Archive for November 2011

Haunted by a Big Fish   Leave a comment

Recently I read an article on The Drake Magazine’s website called “The Haunted“, by Will Rice. It brought back to memory a moment I had on the Brule River a couple weeks ago.

Stephen Rose and I had just come back to the river after lunch on our second day of Steelhead fishing. The first day yielded a couple of nice fish and a couple of smaller jacks. We had help from Steelhead ninja Tim, of Fly By Night Outfitters that first day out, and we were hoping to capitalize on what we’d learned.

We spent the morning of the second day fishing a section of river we weren’t familiar with, scared away from known sections of the river by cars. Bad choice. We were too far downstream, there weren’t any holes, and there weren’t any fish.

So, back to after lunch. We parked in a familiar place and hit all the spots Tim had shown us the first day. As the afternoon passed, and our casting arms tired, it was looking like a bust. But then, on a long downstream drift, the indicator popped. It didn’t look like a snag, and indeed it was not. I raised my rod tip and pulled on the line with my stripping hand, and I had a fish on!

The fish only stayed under for a second, then made a big, broad-sided leap fully out of the water. I got a look at it and it seemed to be a hand over two feet long. Nice! Back into the water splashed the fish, and that’s when Stephen looked upstream and saw the aftermath of the acrobatics.

And then, it was gone. Snapped off in a flash. My exhilirating connection with that beautiful creature was severed. FUUUUUUUUUUck…..

I can still see that silver slab arching its body above the water along the far bank.

After the echo of my yell died down, I reeled my limp line back in and sat on the bank. Then I tied on another rig and got back at it.

Hunting for Steel on the Brule

Hunting for Steel on the Brule

Camping in the Trees   2 comments

You may or may not have known this, but camping in the trees beats sleeping on the ground any day. Hennessey makes the finest hammocks around. Stephen and I each used a Hennessy on our trip to the Brule River last week, and from setting up camp in a flash at 2am to packing up camp at 5am in a flash, I had the best three hours of sleep I’ve ever experienced. The next night was great too, when I slept from 9pm to 7am.

I highly recommend you give this way of camping a go. You’ll feel so much better in the morning.

Stephen admires a Hennessy Hammock slung in the Brule River Forest

Stephen admires a Hennessy Hammock slung in the Brule River Forest

Freakin’ Gorgeous   3 comments

The Brule River Valley is freakin’ gorgeous. It’s haunting me, and I’m not sure I can get back there soon enough. I am completely envious of everyone who lives in Duluth, simply because they’re less than an hour away from this amazing river.


The Bois Brule River, Douglas County, Wisconsin

The Bois Brule River, Douglas County, Wisconsin


Another Happy Steelheader   Leave a comment

Stephen Rose has wanted to fish the Brule River for Steelhead for a long, long time. Last year didn’t work out too well. A lot of fish were caught, but our fishing there was a bit early in the season for steel.

This time, it was different.

Stephen Rose lands a nice Brule Steelhead buck

Stephen Rose lands a nice Brule Steelhead buck

Next time it will be differenter still. Next time we’re after the big stuff. With the knowledge learned this year and the taste of success we got, we’re prepared for more and bigger fish in the future.

Steelhead Dreams   1 comment

My first real, actual Steelhead, caught on Saturday in the Brule River. I can’t believe I’m a Steelheader!


Tom with a 25" Brule River hen

Tom with a 25" Brule River hen

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Posted November 5, 2011 by Stephen in Wisconsin