Joining me today for a day of fly fishing on the Muskegon were brothers Mark and Larry, whom I met at the Warren fly fishing show.  Mark made the trek to the west side of the state and Larry came down from his home is Lewiston.  New to steelhead fishing, the guys did great on a tough day:  find a pod of fish and life was good.  Otherwise, fish hard and cover lots of water.  The water dropped during the day and with the lower water came greater clarity.  Fishing pressure out of Pine Street was very heavy.  Capping it all off was bright sunlight, which made steelhead fishing challenging to say the least.  On the plus side, Stone flies came off heavily, and the newly planted steelhead enjoyed lots of easy surface snacks.

Mark was eager to fish a fly rod he had built so we rigged him up and he was rewarded.  Pictured is Mark with his first steelhead ever taken on the rod he had built.  Very satisfying for Mark.  Our best fly today, hands down, was the stone fly.  Thanks, Mark and Larry.  You guys have a special relationship, and I was privileged to be a part of your day.

Captain Tom Kuieck