Techniques & Rigging

West Michigan Angler is a year round guide service that specializes in fishing for Trout, Steelhead, Salmon, Smallmouth Bass and other game fish with both fly fishing gear and light spin tackle.   The rivers we guide range from small, intimate spring fed streams, to lakes, hidden backwaters and large western style tailwater rivers.  They include west Michigan’s White river, Grand River, Kalamazoo river, St. Joseph river, Flat river, Manistee river, world famous Pere Marquette river and the exceptionally diverse Muskegon river.

We have been serving the fishing community for over 15 years, providing the best possible experience to anglers of all ages, from “never touched a fishing pole”, to advanced fly casters who have traveled the world over.  We are strong proponents of “catch-n-release” fishing and do so utilizing different fishing techniques, from basic spin gear, to the various fly fishing rigs & techniques for each, as shown and described below.

Rigging

The only “rig” not illustrated at this time, is that for dry fly fishing.  A simple set up and the one most often associated with “fly fishing”, it’s simply a weight forward floating fly line, with a 7-10′ tapered leader and dry fly tied on the end of the leader.

  • Excellent way to sight fish salmon, steelhead and trout in shallow water.
  • Flies get natural drift.
  • Easy adjustment to change depths for fishing different parts of the water column.
  • Gets flies near bottom and suspends them above stucture.
  • Casting skills required to effectively fish this type of rig.
  • Use on 6-10 weight fly rods, for trout, salmon and steelhead.

  • Great way to cover very long runs thoroughly, excellent deep water nymphing set up for Steelhead and Trout.
  • Great for bigger water such as the Muskegon river.
  • Easy adjustment to change depths for fishing different parts of water column.
  • Gets flies near bottom and suspends them above structure.
  • Some casting skills required, but not hard to learn.
  • Use on longer 2 handed rods for “spey” casting – 7-9 weight rods, in lengths from 11-14 feet, for trout, salmon and steelhead.

  • Great way to cover water and look for aggressive fish, either with swung flies or stripping while on the move.
  • Allows you to fish stronger tippet.
  • GREAT strike !
  • Some casting skills needed, but not hard to learn.
  • Use on 5-9 weight rods., for trout, salmon, steelhead and bass.

  • Most effective way to fish deep on big water such as the Muskegon river for salmon and steelhead.
  • Flies stay in “strike zone” for longer time.
  • Best way to fish long distances, with the least amount of effort.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Use on 6-9 weight fly rods, for trout, salmon and steelhead.