Archive - September - 2011

It won’t be long!featured

Finished up with Mark, Arif, and Dr. Padaria today. Salmon fishing was fair but the resident trout were eager. Water temps are dropping and the increased flow has the doors for the magic carpet ride open, it won’t be long and it will be rocking! Pictured is Mark with a great morning salmon. Capt. Steven Read more


Dr. Shoaib–a world awayfeatured

It certainly was nice to be back on the Muskegon River today! Salmon fishing is spotty but available if you are patient. Trout fishing remains strong both with nymphs and streamers. The river took a very nice jump in flow today and will advance the staging salmon upstream over the coming days. Pictured is Dr. Read more


Leaving with a bangfeatured

Finished up on the Man with Dan and Pat today. Fishing was great and so was the company. While the numbers of fish certainly won’t compare on the Muskegon for a while, the solitude and beauty of our home-waters are calling and I can’t wait! Pictured is Dan with a morning salmon. Capt. Steven Kuieck



Childhood buddies, Ryan and Ken, were my special guests today on the Manistee.  Ryan, my youngest son, has all too little time to fish and hunt due to long hours in the fabrication shop with his welding career, and Ken, having recently returned from a danger-filled four year Marine tour in the Middle East, had Read more


Their smilles say it all!featured

Youthful enthusiasm pretty much sums up my day! John Sommerdyke, long-time customer and friend brought his 12 and 9 year old sons for their first river salmon experience. Both Henry and Sam land salmon after salmon and kept me laughing and smiling all day long. It surely is a treat to watch our future generations Read more



Kevin celebrating his 13th birthday with his father Todd on the Manistee river fly fishing for the first time. The fishing and weather was great  to make this a very memorable day for Kevin and his father. Happy Birthday Kevin. Capt. Don Graham


Patience Pleasefeatured

Sorry for the gap in reports! Fishing on the Man continues to be very good as there are a ton of fish in the system. A portion of the salmon have moved shallow, however the dark water continues to be absolutely obscene. Patience is the name of the game as angler pressure is reaching ridiculous Read more



Absolute killer day on the Manistee with clients and good friends, husband and wife Jim and Mary!  We’ve said it before:  this is the best run of chinook (and coho) salmon we’ve had in years:  excellent numbers and mean weights around 18 lbs. Top fish today was Mary’s 21 lb. hen.   Enhancing the day Read more


Much appreciated quietfeatured

Surprisingly quite day on the Man. Normal weekend traffic must have known the Lions were going to have a huge win today and stayed he to watch the game. Rain is in the forecast for tonight and early tomorrow–let’s hope we get a good soaking the flows really need help. Pictured is Andy with a Read more


Oh Boy?!?featured

Great finish to the week with Sommerdyke, Vroon, and Mahler! Things are pretty much the same with a very few starting to poke shallow. The few shallow fish have however caught the interest of some of the Man’s famous browns….dig your 6wt out folks! Patience is going to need to be part of the game Read more