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Fall Steelhead

No Monday Blues

Great start to the week with new friends Josh (above) and Bill (lower). Though accomplished fisherman, today would be their first time swinging flies for steelhead. Usually buying a new gear is a jinx to success, but not today. Big thanks to Trent at Orvis...

Sweet rewards

Brad and his wife Amy joined me for the past few days to swing flies for steelhead. As the case has been the last several years they’ve been dealt some tough weather nearly every visit. Yesterday was no exception with very windy conditions and cold...

Teasing

Ol’man winter was surely teasing us today with gusty winds and driving snowflakes. Yes, it was chilly! Fortunately our steelhead have no idea as the river temperatures are still relatively warm at 47 degrees. Jim dresses for the weather and was rewarded with this fine hen...

Afternoon improvement

After having a few unplanned days off it was great to be back on the water with Kris today. The morning swing was anything but good for us today, but as the low-pressure system began to move closer to our area the steelhead seemed to...

Keep the faith

Kristine joined me today for another shot at fall chrome after early fall success in September. Nearing the end of the day with two terrific steelhead failing too make it to net in the morning it was a little hard to keep the faith. Opportunities...

Feels Like

Finally felt like steelhead weather today on the Muskegon River. Cold northerly winds ran the river valley today making for some tricky casting at times for Brian and Tom. We had to work for our opportunities today swinging flies as the water climbed slightly in...

St. Louis Success

Terrific group for the last three days from St. Louis. Due to COVID and a few other factors this trip was nearly 2.5 years in the making. Super glad we were able to make this trip happen, and especially thankful for some well earned steelhead...

Grinding

Last couple days swinging flies has featured a tough grind for my boat. Eager fish haven’t required a lot of effort, but the rest, well, require a steady grind and some sneaky flies on perfect swings. Pictured is Frank with a great steelhead from this morning–his...

Guides’ Day!

When Don Graham retired as a long time RiverQuest fly fishing guide due to health challenges, the Muskegon River guide community lost one of its own. Don is sorely missed on the river, and today exemplified that fact as guide after guide expressed happiness that,...

“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...