Spring and Fall Run Guided Fly Fishing Trips for Steelhead on Wisconsin's Boise Brule River

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Brule River Steelhead



In the late 1800's steelhead were stocked into the Lake Superior system and a wild strain of these fish has been developing ever since.  Steelhead traverse tributaries around a majority of the lake, but their nature leads them to adapt to specific river systems.  The Boise Brule river is unlike any other in the world and its population of steelhead is well known for keeping anglers on their toes.  




The learning curve is steep, but the rewards are grand- a wild steelhead fresh from Lake Superior can make you reevaluate your priorities and rearrange your schedule.  Our guides are true junkies when it comes to steelhead season, spending every available hour tuning in to these wandering beauties, giving our anglers the best possible chance to hook and land a lifelong memory.

Covering water and finding active fish is a major part of steelheading, so be prepared to put on some miles.  Arrangements can be made for anglers not wishing or not able to make long hikes, but under certain conditions water covered can be directly proportional to fish hooked.



Rates and Trip Info

The 2009 spring season on the Brule opens on March 29 and fishing generally stays pretty consistent thoughout the month of April and the first part of May.  Most seasons, a majority of the fish arrive in the fall, and fishing during that season can be fantastic.  Locating fish is the major battle, but they are aggressive and willing to eat when you find them.  Call the shop or your guide for up to date information on the run you are planning to fish.

Rates for the 2009 season are $275 for the first rod and $100 for a second.  Groups of more than two will typically require a second guide at the same rates.  Please contact the shop to discuss special circumstances or any other questions.  A minimum 50% deposit is required to reserve your date(s).  Deposits are refundable for cancellations made at least 15 days prior to the trip.  In the event that a trip cannot be made due to adverse weather or water conditions we will do our best to reschedule, but a full refund will be issued if this is not possible. 

What you need:

  • A comfortable set of waders that don't leak.  Breathables are more comfortable for walking and making crossings, but neoprene will work as well.  Felt soled boots are strongly suggested as well- they provide much better footing than lug soles which leads to safer (and drier) crossings.  Check out our online store for our selection of wading gear.
  • An outer shell (ideally waterproof) and enough layers to be comfortable in a wide range of conditions.  Always bring more than you think you need- you will fish much more effectively if the weather is not an issue.
  • A comfortable hat and a good pair of polarized sunglasses. 
  • A willingness and desire to learn the techniques neccessary to be successful.  Our guides are there to teach, but the more you can prepare beforehand, the better off you will be.  Contact the shop or your guide for more information on the specifics of your trip.  

 We provide:

  • All flies and terminal tackle, such as tippet/ leader material and weight. 
  • Upon request, a rod and reel outfit- typically a 9' or 9' 6" 8wt with a floating line.
  • Transportation from an arranged meeting location.
         note: if you are fishing with more than two anglers, or you would prefer to use your own vehicle please let us know so that we can plan accordingly.


Buzz with his first Brule steelie

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