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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Bois Brule?

Hi everyone,
Just found out that I will be in Minneapolis for work this early Oct. Can some good do it yourself spey water be found on the Brule at this time? Is it worth extending my stay a couple of days and driving up there? I have done a search and found some info but anyone with additional insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, Chris
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Early October is an excellent time to be on the Brule. Wisconsin posts their fishway data by week (link for 2011 data below). Early Oct is generally peak for fish passage over the fishway, which is located in the lower river. Its not all that big and typically not that wide for its volume as its fairly entrenched due to the sand substrate it runs over. You'd probably be better off with a single hander or switch rather than a 2 hander.

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Oct. is a great time to be on the Brule....and there is a lot of great swinging water. Run timing varies by season..but early Oct. always sees some steel, as well as shots at lake run browns and coho's. Lots of good access...pretty much pick a spot and go. Can be a lot of pressure in the fall, so don't be surprised to see a lot of people, pretty much everywhere you go...

Small spey rods 10'6" to 12'6" in 5/6/7 wt will do the trick for swinging.
My go-to is an 11' switch rod..either 5 or 7wt. Leeches, intruders, classics...whatever you have confidence in will do the trick. Bring some sink tips.

There's a couple places to stay, Brule Hotel and Brule River Classics, as well as a couple campgrounds.
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When you use the words "at this time" I'll remind you the river is closed until March. But October 2013 will be a nice time to be there. It closed Nov. 15th.

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thanks. I meant next Oct. Cheers.
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Having fished it once for four days in prime time as a blind date on, my experience was a little disappointing. The gal was a flake and her friends all fished 'yarn' flies. I swung stones on tips and could not compete with glo bug yarn on a snelled hook dead drift. I left the girl and her egg drop soup quite happily. But I remember it being a very pretty gl trib that river of presidents. Lots of jacks/half pounders. I wished I was fishing lighter tackle. No regrets not landing that bigger hen.

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I have fished the Brule for a long time. I grew up not far away from that river and have fished it through out my whole life. Every year I make my way home from AK to MN to deer hunt but I always make sure to run over to the Brule for a day or two. Its a beautiful river. Oct is a good time to fish the Brule for steelies and there are a few kings in there as well. I use a 7110 Sage ZAxis Switch. Its not a huge river but there are some good swing holes. Stop by Superior Fly Angler Fly Shop in Superior,Wi and talk to Matt. He will dial you into whats working well. Good luck and enjoy the beauty of the Brule.
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