“Oh, Happy Day!”

The old saw “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” must have been Nebraskans Byron and his son Alex’s mantra today as the heavens pelted us with heavy, nearly unrelenting rain. But the guys pushed through and were rewarded big time! Byron’s 26″ brown trout is his lifetime best and is the largest resident Muskegon River brown trout my customers of some 18 years of commercial guiding have landed. Needless to say, Byron, Alex, and I were thrilled to the max! Quite a moment we’ll surely remember for a long, long time.

For his part, Alex connected with a couple skipper steelhead, one of which he poses here. Both of the guys have fly fished extraordinary trout and steelhead rivers across the United States so to see how happy they were, made this one of the most remarkable days I’ve had as a fly fishing guide.

Captain Tom Kuieck