Late June Steelhead On the Muskegon River

Tommy (in blue) with a chrome steelhead caught June 20th on Muskegon river

Here’s Tommy (in blue) along with Kurt holding this awesome chrome hen steelhead caught June 21st on the Muskegon river.

Dry fly fishing has strongly improved now that the water levels are down from 5800 cfs the beginning of the week to 2600 this weeks end.

The higher water brought with it some fresh new steelhead in select pockets.  Both Tommy & Kurt hooked multiple steelhead today along with several trout on dry flies.  Caddis, sulfurs, and pockets of gray drake flies have been the top producers.

Special thanks to Matt Supinski owner of the Gray Drake Lodge & Outfitters for hosting todays trip.

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Trout With Dry Flies On The Muskegon River

Jimmy with a really nice Muskegon river brown trout caught on a dry fly

Here’s Jimmy with one of several nice Muskegon river brown trout caught with dry flies today.

Even with the higher water trout fishing with dry flies has produced several trout the past dew days largely in part to the extreme clarity of the very high water.  Caddis flies have been leading the charge with sulfurs and gray drakes not far behind.

Look for the water levels to come down even more the next few days and now that the sucker spawn is gone the trout fishing with dry flies is on!

Special thanks to Matt Supinski owner of the Gray Drake Lodge & Outfitters for hosting today trip.

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Browns That Go Bump In The Night!

Nice Muskegon River Brown Trout Taken On Dry Fly

Due to a last minute cancellation I was able to land this really nice brown trout on a Gray Drake pattern this evening.

Wet flies continue to produce although certain dry fly patterns (i.e. caddis) presented as a dry on a “dead drift” have been the best producers as of late.  Sulfurs, caddis, and gray drakes have made up the bulk of the dries right now.  Due to all the immediate food sources (sucker spawn) in the Muskegon, patience and presentation have been the keys to strike the big ones.  As the suckers start to move on the trout will start to look up.

Look for the next week’s warm spell and dry weather to drop the water levels and increase the surface hatches.

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Big Bows & Little Bows

Jordan with a football size rainbow caught on a dry fly

Jordan with a June 1st steelhead

Here’s Jordan from Rockford, MI with a very healthy (fat) Muskegon river rainbow trout caught with a dry fly and a June 1st, steelhead caught with an egg fly pattern.

Water levels have spiked recently to 3500 cfs with all this recent rain.  Good news is more steelhead have come up with the new push of water.  Streamers for trout are productive with the higher water.  Bad news is the dry fly fishing has become a little more challenging with the higher water and the cold front that moved in.

AM & PM hatches are strong with Caddis, Sulphurs, and Gray Drakes leading the way.  Look for water levels to recede and water temps to warm up the next few days allowing trout to look up toward the daily hatch.

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It’s Not Over Yet

Lori with an outstanding 14 lb 33 inch late May steelhead

Bill with a late May steelhead

Lori with a nice late May steelhead

Bill with another late May steelhead

The recent rain has brought in another fresh push of steelhead.  Here’s Bill & Lori with some really nice late May steelhead including Lori’s awesome 14lb, 33″ hen pictured above.

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Late May Steelhead On The Muskegon

Roger with a hard fighting May Steelhead

Roger with an outstanding late May steelhead.

Pockets of steelhead continue on the Muskegon.  Water temps and flows are perfect for streamer tips for trout.  Morning and evening hatches are progressing nicely.

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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.

post by: Jon Fortuna