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Fly Fishing the Muskegon River

Offering national quality fly fishing year round, the Muskegon River with its anadromous runs of steelhead and salmon and resident brown and rainbow trout is a substantial western style river with prolific caddis and mayfly hatches and tremendous numbers of salmon and steelhead fry supporting the fishery. The Muskegon River lends itself perfectly to the two-handed caster. Our passion is swinging flies for steelhead and trout. Seasonally, technical and deep nymphing, dry-fly fishing, sink-tip streamer stripping are productive methods too for the single-handers too.

 

 

Species you fish by season

January-February: Steelhead; resident brown and rainbow trout
March-early May: Steelhead; resident brown and rainbow trout
Early May-early July: Resident brown and rainbow trout
July-August: Smallmouth bass; resident brown and rainbow trout
September: Resident brown and rainbow trout; Chinook salmon
October: Chinook salmon; steelhead
Mid-October-December: Steelhead

 

 

 

Sample of typical trip (itinerary)

RiverQuest Charters, the exclusive fly fishing guide service for the Muskegon River Lodge, offers full day float trips that typically begin at daybreak during spring steelhead season and progressively begin later in the day as resident trout fishing takes center stage. Once caddis and mayfly hatches commence in mid-May, float trips begin in the early afternoon and conclude after nightfall. Summer and early fall trout and smallmouth bass trips may be scheduled to begin in the morning or afternoon. Fall Chinook salmon and steelhead floats typically begin at daybreak, although they may be scheduled with later starts. Winter steelhead floats begin in late morning and conclude in late afternoon.

 

Date range

Year around.

 

 

Region/terrain where you fish

Western Michigan, Muskegon River, 45 miles north of Grand Rapids at Newaygo.

 

Typical weather by season

MONTH: High / Low

  • JAN: 29 / 14
  • FEB: 32 / 15
  • MARCH: 42 / 24
  • APRIL: 56 / 35
  • MAY: 69 / 45
  • JUNE: 78 / 55
  • JULY: 83 / 59
  • AUG: 81: 57
  • SEPT: 72 / 50
  • OCT: 60 / 39
  • NOV: 46 / 30
  • DEC: 34 / 20

 

 

Gear

  • Steelhead fishing: 7-9 wt. rods, 9-11 ft.

2 spools- WF floating line, .25 floating running line or equivalent

 

  • Spey 12.5’-14’ 7-9 wt.

Skagit or Scandi—intermediate or floating w/ .030 floating running line

T-type tips

 

  • Salmon fishing: 8-10 wt. fly rods, 9-10 ft.

3 spools- WF floating line, .30 floating running line or equivalent, Streamer Express type lines, 300-400 gr.

 

  • Trout fishing (dry/nymph): 4-6 wt. rods, 8-10 ft.

WF floating line

 

  • Trout fishing (streamers) 6-8 wt. rods, 9 ft.

Streamer Express type lines, 250-300 gr.

 

  • Smallmouth bass fishing: 6-8 wt. rods, 9 ft.

2 spools- WF floating line, Streamer Express type lines, 200-300 gr.

 

For more Mo’ fly fishing info visit the RiverQuest site.