July 2023 Trip

Trip Overview

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. Ripping streamers, popping topwater, and pulling plugs all produced fish. There’s nothing better than watching the aggressive strikes of a northern pike just feet from the boat or the explosive take of a topwater bite from a large or smallmouth bass. Fishing is much more than the act of enticing a fish to strike, but instead an opportunity to embrace the beauty of our natural surroundings and the therapeutic qualities that come from fostering fellowship and camaraderie on the water. Our team at Flyin’ Heroes is blessed to have the opportunity to share such experiences.

Tight lines,


“Bill and I can’t thank you enough for taking us out fishing on Friday. It was great spending time on the water with you. The whole experience, from the lodging to the float trip to the incredible shore lunch, made for a day that we won’t forget!!"



"Thanks for the trip, Eric! I had a great time!"


Recent Trips

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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October 2022

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.

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