September 2022 Trip

Trip Overview

There is no better time to be in Northern Michigan than right NOW! The brisk mornings, changing leaves, and our rivers are alive with the annual return of the Chinook “King” salmon. The “run” is on and new fish are entering the river systems daily. Pods of fish can be found throughout the river system. For this month’s trip, Flyin’ Heroes choose to target the fresh Chinooks moving in the lower sections of the Muskegon River. Fish have started their annual migration from Lake Michigan to the mouth of the Muskegon River in Muskegon Lake. Timing is everything, and getting out on the water at sunrise is hard to beat right now!!! Our participants were treated to a wonderful display of a fog mixed sunrise on the river!

Covering water and switching tactics allowed our team to locate a few decent players for our participating veterans to enjoy. Chinook’s were caught fishing plugs through the deep holes where the fish were staging for their push up river. Later in the day, our team switched tactics and focused on fly tackle and stripping streamers for northern pike and smallmouth bass. Our team at Flyin’ Heroes was grateful to have the privilege of sharing the natural beauty and prestige back drops the Muskegon River with two outstanding individuals.

“My trip with Flyin Heroes was top notch
unforgettable. The crew stayed in touch with me and kept me informed on weather conditions, requirements and provided everything in order to be safe and successful. We were also given options of how we wanted to proceed on the water which gave us a sense of control of our own experience and supporting our confidence level with trying new things.”


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“From the time I learned about the program, to the actual event, I was treated like the most important person in the world throughout the process.”


Recent Trips

July 2023

During the month of July, the program switched gears from cold water species to focusing our attention to the backwaters and bayous of the lower Muskegon River. Our main target species included both large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and muskellunge (musky). Hot and humid afternoons and the ever increase canoe/tubbing “hatch” pressure, kept our focus on the early morning or late evening bite. Thunderstorms rolled through the area helping to keep the system charged with higher than average river levels. Conditions were ideal for our veteran anglers for pursuing fish on a variety of tactics.

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June 2023

Our program recently had the privilege of working with a Marine from West Michigan. Our team assembled at the beautiful Muskegon River Inn located in the quaint downtown area of Newaygo, Michigan. The Inn is conveniently located in close proximity to some of the best tailwater trout fishing in the state. June is an excellent time to pursue trout on either a dry fly or a traditionally swung wet fly. Several varieties of mayflies, such as the famous gray drakes, sulfurs and iso’s are common along with caddis and the occasional large stonefly. Needless to say, the Muskegon River is full of aquatic life and provides a substantial food source for trout and other game species that reside in its waters.

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Experience a unique guided float trip down the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and/or the White River located in West Michigan.