Bill Schiess has been an outdoor enthusiast since he was a young boy growing up near Victor on a family farm that bordered U.S. Forest land with a stream running past the family home.
Professionally he was a teacher, coach, writer and fishing guide. "Fishing Henrys Lake" is a how-to-guide book he authored about the world-famous lake while guiding fishermen there. He still maintains a fly-tying business that produces flies for lake fishing. He retired from Madison School District in December 2014 after 19 years.
Now he tries to spend several days each week out in the great outdoors, birding, fishing, hunting, hiking and hunting rocks. He tries to document all of his activities with photographs and writing while working for numerous newspapers over the years.
Schiess resides near Rexburg with his wife and enjoys his activities with his daughters, sons-in-law, but mostly his wife and grandchildren.