Experience

The Experience

Participants will experience a unique guided float trip down the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and/or the White River located in West Michigan. The program also offers fishing trips on inland lakes throughout West Michigan. Each participant will be instructed on the basic techniques of fly and or light tackle fishing. Fishing activities are held from within a drift boat, on a riverbank or physically wading into the river depending on the comfort level of each participant.

Each fishing trip will range from 4-8 hours and includes a streamside meal prepared by Flyin’ Heroes. In addition, all the necessary fishing tackle, rods, and waders are provided.

The event is free. Transportation is provided to/from the fishing grounds.

The Benefits

U.S. military veterans will gain confidence while feeling a sense of accomplishment through an outdoor recreational setting. Flyin’ Heroes assists in enriching the veteran's lives through a therapeutic recreational opportunity that encourages the development of life skills and personal growth through teamwork, positive attitude, and achievable results

Fishing is simply the tool that allows us to connect with our local community of veterans.

Our organization focuses on the importance of creating lasting relationships and lifelong memories on the river. The program is open to all veterans regardless of era or branch served. All that is required is a copy of a DD-214 showing an “honorable discharge”.

"My Flyin' Heroes experience wasn't about catching fish, it wasn't even about fishing, for me it was the chance to spend time on the water learning new skills that I could apply in my everyday life such as patience and vision which helps to make me a better person."

- Matt V. "Hooks set are free"

“This was a great way to spend some quality time together and reflect on our experiences.”

- NICK, 2022 PARTICIPANT

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Recent Trips

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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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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