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About Schmidt Outfitters

Our Fly ShopSchmidt Outfitters is a full service fly fishing and upland bird hunting outfitter with eight full-time guides to operate its guide service and award-winning fly fishing school. We are a privately owned operation in business since 1976.

We operate a full service fly fishing shop, known for its specialty flies and goods, that attracts folks from around the world. Customers visting our area  enjoy our incredible fishery and can take advantage of our guide services and lodging facilities. Our lodging has gained a reputation of impeccable cleanliness and secluded outdoor atmosphere here in Wellston, MI.

In addition, we also operate a fly fishing travel service for anglers looking for adventure travel opportunities.


Ray Schmidt started Schmidt’s in 1976. The company began as a multi-faceted operation. Ray guided fly anglers and sold fly fishing products around the mid-western and eastern United States. In the mid 1980’s Ray sold the sales side of the business to pursue full time guiding and outfitting. Business grew quite rapidly as Ray developed many of the fly fishing steelhead standards that are used today. The guide service gained national acclaim when Ray was named one of the top ten guides in the U.S. by Fly Rod and Reel magazine in 1989.

In 1995 Schmidt’s opened a full service fly shop and lodge to house the growing customer list. In 2000 the fly shop expanded its floor space and an additional lodge was constructed to accommodate the growing business.

In 2006 we added a conference / education center for the use by our students and those attending special events hosted at our facilities.

In the fall of 2012 Ray sold Schmidt Outfitters to Frank Transue and son Paul.

Frank Transue/ Owner

Frank started fly fishing early at age 12. He enjoys the use of bamboo fly rods fishing dry flies on small streams. Most of Frank's fly fishing in on home waters around Irons, Michigan where he grew up. He has traveled the world fly fishing places most folks only dream about including the American west, British Columbia, Chile, Alaska, Belize, the Bahamas, and Manitoba. His family has been residents of this area for many years. "Acquiring Schmidt Outfitters is a dream come true for me and my son Paul."

Paul Transue/Co-Owner

Paul started fly-fishing at an early age in Irons, MI o Little Bass Lake. Paul enjoys Blue Gills, Bass and Trout fishing this area. Paul is also an upland bird hunter pursuing Ruffed Grouse and Wooodcock with his dog Ryp. Paul has fished many places including British Columbis, Labrador and the Flordia Keys.

Alyssa Allen


Alyssa is originally from the Detroit Metro area, but moved to the beautiful northern Michigan at 16. She loves hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing. She enjoys soaking up the sun on the beach at Lake Michigan, and loves DIY projects and crafts while watching a good stand-up on Netflix. She just recently got married to her best friend, and they have two Yorkshire terrier fur-babies.

Alyssa has a vital role here at Schmidt's, ensuring that our lodging facilities are impeccably clean and comfortable for our guests. She has a bright, bubbly personality, and we are happy to welcome her into our family.

Amy MacEachern

Fly Shop Staff

When you don't see Amy in the fly shop, you can be sure that she is in one of two places, either wandering around one of the local bookstores or wandering through the woods on her favorite hiking trails with her dog Mo. She has a deep love and appreciation for the power of words and is writing her first novel.