Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter Service in Newaygo, Michigan.

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RiverQuest Charters

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Newaygo, MI 49337

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The Story

Join Tom Werkman on your fly-fishing trip to Michigan—we’re an Orvis-endorsed outfitter with expert guides impassioned about fly fishing. The Muskegon River, with its broad size, classic steelhead runs, and pools, lends itself perfectly for the two-handed rod. Commonly referred to as Spey fishing, this two-handed fly-fishing technique singularly rekindled my fire for fly fishing more than 10 years ago. Sure, a fly can easily be swung off a single-hand rod, but not nearly with as much ease and efficiency. While most commonly used for steelhead and Atlantic Salmon, the boundaries of two-handed fishing have been erased by the development of rods and lines for trout and bass, giving fly fisherman access to the sport year-around.

Our passion for the sport of two-handed fishing grows by the day and we consider it our privilege to not only guide our fly fishing guests using these techniques, but also importantly, to teach the methods and techniques associated with two-handed fall, winter, and spring steelhead fishing, Trout Spey, and summer smallmouth bass.

Two-handed fly fishing is more than just a technique–it’s a passion that we look forward to sharing with you.

Single-hand fishermen will find ample opportunities year-around on the Muskegon River, too. Simply put, we have something to offer you 365 days a year!

What is Provided:

RiverQuest guides supply lunch, beverages, snacks, and have premium fly-fishing gear available for your use.

Gear Recommendations:

Steelhead fishing: 7-9 wt. rods, 9-11 ft.
2 spools- WF floating line, .25 floating running line or equivalent

Spey 12.5'-14' 7-9 wt.
Skagit or Scandi—intermediate or floating w/ .030 floating running line
T-type tips

Salmon fishing: 8-10 wt. fly rods, 9-10 ft.
3 spools- WF floating line, .30 floating running line or equivalent, Streamer Express type lines, 300-400 gr.

Trout fishing (dry/nymph): 4-6 wt. rods, 8-10 ft.
WF floating line

Trout fishing (streamers) 6-8 wt. rods, 9 ft.
Streamer Express type lines, 250-300 gr.

Smallmouth bass fishing: 6-8 wt. rods, 9 ft.
2 spools- WF floating line, Streamer Express type lines, 200-300 gr.

What to Bring:

  • Seasonal clothing (our boats are spacious, extra clothes go along way when it's cold).
  • Waders optional
  • Rain gear
  • Polarized glasses
  • Camera
  • Fishing license


Catch-and-release only.
Lodging assistance available.


January-February: Steelhead; resident brown and rainbow trout
March-early May: Steelhead; resident brown and rainbow trout
Early May-early July: Resident brown and rainbow trout
July-August: Smallmouth bass
September: Resident brown and rainbow trout; chinook salmon
October: Chinook salmon; steelhead
Mid-October-December: Steelhead


  • Steelhead
  • Chinook
  • Salmon
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass


Western Michigan, Muskegon River, 45 miles north of Grand Rapids at Newaygo.

Typical Weather:

MONTH: High F/Low F

January: 29/14
February: 32/15
March: 42/24
April: 56/35
May: 69/45
June: 78/55
July: 83/59
August: 81/57
September: 72/50
October: 60/39
November: 46/30
December: 34/20

Rates start from: $495 You can find all pricing information at: http://riverquestcharters.com/rates/

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