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Swinging Flies Tag

Grinding

I can’t exactly explain the fishing over the last three days. It’s been a tough swing, plain and simple. The fish have been willing, but shy. Very short grabs/quick grabs have been the theme swinging flies. The river is very clear and almost down to...

When the stars align

Swing flies for steelhead hasn’t been easy the last day or two as the Muskegon River rose again from the recent rains. Thankfully the river fell slightly today and the overall mood of the steelhead was much improved. Tim (pictured above) took his first Spey casting...

Still transitioning

Last weeks warm weather has slowed our turn toward fall. The overall mood of the trout, smallmouth, and salmon has been off all week. Thankfully the trout were moderately accommodating yesterday before the big winds kicked up. The water temperature on the Muskegon is on...

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...

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...

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”...

30 degree swing

Yesterday David, Kim, and Bill were chasing Albacore in NC with steady temperatures in the middle 70's. Today the guys arrived in Michigan at the Muskegon River Lodge with steady temperatures in the low forties to swing flies for fall steelhead. That's a 30 degree...