The Flies Were On Fire!!

Mike With An Awsome 15lb Steelhead

Mike with the best steelhead of the day….15lbs, 30 inches of Twisted Chrome Steel!

Joe's 25 Inch Muskegon River Brown

Joe’s Incredible Muskegon River Brown.

Joe's 2014 Fall Steelhead

Joe with his first ever steelhead.  Welcome aboard!

Scott's 21 inch brown trout

Scott’s outstanding 21 inch Muskegon River Brown Trout.

Scott's first ever steelhead

Scott’s first ever Muskegon River Steelhead.  Welcome to the club son!

Mike's awesome brown trout

Mike with this outstanding pig of a brown trout.

Mike's awesome brown

Joe with another great fall steelhead

Joe with the last cast of the day.

Water temps have dipped below the 40-degree point.  With the recent push of water has brought with it a fresh push of fish!  For those of you who never considered a winter steelhead trip before, you don’t know what you’re missing.  As Scott, Joe, and Mike from Chicago found out today first hand, the fishing can be pretty good.

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Fall Steelhead Comes Late To The Muskegon River

2014 Late Fall Steelhead

Not big numbers of steelhead yet, but the steelhead already here are well worth the effort!  Low clear water is keeping fish from entering traditional lies with 39-degree water temps.  Look for the next few days push of rain increase flows, slightly stain the water, and bring with it the first major push of fall steelhead up the river system.

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44 Degrees & Dropping!!

Muskegon River Steelhead

The count down begins as the water temps start to dip rapidly.  Steelhead will start to group up in larger numbers in select “winter lies.”

Muskegon River Steelhead

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Serenity Now!!

Jon's 2014 Fall Chrome Cutter

I don’t know what’s better?  Getting a few hours in to fish, multiple hook-ups, lack of boat traffic, epic battles with chrome so strong they kick your ass in seconds……or all the above?  I choose, all the above!!

Don’t let this current arctic blast of cold weather get you down.  Once the water temps dip below 40 degrees steelhead fishing gets easier.  They conjugate in deep pools or slow moving runs.  Instead of being anywhere and everywhere in the river they consolidate into key spots easily targeted.  Water temps have been dropping rapidly.  50 degrees the start of the week and 45 degrees 4 days later.  Look for the current trend of cold water to continue making the steelhead seek out their winter lies.

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It’s Not About The Numbers, It’s About The Measurement!

Chris's 25" River Brown

Chris holding the largest brown trout he ever caught; an outstanding 25″ Muskegon River Brown.  Congrats Chris!  Well done.

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November Steelhead On The MO!

Ed's 2014 Fall Steelhead

 Ed holding this really nice 30″ 13lb chromed out fall buck from today.

Water temps are starting to dip below the 50 degree point.  Numbers of steelhead are starting to improve.  Rain in the forcast coupled with cooler weather on the horizon should help bring more steel up the river system in the coming days.

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Let’s Try For Some Steelhead

Chris's 2014 Fall Steelhead

Here’s Chris with his Grand Daughter Katherine who decided to take a break from the salmon and try for some steelhead.  Great decision as Chris holds this awesome 12lb, 29″ buck.  Well done Chris!

The salmon poplulation is quickly deteriorating putting an end to one of the weakest salmon runs I’ve wittnessed in years.  On a bright chrome note….the steelhead numbers are increasing so is the weather patterns to bring more in the coming days.  Hold on tight…..the TUG can be a little overwhelming some times!

What’s This Fall Steelhead Thing All About?

Scott's 13lb 30 Inch 2014 Fall Steelhead


Congrats to Scott for this awesome 14lb, 30 inch male steelhead.  Not bad for his first steelhead ever!  Way to go Scott!! You earned this one my friend!

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All In The Family!

John & Family 2014 King Salmon

John's 2014 King

Zach 23lb King Salmon

Sam's 22lb King

Chad's 22lb King Salmon

Jogn With Another 2014 King Salmon

Sam's 24lb King Salmon

John's Last King Of The Day!

 John spending the day salmon fishing the Muskegon River with his family.

Special thanks again to the Gray Drake Lodge for hosting today’s trip.

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Jeff's 2014 Fall Steelhead

Bert's 2014 Fall Steelhead

Jeff's 2nd 2014 Fall Steelhead

Jeff's 2014 King Salmon

Bert's 2014 King Salmon

Jeff's 2014 King Salmon

Bert & Jeff's 2014 King Salmon

Jeff (pictured top) with Bert holding some excellent fall steelhead and some great king salmon.  Jeff’s first time ever steelhead fishing, just happened to hook and land a pair (male & female) over 13lbs each in excess of 30″.  Nice job Jeff!!

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