The Bite Was As Strong As The High Winds!

Awesome 2014 January Steelhead

20 Inch Brown Trout (Jan 2015)

Awesome 20 Inch River Brown Trout (Jan, 2015)

19 Inch Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

2015 Winter Steelhead

Jan 2015 Winter Steelhead

Winter Steelhead 2015

Had a really nice outing this past Friday.  Despite the heavy winds the steelhead bite was on fire!

Regardless of the spotty steelhead numbers for this time of year on the Muskegon, the trout fishing has been and continues to be incredible!  The lake run browns and river browns are filling the void form the lack of steelhead in the river system.  Very cold water temps with perfect flow rates right now.

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Bows, Browns, & Chrome = Muskegon River Gold!

Muskegon River 20inch Rainbow

18 Inch Muskegon River Brown Trout

Beautiful Jan 2015 Muskegon River Steelhead

Jan 2015 21 Inch Muskegon River Brown

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Motown Laying The Smack Down With Some Excellent Winter Steelheading!

Justin with a 2014 winter steelhead

Steve with a 2014 winter steelhead

Justin with another 2014 winter steelhead

Only one way to heat up on a 20-degree day winter steelheading the Muskegon river and that’s catching fish!  Here’s Steve and Justin from Detroit pictured with some really nice winter chrome.

Water levels and flows are back in prime condition with a slow down in fishing pressure allowed for some excellent hook-ups yesterday.

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The One That Got Away….

Charlie's 2014 Muskegon river winter steelhead

Charlie's 2nd Muskegon river winter steelhead

We’ve heard it all before.  “You should have seen the one that got away.”  Unfortunately, Charlie Jr. (not pictured above) lost an awesome steelhead at the boat.  Not much you can do when the fish darts under the boat and almost breaks the rod, clears the other side of the boat only to go full steam up stream for the anchor rope in hopes of breaking off.  Then falls back short with one swipe of the net barely missing him, only to break off with the tippet rubbing the oarlock as the massive steelhead dives for the other side of the boat again.  Estimated 31″, 15lb crimson chrome monster that got away.

Fortunately, we have Charles Sr pictured above, getting the job done with two of several hook-ups from both Charles today.

P.s.  Charles Jr….. we all feel your pain.  Remember, better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.  Awesome catch & release, hell of a fight!!

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Sometimes, The Work That Goes Into It Produces The Sweetest Rewards!

Brian with a 2014 Muskegon River Winter Steelhead Brian with a female 2014 Muskegon river steelhead Brian with a winter 2014 Muskegon River Steelhead

I give Brian all the credit in the world for sticking it out today and fishing hard despite the boat pressure a 44 degree winter day on the Muskegon river can create.  One of those days you just wait your turn for the hole to open up and pray to God the steelhead take your fly over the 15 boats before you.  Congrats to Brian though for getting the job done on a most challenging but rewarding day!

High 3700 cfs water levels in the morning made slow presentations difficult.   3100 cfs in the afternoon triggered a bite.  This push of water should shuffle the deck of steelhead in the river system now and bring more up the river system in the days to come. Cold weather in the forecast will be a good thing to reduce fishing pressure and turn the bite back on.

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Wishing You & Yours A 30″ Plus Chrome Christmas & A 20″ Muskegon River Brown Happy New Year!!

Jim with a 2014 winter steelhead

Jim with a 20" Muskegon River BrownJim with another 2014 winter steelhead

Jim from Chicago pictured above with some outstanding fish.  30″ chrome steelhead, 20″ Muskegon river brown, & several other hook-ups of steelhead who grew camera shy.  Not bad for a few hour winter steelhead trip.

River conditions are stable although water levels are low.  Clear, low, cold  water equals light line presentations with extended slow drifts gets the job done.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours here at Fly Fire River Guide Service!!

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Winter Steelhead Warm Up On The Muskegon River!

Bert with a 2014 Muskegon River Winter Steelhead2014 WInter SteelheadBert with another 2014 winter Muskegon River Steelhead

Here’s Bert taking full advantage of the early winter warm up!  Recent mid 40 degree days provided some excellent steelhead fishing!  Here’s a few of several hook-ups from today.

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The Calm Before The Storm!

Blake With An Awesome  Muskegon River Brown

Ed with an 18 inch Muskegon river brown

Blake & Ed with a nice steelhead

Blake & his Dad Ed with a half day winter trip did really well with a couple really nice brown trout and a hard fighting steelhead just before the sleet and snow started around noon today.

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Let-m Go…Let-m Grow!!

Dec 6th Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead Dec 6

Muskegon River Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead

December 6th Steelhead

Muskegon River Steelhead in December

December Muskegon River Steelhead

Scouting a few hours today I realized something important……DON’T FORET THE NET; IT’S A LOT EASIER LANDING FISH WITH ONE!!

Seems the bite is best when the boat traffic is least.  Sub 40 water temps have steelhead seeking winter lies.  Water levels and clarity are all good right now as more steelhead and browns enter the river system.

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You Never Forget Your First

Nick's First  December 6th Muskegon River Steelhead

When conditions are tough working for your first steelhead can be a sweet reward!

Nick holding a chrome bullet taken just before dark.

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