Croton Dam, Day Two

April 15th, 2014

Absolutely spectacular roaring blast of water and spray as the MO dumps literally tons of pent-up rainfall and snowmelt. This morning, RiverQuest guide Don Graham and I stood streamside witnessing this historic event first-hand, awed by the power and volume of the onrushing flow.

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The Mighty MO is Raging!

April 14th, 2014

I really have no words to describe what I witnessed this morning on my way to check on the Lodge. The devastation from the winds in Grant yesterday was surprisingly understated by the news channels and the amount of water is almost unfathomable. In the hour I was at the lodge I witnessed the river level rise over 1 foot. That’s a lot of water! As I write this the water level is currently at 11.78ft and still rising. Last year the highest the river got was 11.11.

All this goes without saying that the river is currently unsafe and all boat launches have been closed by county officials. They are also beginning the evacuation process for people with homes in the lower areas. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers as the go through major flooding for the second year in a row.

Capt. Dave DeVries



60′s and silver

April 12th, 2014

Dr. Scott Burgess and his wife Denice joined me yesterday. Temperatures in the middle 60′s and cooperative chrome made for an enjoyable day on the water. Try as we might Denice was not able to land her first steelhead. However she was certainly able to refine her photography skills as Scott posed a number of shiny silver steelhead. Next time Denice, next time…

Significant rain and even the possibility of a spring snow storm are on the horizon. We do not need a drop of rain–period! Keep your fingers crossed that the forecast models are wrong and this system passes us by.

Capt. Steven Kuieck


A little better every day…

April 10th, 2014


Today marked the final day of David Fox & Mort Perchick’s 3 day pilgrimage to fish the mighty MO. The river is remaining stubbornly high, dirty and cold. However, we are gaining on it a little bit at a time. The fishing has steadily gotten a bit better of the past few days and we have begun to see some spring fish on more regular basis so I suspect some amazing fishing is right around the corner.

On another note for those following the Rusty vs. Boyd $2.00 wager Boyd took the first fish today and as such is the overall winner of this springs contest between these two long time friends and fishing buddies.

Capt. Dave DeVries


Turning Point

April 9th, 2014

Things are about to get real interesting on the Mo’. Water flows continue to drop and the water tempature has begun to climb–a balmy 36 degrees. Icy-chrome steelhead seemed a little more eager today–its about to break loose. Stay tuned….

Pictured is Rusty with his $2 dollar steelhead (Grudge match–Boyd vs Rusty–3rd day winner takes all).

Capt. Steven Kuieck


$2 Bill

April 8th, 2014

Rusty and Boyd are back for their three-day annual spring steelhead trip. Fishing was pretty challenging today, however with these guys no challenge is too big.

The river has begun to drop and clear. Look for dramatic improvement in the very near term! Pictured is Boyd with his lucky $2 steelhead. (The guys have been trading the same $2 bill between themselves for first fish of the day for a lot of years)

Capt. Steven Kuieck


High-water rewards

April 7th, 2014

High, dirty spring water continues to be the prominent feature on The Mo’. Accompanying this high river are temperatures that are struggling to break 35°–things still aren’t particularly easy. That being said, both spring and winter steelhead are present in good numbers throughout the system.

I would expect the waters to begin to drop relatively soon and easier conditions on the horizon. Pictured are Chris and Scott with a couple from today.

Capt. Steven Kuieck



The chill is back

April 1st, 2014

Yesterdays temperature of 63 degrees sure was nice, but short lived–reality check, back to the mid-thirties this afternoon. With the cold winds blowing and the big dity-water, I knew we’d have our work cut out for us today. Good anglers go the distance in these conditions and I was glad to have Brian at the plate today. Pictured is Brian with a beautiful hen steelhead beneath our 5 minutes of nice weather today.

The river has risen to a big 4900cfs (3pm reading). Despite its extremely cold water, spring steelhead are on the move. Plan to see alot of people working the same waters under these conditions–play nice and everyone will enjoy the new chrome.

Capt. Steven Kuieck


snapshots from the past few days

March 31st, 2014

Hayward showing off a big smile and a big hen!! Nice job!


the rain droplets on the lens speak volumes…Jim pushed through and was well rewarded


Kenny getting the edge off…I never doubted you man


“it’s no walleye, but it will have to do”…Randy finds out what steelhead are all about


Ken takes one for the team!

Jay Allen, RiverQuest Guide



March 31st, 2014

Jeff Hamilton made his second trip up to the MRL for the next couple days hoping to finally connect with the elusive first steelhead. The last time he was with us I’ll just say that the weather was less than ideal and the fish were not cooperative. Today we had much better weather and although the river was rising and getting a bit dirty our spirits and confidence were high. It was a tough day, and Jeff had to work hard, but he persevered and brought the beautiful fish below, his first ever steelhead, to hand. Congrats Jeff and I hope we can continue the success.

Capt. Dave DeVries