Schultz Outfitters was established in 2003 as Southeastern Michigan’s only full-time, four-season fly-fishing guide service. Over the years they’ve grown to include education and destination travel offerings. In March of this year, they expanded the operation to include Southeastern Michigan’s most comprehensive fly shop.
Located on the banks of the Huron river in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town (conveniently located between Detroit and Ann Arbor), the shop features a comprehensive fly tying selection along with the best brands in the fly fishing industry – chief among them Scientific Anglers.
Out their back door, the Schultz Outfitters Team has over 60 miles of floatable water on the Huron. Within a short drive, the Team also covers the Raisin, Flint, Kalamazoo, Shiawassee, and Detroit rivers along with Lake St. Clair and Erie. Together they include some of the best warm water fisheries in the country.
Owner Mike Schultz and the Team specialize in fly-fishing for smallmouth bass, carp, pike,and musky. From their fleet of drift boats, rafts, and flats boat, they chase these species from April through October. Over the years, they’ve developed some innovative warm water programs. Client favorites include bait busting summer smallies on surface bugs, sight fishing for carp during the Mulberry season in June and July, and of course chasing record musky and smallmouth on Lake St. Clair.
When asked about his favorite Scientific Anglers fly line, Mike said “It’s too hard to pick just one, but definitely the Titan Taper and Costal Express top the list. We’re chasing aggressive fish in generally clear water with flies that most people consider huge. The Titan Taper and Costal Express’ aggressive taper turn over big flies with ease, and the ability to make quick casts at distances well ahead of the boat is a key to success on our waters.”
To learn more about Schultz Outfitters and the spectacular fly fishing opportunities in Southeast Michigan, visit SchultzOutfitters.com, sign up for their email list, or contact them at the address below.