For Mike and Eric of Indianpolis, today was all about first times—fly fishing, floating the Muskegon River, landing steelhead and Chinook salmon, and staying at the Muskegon River Lodge. Despite a torrential downpour, these two of five sons-in-law and their father-in-law, Rick, toughed it out and scored big.
Mike’s steelhead (fuzzy pic due to the rain) slammed a streamer, and Eric’s hen Chinook proved the brightest, most silver Chinook I have witnessed on the Muskegon River in years—and this even as the Chinook run winds down. Steelhead are more in evidence finally and with the river flows increasing and water temperature dropping, we should be in for some fine fall steelhead fishing through the rest of the month and well into December.
In short, a soaking, soggy day that turned out delightful; the fish wanted to play, and Mike and Eric were very easy dates as they learned the casting, line management, and fish fighting as quickly as anyone I’ve had in the boat in a long time. Thanks guys! Super time—even the raucous political back and forth over lunch in the Lodge! Loved it all!
Captain Tom Kuieck