Today Ray and Kate wear many hats in fly-fishing.  Our primary function is representing specialised fly tackle manufacturers. TFO is on the top of that list. We conduct sales and marketing at shows, clubs and consult with our fly shop partners about fly fishing products.

Ray is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified fly casting instructor, co-founder of the Michigan River Guides Association and part of TFO's Advisory Staff.

For over 40 years Ray has guided fly anglers from across the globe. Starting in 1976 with a pair of hip boots on the Little Manistee River stalking Steelhead, Ray quickly grew his guide service business to the largest outfitter in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

In 2012 Ray sold Schmidt Outfitters and opened Double SS Outdoors with Kate Smith. Today we steer fly anglers to the best guides and outfitters. We have not done it all but few have and we come close!

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Ray with a wild Manistee River Steelhead

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