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Fly Fishing Roots Fueled by an Entrepreneurial Drive

In the world of fly fishing, Mike Schultz stands as a true embodiment of passion and dedication. The owner and operator of Schultz Outfitters, Mike has woven his love of fly fishing into a thriving business that caters to the heart of Michigan's angling community. Raised in Detroit, Mike’s father introduced him to fishing and laid the foundation for his lifelong dedication to the sport and lifestyle.

Mike, known as "Schultzy" to many, developed his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. Beyond being a distinguished fly fishing guide and bass fisherman, he is a visionary whose roots in the sport run deep. Mike’s ability to turn his passion for fly fishing into a viable business showcases just how deep those roots are. His work has left an indelible mark on the local fishing industry, making a significant positive impact on the smallmouth bass fishery.

As a Michigan native, Mike is deeply immersed in the fly fisherman lifestyle. His dedication is particularly evident in his expertise in smallmouth bass fishing along the scenic Huron River. Not only has he crafted a lasting legacy, but he has built a thriving business serving the local angling community.

A One-Stop Shop for Bass Fishing Gear and Fly Fishing Needs-To truly "see what's out there," Michigan’s fishermen need the right gear. Mike understands this necessity, offering a curated selection that includes top-notch bass fishing gear, fly fishing essentials and specialized angler sunglasses. Schultz Outfitters caters to everyone, from the seasoned bass fisherman to the weekend fly fishing enthusiast. It provides a one-stop shop for all their angling needs. Located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Schultz Outfitters is more than a shop for fishing gear and guide services. It's a hub for anglers. It’s a place to connect. It’s a spot where everyone — pros and novices included — is treated with the same approachable, laid-back demeanor for which Mike is known. At its core, Schultz Outfitters is a community of like-minded people brought together by their passion for fishing. The shop operates with a team-first mentality, where egos are checked at the door.

A One-Stop Shop for Bass Fishing Gear and Fly Fishing Needs

To truly "see what's out there," Michigan’s fishermen need the right gear. Mike understands this necessity, offering a curated selection that includes top-notch bass fishing gear, fly fishing essentials and specialized angler sunglasses. Schultz Outfitters caters to everyone, from the seasoned bass fisherman to the weekend fly fishing enthusiast.
It provides a one-stop shop for all their angling needs.

Located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Schultz Outfitters is more than a shop for fishing gear and guide services. It's a hub for anglers. It’s a place to connect. It’s a spot where everyone — pros and novices included — is treated with the same approachable, laid-back demeanor for which Mike is known.

At its core, Schultz Outfitters is a community of like-minded people brought together by their passion for fishing. The shop operates with a team-first mentality, where egos are checked at the door.

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Tradition Meets Innovation: The Evolution of the Bass Fisherman

With his old-school upbringing, Mike’s connection to tradition is strong. However, he also embraces new fishing styles and technologies, adapting to the changing dynamics of the sport. As both a champion of tradition and a pioneer of innovation, Mike is fast becoming a legend in the fly and bass fishing industries.

At the end of the day, Mike is more than a fly shop owner. First and foremost, he’s a father. And he’s a mentor, sharing his passion and teaching others how to fish. He’s also a longtime hockey player.

His motto — "Grind to Shine" — reflects his philosophy of putting in the effort to achieve success. From a day on the river to running a bustling fly shop, the essence of "Grind to Shine" echoes through everything Mike Schultz does. It’s a call to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

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