Gray Drake Lodge & Outfitters  Newaygo, MI   231-250-2846

Michigan's Ultimate Year Round Steelhead, Trout and Salmon Flyfishing Experience!

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Gray Drake Lodge and Outfitters!
7522 S. Gray Drake Bluff
Newaygo, MI 49337

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(231) 250-2846
(231) 250-2845

 

WE OFFER IT ALL WITH CURBSIDE GUIDE SERVICE! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE IT TO OUR LODGE AND REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER, YOUR TRIP HAS BEEN MADE. OUR HEATED JET AND DRIFT BOATS ARE DOCKED BELOW THE LODGE AND READY TO TAKE YOU OUT WITHOUT THE HASSLE OF FLOATING DOWN THE RIVER IN A SNOWSTORM OR PUT IN A ICED UP BOAT LANDINGS. IF YOU GET COLD, WE CAN WISK YOU RIGHT BACK TO THE LODGE FOR A WARM FIREPLACE OR A STEAMING HOT TUB WITHOUT THE HASSLE OF HAVING TO ENDURE THE REST OF THE DAY!

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The Gray Drake Steelhead Guide Service

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Steelhead is our passion! Guiding on the Muskegon for large, broad shouldered Michigan strain steelhead up to twenty pounds in the fall, winter and spring and pursuing the gargantuan Skamania steelhead which run during the summer on the St. Joseph's River and Big Manistee, we can guide steelhead anglers 365 days a year. By combining these rivers, without doubt we can create the ultimate and unparalleled world class steelhead fly fishing experience.

Starting in October, large wild and wild origin stocked steelhead will ascend the Muskegon on the heels of the wild Chinook salmon run. By fishing Spey rods with bright marabou Spey flies and streamers or bottom drifting egg patterns and nymphs, aggressive takes to the fly will occur during the warmer water period lasting into December.

Steelhead will ascend the Muskegon all winter long due to its warmer tail water and ice free flows providing for some spectacular fishing in January and February. For those that have experienced winter Steelheading, it is perhaps the most rewarding time of the year. When a large buck steelhead in the 18lb. range hammers your pink egg fly in the gut of a deep run during a January or February afternoon, the exhilaration and satisfaction is immeasurable - also you usually have the river to yourself along with the Bald Eagles that tower amongst the snow capped pines.

A lovely fall day spey casting on the Muskegon.

March, April and May see the mother lode of the spring run. Steelhead become very finicky and take small nymphs in a traditional nymphing method. At the end of May and early June, steelhead can be caught on the dry fly during the massive Gray Drake and Isonychia mayfly hatches.

Since the Muskegon is progressively becoming more like a spring creek, our
steelhead are adjusting to the gin clear waters and feeding on caddis and midge larvae, blue winged olive nymphs and scuds - picture fourteen pound silver steelhead eating size #18 scuds!

In addition to Great Lakes nymphing, strike indicator fishing and streamer stripping, we have come to embrace modern Spey rod tactics such as Skagit, Scandinavian, traditional and switch rod methods. Watching a steelhead slam a swinging fly is a thrill of a lifetime!
 

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