February 15, 2024

Well folks what a strange ride we have been on.  Going from low water and no snow, to several feet of snow, to the huge melt and spring like conditions and then just like that thrown back into winter.  Mother nature is definitely having a fun time throwing us curve

The Manistee River

I have long preferred the soothing and varied tempo of the Manistee River- ‘Spirit of the Woods’ as legend would have it, restores and refreshes me. It’s more popular sister river to the east, The Au Sable, can hold the title/moniker birthplace of Trout Unlimited, but the 190 miles of

February 8, 2024

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It’s been WAY TOO LONG since my last report.  Very busy fall and tough conditions were not motivating me to post.  The fishing picked up and is heading in the right direction as Spring approaches.  We just had a nice bump in water levels

Nice Days

Shaking off the optimism of this warm up has been difficult.  A big warm-up like this isn’t always great for the trout catching but it’s nice to be out on the river, of course, smelling spring smells: Melting snow and pines and wet logs.  I’ve had a few anglers from

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February 5th 2024

Well folks, for the first time in a couple years Punxsutawney Phil popped out of his burrow and was unable to see his shadow – it looks like spring will be here before we know it.   Now if that isn’t great science, I don’t know what is.  All sarcasm

Finally, Some Steelhead In

After a challenging fall for steelhead, it seems like we finally have some showing up in the upper sections of the Muskegon. Indicator fishing has been producing, with many grabs on the swing. The extended forecast calls for above normal temps.

We did see a few steelhead on redds

January 31, 2024

Well, the hiatus is officially over and I’m ready to get back at it. Right on time as it turns out with this weather and water so… Let’s goooo!! We have a guide or guides available most of February as it stands as well as some scattered stuff in March

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