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

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Riverquest Charters

Phone icon616-293-0501 Email iconfishon@riverquestcharters.com Link iconriverquestcharters.com
2109 East Garber Road
Newaygo, MI 49337

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The Story

Join RiverQuest Charters 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!


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/

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proper Rod, Proper Steelhead Steve, I wanted to thank you again for an amazing day on the water. You are a fantastic teacher and I learned a ton from you today. Thanks for your patience and all the feedback, and for putting me on a fish of a lifetime and coaching me how to land it (while remounting the reel!).
Date published: 2019-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Experience of a lifetime The combination of superb teaching, patience, wealth of knowledge was incredible. I caught the fish of a lifetime and owe it all to my guide. Fun conversation, excellent food, and amazing fishing.
Date published: 2019-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great October Trip! The Muskegon River Lodge crew provided and outstanding experience, with all the amenities, and Bright Chrome fish to top it off!
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fishing trip!! Fished with Steve in October for the second time. Fantastic experience. Learning how to swing flies with Steve’s patience coaching is very rewarding. The lodge is very cool and the man room is awesome. Delicious meals cooked by a gourmet chef. Can’t wait for our dates next year!
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Guides! The river and fish are incredible but the experience is better! Steve and his staff are top notch and really take pride in their customers having the best experience possible.
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Consistently Great!! This trip was my 8th year to Muskegon River Lodge and this place never disappoints. In fact, it just keeps getting better. The MRL and Riverquest folks' attention to detail is second to none and the fishing has been consistently great. Guides Jay and Ryan put us on some great steelhead this trip. Can't wait to get back for year #9!
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Steelhead I couldn’t be happier! My first steelhead swinging flies....what a fish!
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning to swing Swinging flies for steelhead was new to me, but the patience and instructions of my guide Steve led me to my first steelhead on the swing.
Date published: 2019-07-09
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