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As Good as It Gets

April 24th, 2014

No hyperbole; steelhead fly fishing on the Muskegon River right now is as good as it gets.  Our clients are experiencing superlative steelheading on the long rod this week as the river levels drop and water temperatures rise. Grab a rod and get out there; it’s that good.

Certainly, the Action Fabricator guys in the five RiverQuest boats today will attest to the veracity of that statement. Everyone hooked multiples and brought fish to hand. Here are my guys for the day—men who literally made the day fly by with their camaraderie, humor, and insights into what matters in life and living. Just a super day all ’round. Thanks much, Jeff, Mark, and Curtis!

Captain Tom Kuieck

North Carolinian Mark loving his hen.

North Carolinian Mark loving his hen.

Not bad for a former farm boy from Howard City, Curtis!

Not bad for a former farm boy from Howard City, Curtis!

Jeff's Alpha buck

Jeff’s Alpha buck, minus its nose!  Sorry, Jeff!

Had to give the southern guy double love!

Had to give the southern guy double love!

 

First Timers

April 23rd, 2014

Here’s a plan: get married and take your new Father-in-Law on a fly fishing float trip.  Both Joe and Dave, the father-in-law, were new to fly rodding for steelhead, but both lit it up.  Despite dirty, high flows (though the MO is dropping daily), the river is fishing very well right now.

Joe with his first steelhead on a fly.

Joe with his first steelhead on a fly.

Not to be outdone, Dave delivers!

Not to be outdone, Dave delivers!

Getting the hang of it!

Getting the hang of it!

 

Yours truly setting her free to live and love.

Yours truly setting her free to live and love.

Great job, guys!  Enjoyed you both a ton; hope we can make the trip an annual event.

Captain Tom Kuieck

Double Stripers

April 23rd, 2014

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Pinch me, it was quite a day!

Capt. Steven Kuieck

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Back at it….

April 22nd, 2014

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Ross Hoezee and his son Tim joined me today for the first foray against the Mighty MO after she flexed her sizable muscle in the form of record high water. The river continues to be high and dirty but using larger patterns with lots of flash in or near traditional spots will still bring success as the photos show. There are good numbers of fish in the river, some are just about ready to “ride the tide” back out to the lake as the river continues to drop. Others will be around for awhile yet. All things considered there will be good fishing for the foreseeable future.

Capt. Dave DeVries

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Muddy Silver

April 22nd, 2014

High dirty water is the theme, but at least fishable. Good numbers of steelhead are present as our river transforms back to its normal size after record flood waters. I’m really not sure how long it will take to get any sort of clarity back after such an event–if you know the exact zip-codes for silver you should do quite well.

Pictured is Bob with a nice chrome morning hen. With the wind and high flows I kept my camera in its pelican case most of the day. Hopefully tomorrow will make for better shooting.

Capt. Steven Kuieck

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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

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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

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A little better every day…

April 10th, 2014

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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

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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

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