|(Tuesday - September 14, 2021 -
14:59) - Timothy J. Holschlag, age 72, passed away on Friday, Sept
10, at his home in Norway. Tim was born on May 6, 1949 in New
Hampton, Iowa, the son of Carl Holschlag and Maurine (Johnson)
Holschlag. He grew up in New Hampton, attending school at St
Joseph's Community School and graduating from New Hampton High
School. He served in the U.S. Army infantry from 1968 to 1970, and
was a member of the 82nd Airborne. Upon his discharge from the Army,
he returned to Iowa and studied at the University of Iowa in Iowa
Tim married Elizabeth Michael in 1972 at Iowa City. After attending college, they lived in Chicago for 2 years, then moved to Minneapolis. In Chicago and Minneapolis, Tim attended trade school and worked as a machinist. In 1984, Tim united with Lyn Verthein, living with her in Minneapolis. They married in 1990. In 1989 they bought a home near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, where they lived for the next 31 years until they moved to Michigan in 2020.
Throughout his life, Tim had a passionate love for the outdoors. As a youngster in Iowa, he spent every minute he could outdoors hunting or fishing (only interrupted by having to go to school or to work). In adult life, his free time was devoted to the outdoors, including frequent camping trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Working as a machinist, then a few other jobs, he spent more and more time outdoors, until 1988, when he quit all other employment to become a full-time outdoor writer and fishing guide.
Tim Holschlag’s first book, "Stream Smallmouth Fishing," was published in 1990, and became a much-loved classic on smallmouth bass fishing. He went on to write and publish several more books and produce DVDs. He wrote for outdoor and fishing magazines as well, with over 600 articles and hundreds of his photos published. He became a nationally recognized authority on smallmouth bass. Tim and his wife Lyn also established a business, Smallmouth Angler, to serve smallmouth bass fishers, with books and DVDs, guided fishing trips, seminars and speaking, smallmouth fishing schools, custom-tied flies and specialty tackle, at www.SmallmouthAngler.com
Tim loved to travel and explore new fishing waters. All of his vacations were fishing trips. He has caught smallmouth bass in practically every place that they can be found (even in Hawaii on a trip with his wife, and on a month-long trip to South Africa). All together, he fished more different waters than any known angler-- over 400 rivers and hundreds of lakes in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa.
Tim was also well-known as an avid conservationist. He co-founded The Smallmouth Alliance river conservation group in 1988, which has grown into multiple chapters in several states including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri. Smallmouth Alliance groups have been instrumental in getting new fishing regulations and Scenic River designations to protect many waters and their fish. Recognizing his conservation efforts, Tim received the Federation of Fly Fishers James Henshall Award. He was also given the Dr. Thomas F. Waters Stewardship Award for smallmouth bass conservation.
Since catching his first smallmouth bass at the age of 12, over 60 years of fishing, Tim Holschlag developed an encyclopedic knowledge of the fish and fishing techniques, which he loved to share with others. His passion, expertise, and enthusiasm made him an inspiration and a mentor for hundreds of anglers and outdoorspeople across the U.S. Tim is currently a nominee for the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. (Inductees will be announced in October, 2021).
Although Tim suffered from kidney disease since being diagnosed with it in 2016, he continued to fish, explore, guide, teach and inspire until nearly his last days. In 2020 he moved to his favorite fishing area, the upper peninsula of Michigan. He lived in a unique underground house there, fishing with a variety of clients and friends who visited, many of them staying in "the underground" with him. Still fishing, guiding and instructing, Tim was out on the water nearly 30 days of his last summer, until just 3 weeks before his death.
Tim Holschlag is survived by his sister, Geraldine Brummond of New Hampton, Iowa; his wife Lyn Verthein of Norway, Michigan; his former wife Elizabeth Michael of Iowa; seven nieces and nephews: Becky Schoenfeld, Kathy Roethler, Randy Brummond, Cindy Kellogg, Dan Brummond, Brad Holschlag, and Craig Holschlag; and their children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tom Holschlag, brother-in-law LaVern Brummond, brother-in-law Bob Clasen, nephews Dick Brummond and Ryan Holschlag; step-nephew Miles, great-niece Mandy Brummond, and great-nephew Matthew Schoenfeld.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held in New Hampton, Iowa (date and time to be announced on Tim Holschlag's memorial web page with the funeral home). Tim was cremated, and a portion of his remains will be buried in New Hampton, Iowa. Portions of his remains will also go to rivers and lakes across the US and Canada where Tim loved to fish. Tim's ashes will be taken to these waters by select fishing guides, anglers, conservationists, authors, magazine publishers and others who share Tim's love of the outdoors.
Arrangements and a memorial web page are at Erickson-Rochon-Nash Funeral Home at:
More information is at www.SmallmouthAngler.com