Archive for September, 2011

It won’t be long!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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 Kuieck


Dr. Shoaib–a world away

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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. Shoaib with his first salmon.

Capt. Steven Kuieck


Leaving with a bang

Monday, September 26th, 2011

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



Monday, September 26th, 2011

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 a ton of catching up to do….  So, what better time and place to get it done than on the Manistee at the height of the Chinook Salmon run?

And better it could not have been:  fresh, big—very big—salmon every where.  For the guys, it proved their best fishing day ever.  Double digits in the boat and more than we remembered to count lost.  More than the spectacular fishing, though, the day was about two young men who just click together reliving the past and creating an all new day to remember.  For me, having watched both of them grow up—downing their first whitetail deer, landing their first steelhead, and hearing about all the crazy stuff that boys like them get into—it was a heartwarming, smiles galore kind of day.

Indeed, blessed we all are for our health, our natural resources here in Michigan, and the freedom to enjoy it all.  Thanks from all of us at RiverQuest, Ken, for your service to our country; we are deeply indebted to you and your comrades.  Ryan and Ken, happy I am that the day you waited so long to experience proved even better than you ever could have imagined. Pictured top to bottom are Ryan, Ken, the guys together, and a Manistee King on the Boga.

Dad and Captain Tom Kuieck

Their smilles say it all!

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

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 fall in love with the outdoors!

Capt. Steven Kuieck




Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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 Please

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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 proportions. Only a few more days and we won’t have to deal with it as we head back to our home-waters. Posing for the camera is Scott and Bill with a couple from today.

Capt. Steven Kuieck




Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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 was beautiful weather and improved current flow, all of which combined for excellent salmon fishing.  We hooked and landed fish all day with the best fly the chartreuse caddis.  Some fish are moving to gravel but only one of the numerous hens we put in the boat was dropping eggs.  Couple all of this with wonderful conversation, lots of laughs, and salmon in the net, and you have the makings of a most memorable day.

Mary and JIm are most accommodating, too; when I explained I had forgotten my table cloth and we’d that we would have to do without my red and white trademark, they plopped themselves right down next to my battery box and in effect said, “Serve it up!”

Thanks for a great day, Mary and Jim!  Happy, too, you enjoyed your stay at the Muskegon River Lodge.

Captain Tom Kuieck

Much appreciated quiet

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

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 great morning salmon.

Capt. Steven Kuieck


Oh Boy?!?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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 from now on as the local harvest isn’t far away. Be kind to each-other this weekend!

Capts. Steven Kuieck & Dave DeVries