Tim Holschlag Biography

Tim Holschlag - Author of River Smallmouth FishingBackground

Growing up in the Midwest’s smallmouth fishing country, Tim Holschlag has spent his lifetime exploring smallmouth rivers and lakes. He has fished over 300 rivers and over 100 lakes across North America—more than any known angler– and researched many more outdoor destinations.

A full-time outdoor writer and smallmouth fishing guide for 20 years, he has focused his writing on smallmouth bass, fly fishing, river angling and fisheries conservation. His most recent books, River Smallmouth Fishing and Smallmouth Fly Fishing, are widely regarded as the definitive sources of information on smallmouth biology, fishing techniques and destinations in North America.

Published Work –

Books and Videos:

  • Stream Smallmouth Fishing, Stackpole Books, 1990
  • Smallmouth Strategies, co-author, North American Fishing Club, 1990
  • Smallmouth Fly Fishing, Smallmouth Angler Press, 2006
  • Stream Smallmouth Fishing (DVD), Smallmouth Angler Press, 2008
  • River Smallmouth Fishing, Smallmouth Angler Press, 2011
  • Smallmouth Fly Fishing — REVEALED (DVD), Smallmouth Angler Press, 2015


Over 600 articles published in American Angler, Warmwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Quarterly, Midwest Fly Fishing, Game and Fish Publications (national series of state-specific magazines), Boundary Waters Journal, Hooked on the Outdoors, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, Minnesota Sportsman and many other publications


Hundreds of outdoor photographs published in books, magazines and newspapers

Other Activities:

  • Owner: Smallmouth Angler fishing products company
  • Warmwater Columnist: Midwest Fly Fishing
  • Speaker: at many fishing shows, shops, and clubs
  • Host: Ontario Angling Adventures fly-fishing trips
  • Angling Instructor: Tim’s Stream Smallmouth Schools
  • Fishing Guide: for 20 years on several Midwest rivers and lakes
  • Designer: Smallmouth Angler Fly Rods
  • Creator: Holschlag’s Signature Series Smallmouth Flies

Conservation and Awards

  • Co-Founder: The Smallmouth Alliance, national conservation group
  • Recipient: Federation of Fly Fishers Henshall Award for warmwater conservation
  • Recipient: Dr Thomas F. Waters Stewardship Award for conservation


  • Outdoor Writers Association of America
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Federation of Fly Fishers
  • Bass Anglers Sportsman Society
  • North American Fishing Club
  • Smallmouth Alliance