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Winter Steelhead

Pays to check

Man it felt good to get on the the river today. I missed the previous break in the arctic express while I was laid up from Bronchitis. Conditions on the Muskegon are favorable for winter steelhead with slightly higher than normal flows around 2400cfs and...

Christmas Wishes

Great to be back on the river today after a snowy cold weather pattern the majority of last week. Joining me today was Nick, our fishing manager from the Grand Rapids Orvis Store. Conditions were nearly perfect today with low skies average river flow. The...

It’s official

I think it’s officially safe to say winter has arrived. While our river temperature remains well above average for early December, it should soon drop into the upper 30’s. Swinging for winter steelhead is a challenge—just like winter steelhead are supposed to be! If you want...

Back to Winter

The calendar still says winter and it certainly showed today.  The big low-pressure system producing all of the snow softened the predictable bite. While the snow and cold breeze gave us raw conditions on the river, the white snow provided the perfect backdrop to highlight the...

Trade offs

60 degrees and sunny in February is hard to complain about. However, it certainly comes with some trade offs! Konrad joined me for his first steelhead trip. Things started off pretty solid with a very good early morning grab.  Unfortunately as the sun gained altitude...

Chasing Winter

The thought of snow blanketing the river banks and weighing heavy on the limbs of our beautiful white pines had been much anticipated by John and Don when they booked their first winter steelhead trip. Unfortunately Mother Nature had a far different vision in store...

Steelhead Calling!

Fresh run steelhead await in the Muskegon River, as the hen I pose from today's float with RiverQuest guide and best bud, Captain Don Graham, attest.  Recent rains and snowmelt popped the flow to over 3,000 cfs, but no matter: the fish are there. Don and...

Unsettled

Steelhead fishing on the Muskegon River lately has been a lot like the weather—its had its ups & downs. Dr. Buckley joined me yesterday and we enjoyed a very nice January day on river swinging flies. While our opportunities weren't numerous we were graced by some...