Sweet 16

Alex with an outstanding 14 lb 33 inch May steelhead

Dietmar with a nice May steelhead

Alex with a beautiful May spring steelhead

Here’s 16 year old Alex and his dad Dietmar pictured with Alex’s first steelhead ever on a fly rod which just happened to be an awesome 32 inch 14 lb buck.  Steelhead fishing today was on fire as Alex and Dietmar had several opportunites for hook-ups all day long.

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Early Morning Chrome

TJ with a really nice early morning May steelhead

TJ with a really nice late May chrome hen from this morning.

Water conditions remain really good.  Red tail suckers are starting the transition to steelhead bedding areas.  Large browns & rainbows can be found behind these bedding areas.  Cinnimon Caddis, Stone Flies, & the start of Gray Drakes are on!

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The One That Didn’t Get Away!

Joe with a broken rod steelhead

Pat with a really nice May chrome hen

Joe with a hard fighting buck

Pat with a really nice May Steelhead

Holding the broken fly rod on the left is John (aka..Dad) along with his sons Pat (right) and Joe in the middle getting the job done despite the broken fly rod.  Great job today guys!

May steelheading continues on the Muskegon.  Pockets of really nice steelhead can be found with a little patience and covering a lot of water.  The flows and clarity are perfect right now for steelhead fishing, stripping streamers for large size brown trout, and dry fly fishing for trout.

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First Steelhead Ever On A Fly Rod

Charlie with a late May Chrome Steelhead

Here’s Charlie with his first steelhead ever taken with a fly rod.  Always nice to see late May chrome steelhead on the Muskegon.

This latest push of water brought with it several opportunities for steelhead hook-ups all day today.  Large rainbows & brown trout are also starting to make their presence known as more and more rises continue to occur.  Streamer tips and dry flies are right around the corner.

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Steelhead Continue To Run The MO!

Joe with a nice Muskegon river steelhead

Joe with a powerful winter holdover steelhead.

Gary with a strong Buck!

Gary with another nice winter holdover.

Waterlevels spike recently up to 4000 cfs from the rain and started to come down slightly to 3800 cfs.  Along with the higher water came a fresh push of steelhead up the river system under the cover of the stained water.

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Muskegon River “May Run” Steelhead

Joe with a nice chrome Muskegon river steelhead

Here’s Joe with one of several bright chrome steelhead today.

This recent push of water has brought with it a push of new steelhead up the river system.  Not only the steelhead though, also witnessed several nice rises as big trout start to look up.

Now’s the time to start thinking about booking that dry fly trout fishing trip.  The very best dry fly fishing of the year on the Muskegon river is just around the corner.  The epic Gray Drake Hatch; Mid May thru Mid June provides the best dry fly fishing on the Muskegon river.

During this select time, large 18 to 30 inch rainbow and brown trout gorge themselves top water for the falling Gray Drake flies.  If you ever wanted to experience the ultimate dry fly fishing for trout on the Muskegon, book a trip with us for the Gray Drake hatch.  There is absolutely nothing like hooking a 20 inch+ brown trout on a vey light five weight fly rod.  Try us out, see what you think!!

22 Inch Muskegon river brown trout taken with a dry fly

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May Showers Bring New Chrome Flowers!

Bert with a May Muskegon River Steelhead

Bert with a massive 34 inch steelhead

Bert with another silver bullet from the Muskegon river

Bert from Rodney, MI pictured with some nice Muskegon river steelhead including a 34″, 14lb crimson red alpha buck full of battle scares.

This recent push of rain has brought new steelhead up the river system.

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Crimson & Chrome

Pat with a nice Muskegon river steelhead

Kurt with a Muskegon river steelhead

Here’s Pat (pictured top) and Kurt with some nice Muskegon river steelhead from today.

Water levels are low and clear at 1800 cfs.  Look for the next push of rain to bring more steelhead up the river system.  Trout fishing continues to gain momentum as the water temps continue to rise into the low 50’s.

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The Boys From Wisconsin

Bob with a massive Muskegon river steelhead

Mark with a 34 inch 14lb Muskegon river steelhead

Paul with a Muskegon river steelhead

Bob with another massive Muskegon river steelhead

Mark with a spring steelhead

Bob with a nice steelhead

Mark with a nice Muskegon river steelhead

Mark with a nice steelhead

Paul with a really nice Muskegon river rainbow trout

Pictured in order from top to bottom is Bob, Mark, & Paul from Madison Wisconsin with some really nice steelhead.  Great job guys!

Water levels continue to drop now at 1800 cfs.  Much needed rain in the forecast will help shuffle the deck and bring new fish up the river system.

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Bows & Chrome

Bill with a 2015 Muskegon river spring steelhead

Bill with another Muskegon river steelhead

Bill with a nice Muskegon river steelhead

Bill with an awesome Muskegon river rainbow trout

Here’s Bill from Indiana pictured with a few of several hook-ups throughout the day.

The nice stain to the water is starting to clear.  2300 cfs now with water temps approaching the 50-degree point.  Steelhead fishing remains productive although a fresh push of water along with a fresh push of fish would really help.

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