our programs. Our schools focus on teaching students, not selling gear.

Schools at Schmidt Outfitters are all-inclusive: we include meals, lodging, and instruction. We provide all the equipment needed including rods, reels, and lines from a variety of manufacturers.

Here at Schmidt Outfitters, we have built extensive custom school facilities designed to maximize your experience at our fly fishing school. Review our lodging facilities, school location, and Manistee area attractions, meet our dedicated staff and Guides / Instructors, and come join us for a Pure Michigan experience in the heart of the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Contact us now to reserve your space.

Unlock the Secrets of Fly Fishing

Even the most seasoned and experienced anglers will never unlock all of the secrets of fly fishing. Trying to master the arts of fly selection, presentation, casting, and water-reading, as well as learning fish habits, insect hatches, selection and care of equipment can be very intimidating for novices and veteran anglers alike. We cover all of these subjects in a fun, patient wa

Fly Fishing School Courses


  • Professional Fly Tying School- per student includes lunch and materials
  • Special Programs- Usually $1,000 per student, prices vary with guest instructors. 
  • Youth Fly Fishing School- FREE with advanced registration. Our 2015 Youth School is scheduled for August 8. Call the fly shop to register your child or grandchild. The importance of teaching our youth to fly fish cannot be overstated.
  • Fly Tying Schools- $90.00 All day class (8hrs) includes lunch, materials and professional instructors. Maximum of 4 tiers per instructor, 8 students maximum.
  • Switch Rod School - $700 per student. Limited to 6 students. Includes meals, double-occupancy lodging, and instruction.
  • We offer individual lessons for fly casting including Spey casting. Our day rate is $395 for one or two students. Our hourly rate is $50 for one or two students.  Individual lessons can be arranged anytime, simply call for a reservation with one of our instructors.
  • Private Introduction to Fly Fishing Schools. $800 for one or two anglers. This school can be scheduled for any time during the summer. The cost includes two days of instruction with lunch, two nights lodging, and use of equipment.
  • Bob Clouser Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing School. (Video) The cost is $1,000 and includes one day of instruction with Bob, two guided fishing days, all meals, and three days lodging. Our 2015 school is scheduled on May 29, 30, 31. Call us today to make your reservation. 231-848-4191
  • Linda Heller of Clouser Fly Fishing and the Temple Fork Advisory Staff will be teaching her Women's Fly Fishing School here at Schmidt Outfitters on June 5, 6, and 7. This is available for anglers of all skill levels. One full day of instruction, two guided fishing days, all meals, and three days of lodging are included for $1,000. Call us today to make your reservation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are women welcome? Yes, approximately 40% of our students are women.

How does the double occupancy work with a mixed crowd? We team up couples, men and women. Our lodging facility accomodates a mixed crowd with private bedrooms for guests.

Are children welcome? Yes, we encourage parents and grandparents to enroll youth with them. We would suggest starting kids at about age 12 in fly fishing, earlier if the child is asking to do so.

Do you do private classes for groups or family? Yes, beside the schedule you see here we are always open for private programs.