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Fall Steelhead

Something new

Long-time guest and friend Jeff Leininger joined me today to try his had at swinging flies on the Muskegon River. Jeff has fished many seasons with us but never during our two-handed fall/winter season. Today would be something new. As a fly fisherman Jeff took...

Team, Team!

I'm privileged to guide with four great guys who selflessly share their knowledge, fly tying expertise, and success with me and one another. Today, RiverQuest ran a five boat trip and, as one of the guides, I gave it my best shot with my two...

“Happiness Is….”

Fly fishing the Muskegon River with RiverQuest guide and personal fishing buddy, Captain Don Graham! A busy, productive fall guiding season; sundry "To Do's;" and various family responsibilities had prevented Don's and my doing what we love so much—fly fishing together in one another's boats....

Great Finish

It was a cold, raw day on the Muskegon River swinging flies for steelhead. Honestly, pretty much as you’d expect by Thanksgiving. Long-time guest Peter and his new son-in law Mike joined me today. Fishing hasn’t been easy the last few days coupled with wind...

Crazy Day

Crazy day swinging flies on the Muskegon River today. I certainly won’t blame the odd demeanor of our steelhead today on them personally! When your living room suddenly reduces space by 50% it likely would cause you to behave a little oddly too! (See pic...

Success is earned

Swinging flies the last couple days has been anything but easy for my boat. Good numbers of steelhead are around, but finding player fish has been challenging. Persistence is key and success is definitely earned. A decent shot of rain is forecasted tomorrow and more “weather”...

Success on the swing

Don and Thad, part of the fall MRO group fished today with me. Swinging flies was new to the fellas, but they quickly became proficient. While Don had previously hooked and fought steelhead on his fly rod, none were ever brought to hand. Pictured is...

Why we love them

Steelhead are simply a fantastic adversary to chase with a fly. Particularly so with the two-handed rod and a swung fly. Yesterday as massive arctic front plowed through the Muskegon River region and at times had you guessing whether you actually were swinging your fly...

Just right

Everything was just right on the river today–good guys and cooperative steelhead! I couldn't have asked for it to have been better for the guys. The river has fallen to a near ideal level. Water temperatures remain right about 50 degrees which is still pretty...

Just the Best!

Killer weather, wonderful MO flow, two terrific guys—Ron and Bob—and, delightfully—willing steelhead! Today was truly "Just the Best." From the first run to the last, the guys hooked steelhead (with some lulls in between, to be sure), and though Bob had his shots early to...