RiverQuest Charters

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

RiverQuest Charters


Go fly fishing in Michigan with RiverQuest Charters—a client-centered fly-fishing guide service on the Muskegon River since 1996. The Muskegon River offers year-round fly fishing with seasonal opportunities for steelhead, salmon, resident rainbow and brown trout, and smallmouth bass. The Muskegon River lends itself perfectly to the two-handed caster. Our passion is swinging flies for steelhead and trout. Seasonally, technical and deep nymphing, dry-fly fishing, and sink-tip streamer stripping are productive methods for the single-handers, too.

RiverQuest Charters guides are, above all, lovers of fly fishing and gracious, enjoyable hosts. As a matter of fact, you will often find them on the river on their days off...fly fishing. They love to teach and that is why they count it a special privilege to introduce people of any age, and with no prior fly fishing experience, to one of the great sports...their sport.



$495 per boat per day. For more information click our rates page.


Chinook salmon
Rainbow and brown trout
Smallmouth bass


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; resident brown and rainbow trout
September: Resident brown and rainbow trout; Chinook salmon
October: Chinook salmon; steelhead
Mid-October–December: Steelhead


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

Typical Weather:

Typical weather by season.

MONTH: High / Low

JAN: 29 /14
FEB: 32 / 15
MARCH: 42 / 24
APRIL: 56 / 35
MAY: 69 / 45
JUNE: 78 / 55
JULY: 83 / 59
AUG: 81: 57
SEPT: 72 / 50
OCT: 60 / 39
NOV: 46 / 30
DEC: 34 / 20

What is Provided:

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

What to Bring:

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

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.


Catch and release only
Lodging assistance available


RiverQuest Charters
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service
Steve Kuieck
2109 East Garber Road
Newaygo, MI 49337

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