Go Time For Summer
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Go Time For Summer

The heart of trout season arrived with midsummer heat and humidity. As you would expect, our hatches, therefore, are running in overdrive. Water temperatures have increased dramatically, and so it’s time for the Muskegon River’s aquatic bugs to take center stage. Our trout are in excellent condition, and when they rise to the dry flies that we present to them—with four, five, or six weight rods—it’s fly fishing at its classic best. It’s funny—one of the coldest springs on record extended our spring steelhead run and then the month of May finished as one of the warmest—resulting in our current excellent dry fly and nymph fishing for resident trout. Truly, Mother Nature loves to play! 

Gray Drakes, Sulphers, and very soon Isonychia mayflies are the primary players prompting our trout to look up. So far, AM sessions are offering the most reliable hatches, though with considerably fewer numbers of insects than what the evenings offer. So, whether AM or PM is your preference, and you’ve not taken that next step in your fly fishing growth journey, consider getting on the river with us for a full day of teaching, coaching, and, we would hope, success with this most delightful type of fly fishing.

And, as if this were not enough…

The arrival of summer-like heat and the corresponding pop in water temperatures have smallmouth bass catches increasing daily. Streamers cast with sink tip lines are currently most productive, but soon, the transition to top-water smallmouth popper fishing with floating lines will be a reality. Honestly, pound for pound, smallmouth bass are among the most feisty fish we chase. They’re strong, acrobatic, and reliable feeders, which make them an excellent entry point for people new to fly fishing. We cover lots of river as our jet boats drift with the river flow downstream controlled by our wirelessly operated bow mounted trolling motors. The name of the game is “Lay that popper tight to the cover, let it settle, and give it a pop or two—or three—or four. No takers? Pick it up and hit that next spot.” It’s nonstop target shooting with most days yielding good to excellent numbers of hookups. In short, it’s a blast and a greatly underutilized sport fishery resource.  And, the great dividend about a smallmouth trip is that the skills you learn transfer immediately to your fly fishing that condo pond, lake, or stream right near your home.

So, why not think about including some time in our boats with us on the Muskegon River this summer? Whether you fly fish for trout or smallmouth bass, you really can’t go wrong.

Our bookings at the Muskegon River Lodge for the Trout and Smallmouth bass Season for Muskegon River Fly Fishing are coming together nicely! If you are not yet on the schedule to stay with us for some great fly fishing but are interested in staying in our spacious Muskegon River Lodge take a moment to give us a call at (616)293-0501 to check out our open dates.

Our privately secluded lodge on 12.5 wooded acres with 400 feet of prime Muskegon River frontage, the Muskegon River Lodge is the official home of RiverQuest Charters guests, a “Catch and Release Only” fly fishing guide service. Ideally located amidst some of the Muskegon River’s finest steelhead runs and dry fly water, the Muskegon River Lodge offers superb fly fishing literally a cast away from the deck overlooking the river. In addition, our guests are spoiled to superb meals cooked just for them by a private Chef.  We have openings available for the Fly Fishing season but they won’t be available for long. The great news is that we have plenty of Trout in the Muskegon River, and it’s only going to get better with each passing day! We truly believe 2018 will afford us some of the best quality trout fly fishing and smallmouth bass fly fishing we’ve seen for some time.  Visit our Contact Page to reach out to Muskegon River Lodge or check out our rates.
Steve Kuieck
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