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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. Today the business is owned by Dave and Amy Barkman. Schmidt Outfitters will be re-named D Loop Outfitters in the near future.