admin on December 11th, 2013

Our February seminar will feature fishing guide Jay Allen and includes dinner. He’ll talk about fly-fishing on the Muskegon River.

February 5, 2014 at Stonewater Country Club
7177 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Caledonia (map)
6:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Cost is $30 per person and pays for dinner. Please pay via PayPal now or we can accept cash/check at the door. Cash bar.

If you have questions, please call or email Eric Johnson at 616-399-4438,


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About Jay Allen

Jay has fly fished for over 25 years and guided for 14 years. Guiding in the eastern and western parts of the United States has given Jay diverse knowledge and experiences which contribute to his unique perspectives on fly fishing. Jay managed a fly fishing program at a guest ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming – a role which contributes to his providing an exceptional fly fishing experience.

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Having worked with anglers of all ages and skill levels, Jay offers clients great opportunities to bring fish to hand, all the while teaching techniques sure to improve success on any water. Jay’s passion for entomology is particularly evident in his understanding of the intricacies of nymph fishing. Of course, as with all RiverQuest guides, each guided trip with Jay is centered on the guest, thereby adding to the enjoyment of an awaited day on the river and creating lasting memories.

Marc Montpetit on November 22nd, 2013

The SWMTU board of directors would like your input on the newly released schematic design of the rapids restoration project in the Grand River.  The Grand River does not classify as a cold water watershed, however many cold water streams feed the Grand River, and SWMTU plays an important role in restoring, protecting, conserving and connecting our valuable resources in West Michigan.  We value our member’s feedback, so please drop us a note with your thoughts about the plans by 12/1 for review at our December board meeting.

admin on November 11th, 2013

SWMTU’s Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Pietro’s Backdoor Pizzeria, 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, Grand Rapids. Cost is $10 per person, kids under 12 free.

Please join us for family fun to celebrate the holidays and trout fishing in West Michigan.

We will have games and drawings for the kids, food for all, and a cash bar for the adults. If you have any questions, please contact: Eric Johnson at 616-399-4438,

When RSVPing, please let us know the number of children and ages so that Santa’s elves can get to work!


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admin on November 11th, 2013
The Great Lakes Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers will host the 14th Annual Fly Expo on December 7th, in Holt, Michigan.  The Fly Expo is the Council’s largest single fundraiser to support its Conservation and Education programs. Click here to read more about the 2013 Fly Expo
admin on September 25th, 2013

In early September, three SWMTU members volunteered their time to help out a group of men on a fishing retreat with Reel Recovery, an organization that takes men who are recovering from cancer on free fly-fishing retreats.

We’d like to thank Larry Risbridger, Eric Johnson and Tom Mundt for helping out with this great cause. You can read the full article from the Lake County Star by following these links:

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