|Muskegon River in Newaygo, Mich.|
I walked around the deck, down the small ledge and into the crystal clear water. This was my inaugural visit to the Muskegon so I have no frame of reference, but I’d say the tailwater was at the “low and clear” stage. No other anglers were in sight. I tied on an intruder style fly and started the slow process of exploring the river’s runs and pools.
Two hours later I returned to my car, removed my fishing gear, put the spey rod back in its tube and headed north. No fish. No signs of fish. But I got in some good spey casting practice. And I learned that the Muskegon is a beautiful, big river that will be worth returning to some year (but not this year) when the salmon are in.