Ray Schmidt

Ray Schmidt was a long-time guide on Michigan’s Manistee, Pine, Pere Marquette, Au Sable and Little Manistee rivers. He started in the sport as a young boy tying flies at the knee of his Uncle Clarence Roberts, a famous Grayling, Michigan fly tier and conservation officer. Formerly the owner of Schmidt Outfitters, Ray now is a partner in Double SS Outdoors, a sales and marketing, consulting and adventure travel firm.

Author Articles

The Power of the Ant

Everyone knows that ants can carry things much larger than themselves—which leads me to wonder Just how strong are they? Research shows that ants, depending on the species, can lift things up to 50 times their own weight. All of us remember an ant carrying off a giant bug or moving something three times its own size. As a human it’s hard to fathom how...

Giant Beetles at the End of the World

A RECENT BOOK titled The Last Cowboys At The End Of The World is about the Gauchos of the XI Region of Chile. This is Patagonia country and land of the Patagons. In the book the author was drawn here by the opportunity to work in the first fly fishing lodge in the region. In fact, he helped convert an old farm house, and that’s where his story and life...