Kings, Bows, & Browns! Gotta Love This Time Of Year!!

Muskegon River King Salmon

Doesn’t get much better than this.  Kings on the swing, bows and browns on dry flies!  Salmon are starting their migration into the river system.  The recent fresh push of water coupled with cooler air & water temps are signaling the massive giants to come home.

Muskegon River Rainbow Trout

Green and cinnamon caddis is in full swing right now on the Muskegon.  Several large size trout were poised to attack our dead drifted caddis and nymph flies last night.

Muskegon River Brown Trout

Never gets old stalking nice size trout on the rise, making a good cast and watching the water explode as they decimate your dry fly top water.

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Got Trout?

Brad Gehl's Bow

Was an absolute pleasure to guide Touring PGA Golf Professional Brad Gehl and his dad Jay for a very relaxing day of tout fishing on the Muskegon river.  Opportunities for hook-ups were had all day long.  Dry flies and streamer patterns were key.  Water levels remain very strong for this time of the year on the Muskegon.  Caddis and Midge patterns are really starting to gain momentum.  Surface activity for trout is best early morning and evenings.  No salmon spotted yet but it won’t be long.  Look for the trout fishing to get better every day here on out as we get closer to October.  Colder water temps with cooler nights is going to kick the trout into feeding frenzies from here on out.

Special thanks to Matt Supinski and The Gray Drake Lodge for hosting the trip.

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Cahill Caddis & The Trout Who Love Em!

Feels great to be back on the river!  Feels even better having experienced good top water activity with the cahill & caddis hatch last night.

Muskegon River Rainbow Trout

Recent rains really turned the bite on.

Muskegon River Brown Trout

For those who never trout fished the Muskegon River late August thru September the name of the game is patience.  These trout are selective.  They test every ounce of skill you possess with your fly rod.  Longer tippets, multiple fly changes, & timing your cast is crucial for success.  Last night, the Muskegon River gods smiled upon me, as I connected with some really nice trout with the bigger ones missed keeping me coming back for more.

Extremely happy to report the water levels (1400 cfs) on the Muskegon are exceptional for this time of year. Never seen better water levels for late August.  Surface hatches of cahill and caddis flies are on the rise.  Bottom line, the stage is being set for another outstanding fishing season this fall on the Muskegon.  Dry flies for trout is center stage right now followed by salmon & steelhead in October.

Fishing dates are filling up fast with some excellent dates still available for late season dry fly trout thru September followed by king salmon and steelhead starting in October.

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Saturday, 5th Of July Fly Fishing The Muskegon

Catching steelhead thru mid-June, pro-longed cooler water temps heading into July, epic gray drake hatches…..these are just some of the very real, very positive effects from the long cold winter we suffered thru.  This past Polar Vortex continues to extend the life of our trout fishing on the Muskegon  by maintaining cooler water temps.  Streamers and nymphs continue to be the recent weapons of choice despite the growing emergence of caddis flies in the upper stretches, cahill’s and iso’s (mayflies) in the lower.

Ron with a nice 5th of July brown trout

Despite the hundreds of tubers choking the river system, Ron form Chicago got the job done with a really nice brown trout taken with a nymph.

Special thinks to Matt Supinski owner of the Gray Drake Lodge for hosting the trip.

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Muskegon River Brown Trout!

Here’s John and his two sons Jack & Mike showing them how to get it done with a really nice Muskegon river brown trout caught on a gray drake pattern in an area feeding among several smaller trout.

Johns awesome brown trout


Muskegon River Brown Trout


Johns fat Muskegon River Brown Trout


Sucker spawn is rapidly diminishing causing trout to key in on other food sources at top water i.e….flies.  The evening gray drake hatch is still present but the opportunities at large size trout feeding on these hatches is getting more and more selective as key areas have seen a lot of fishing pressure.  The caddis hatch is starting to increase in select areas.  Look for your best opportunities at slow moving bends just before dark or sunrise.

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Bows & Browns

18" Muskegon River Rainbow Trout

Caught this really nice 18″ rainbow on a “spent” drake pattern.

18" Rainbow Trout

18″ Muskegon River Rainbow Trout.

2014 Muskegon River Gray Drake Hatch

“One in a Million.”  Muskegon River Spent Gray Drake Hatch.

Almost seems like the enormous hatches we’ve been experiencing throughout the day on the Muskegon are causing the trout to be much more selective.  In the coming days look for the sucker spawn to subside.  This will only help our cause getting the trout to look up.

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Bows Going “Bump In The Night!”

Carter's Awesome Rainbow

Pictures never do these large trout justice in just how big they really are.  Here’s Carter from Rockford, MI with his first ever Muskegon river rainbow trout caught on a fly rod with a gray drake pattern.  All Carter wanted to do was “touch a real rainbow trout” as this was the only north american game fish he’s never really seen first hand.  Well, Carter’s wish came thru in a big way with this awesome bow and several other browns.  Congrats Carter, hope you stick with fly fishing for many more years to come!

June 8th, 2014 Gray Drake Hatch On Muskegon River

Just as pics don’t do justice to the size of the trout, nor does this pic due justice to the true size of the prolific gray drake hatch we witnessed.

Spent Gray Drakes On Muskegon

Almost seems impossible the odds of a monster trout striking your fly pattern among the thousands of real spent patterns.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Put The Steelhead Rods Away For Summer!

Jon's 6.10.14 Muskegon Steelhead

Jon from Minnesota with his first ever steelhead taken on a fly rod with a stone fly.

Muskegon River Gray Drake Fly

The gray drake hatch has been very strong the past few days.

Brad's Muskegon River Rainbow Trout On Fly

Brad from Chicago with his first ever rainbow trout taken on a fly rod with a gray drake.

Jon's 2014 June Steelhead

Jon with another mid-June, yes I said…..mid-June steelhead taken on the Muskegon river.

Got the best of both worlds going on right now with another amazing push of fresh steelhead up the river system and suckers spawning with very large browns & rainbows feeding behind the beds.  Dry fly fishing is outstanding in the morning and evening hours.  I’ve witnessed several large trout rising.  We know where they live for anyone interested in the opportunity to hook a 20+ inch brown or rainbow.

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

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The Gray Drakes Are Here!

Amy with a nice rainbow trout

Amy from Rockford, MI pictured holding her first Muskegon River rainbow trout caught with a fly rod.  The evening hatch of Gray Drakes is exploding right now on the Muskegon.

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Still Standing

May 25th 2014 Steelhead

Steelhead still exists in pockets on the Muskegon.  Drop backs are found in and around spawning Red Tail Suckers.  It’s that time a year again where the transition from thermal winter wear and waders are traded up for shorts and sandals.  Steelhead rods start to take a back seat to streamer tip and dry fly trout rods.  Water clarity is improving.  Water levels are dropping to the 3,000 cfs range.  The stage is being set for excellent trout fishing to come.

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