Tom Kuieck, Author at RiverQuest Charters
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Author:Tom Kuieck

“Let’s Try for Steelhead!”

Long time customer, Jennifer, wished to fish exclusively for steelhead today, which, of course, didn't disappoint me! So fish hard she did with her Dad, Paul. Five steelhead hooked, four lost, and the skipper Jennifer poses was the one that found the net. Although the...

Dad’s Treat!

First time fly rodders for steelhead and trout, 15 year old Sam and his Dad, Mark, attended a different kind of school today—one on the Muskegon River–learning about casting, drifting flies, and best of all, hanging on for dear life to fish hooked. Both were...

Now That’s a Birthday Present!

Paul treated his friend and former colleague Steve to a day of guided fly fishing on the Muskegon River with me today. Since steelhead are coursing the river in greater numbers, we fished hard for them, but, for whatever reason, they didn't want to play....

Flat-out Perfect!

The Newaygo Chamber of Commerce must have ordered a picture perfect weather forecast for today, including a request for cooperative steelhead and salmon, because it proved extraordinarily pleasant. I had the distinct pleasure of guiding the three member Rudolph group on a day that felt...

A Trip Well Worth It!

All the way from Northville, Michigan, high school senior Nate brought this pretty early run steelhead to hand. After  losing another steelhead just as I was about to net it, needless to say, Nate, Dad Matt, and I were totally pumped to put this one...

Better with Each Passing Day!

Finally, female Chinook salmon are getting serious about prepping their redds and getting on with their spawning chores. More salmon are in evidence than in just days ago, and, as a result, fly fishing success rates are rising. Today, guide James Sunderman and I had the...

“Tradition”

Each year, for more years than I can remember, the McKay group has fly fished with us RiverQuest Charters guides. The guys love our fishery and have amassed memories upon memories of fish brought to hand and lost, along with any number great times experienced...

Soggy but Tons of Fun!

The heavens opened repeatedly on Muskegon River valley today as I guided two dear friends and former educational colleagues, Tom and Dave. Tom recently retired as superintendent of the Jenison Public Schools, located in the Jenison suburb of Grand Rapids, and Dave preceded Tom in...

“And Away We Go!”

The 2021 Chinook salmon run is getting underway, and today long time customer Paul joined me to chase them with the fly rod. And chase we did. Here Paul poses one of the the kings he put in the net. In short, a great time...