October 2022 Trip

Trip Overview

Our program recently had the privilege of working with a father and son from the neighboring State of Ohio. Both Airmen traveled to West Michigan to explore the lower section of the Muskegon River. Target species for this months trip consisted of Chinook “King” salmon, steelhead, resident northern pike, and smallmouth bass. Each species focused on a certain tactic of fishing coupled with covering vast amounts of the river. The group started off the morning “pulling” plugs through some of the deeper holes and runs in efforts entice a “King” or steelhead to swipe at the lure. Plugging flat fish type lures can be very effective because the erratic behaviors and attractive color combinations. Fish can’t help but to strike out of aggression and or territorial behavior. With little action on the plugs, the team switch tactics and focused our attention to throwing large articulated flies and hard/soft swim baits to northern pike and smallmouth bass. Mixed bag of fish came on both the fly and light tackle presentations.

The time spent on the water never disappoints! Great conversations were had reflecting on past service and the therapy that fishing adventures provide. Big thanks to both men for traveling to Michigan to spend time on one of the most pristine waterways in Michigan! Tight lines!!!

"I'm not much of a fisherman but this was a great experience. Eric and his team made sure we were well taken care of and he provided clear positive instructions. I would definitely do it again!"



"My son and I are both veterans and this was a great way to spend some quality time together and reflect on our experiences. We could not have asked for a better guide than Eric, he was polite, courteous and patient (especially with fly fishing!). I would highly recommend reaching out to Eric and his team at Flyin' Heroes you will not be disappointed!"

- ED

Recent Trips

September 2022

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.

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August 2022

Long days and short nights have allowed for great opportunities for pursuing early morning/evening warm water species such as northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass. Over the last few weeks, the temperatures in West Michigan have reached the mid 80’s by noon. River temperatures have held in the mid 70’s, allowing for a strong top water bite.

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