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  1. Hey Sci, I moved to the area a few years ago too. I ran through mags, books, and websites (still do). They are all helpful in the learning. I consider FM to less geared to the migratory rivers than are other sites that are dedicated to the great lakes steelheader. They also have pretty strict guidelines about what is posted and even place restrictions on posting in areas recognized to be sensitive. That isn't defined here so whether that is the way to go or not is up to whomever is posting. I feel that more river detail in reports than level, clarity, temp isn't really necessary. Once you spend some time on the river you'll know what's up with that info. There are stories about how high traffic forums have impacted small fisheries in Michigan. A near to home example (though not river related) is the phenomenon of the 57 Chevy Bomber. That stick had been a good one but not clamored for until it got a little press on the boards. POOF, gone from the shelves of Marine General. Seriously, they hung on pegs for a while and then were gone in a flash. Apply that to a report from the north shore saying something like "we stuck 9 for 11 on beadheads and yarn" and see what happens. It only takes a handful of guys to show up on a North Shore stream to make it a crowd. Whether it harms the specific water is a judgment call. Saying the Lakers are in 90 fow over 120 fow in water temps around 48 degrees helps narrow the search but won't put other boats where you were. Saying we boxed a bunch trolling the mouth of the Lester dragging silver/green sticks will certainly put other boats on the water you're working (and they'll be dragging silver/green sticks). The river isn't as open as the lake. Everybody is looking for more productive water but most hits are guys just looking for the info and not trying to connect and enjoy the community that FM provides. Maybe just keep that in mind in the reports. Lota Lota...
  2. Hey Drifter, Are you sure Quickstrike was jumping on "baiters" and not "treblers"? Maybe I read that wrong. I'll speak for myself on this one AND, just to be clear, I'm NOT saying anything that follows applies to you. So... I don't often see a pile of fly tying supplies laying on the bank. I do often pick up spent styro boxes laying on the bank. I don't often see a rats nest of fly line wrapped around debris on the river edge. I do often pick up a rats nest of mono complete with shot and hooks. I don't often see a guy flinging a fly in one hand with a beer in the other. I do sometimes see guys parked in holes with a cork rod in one hand and a beer in the other. I also pick up beer cans laying around those holes. If somebody crashes into the water I'm working or pinches me off the drift pattern I'm following, it is more frequently a "baiter" than not. These observations lead me to feel that SOME "baiters" either don't understand or don't care about the resource as much as they could. More important though (even if it is a digression), is that I've learned to keep the details of the tribs to Superior quiet. Mostly just a report containing water level, clarity, or temp (which is enough to know what's up). I can fish a barbless fly all year long and offset that effort with a post or two detailing my successes on whatever river I fished that day (this thread in itself has around 1,200 hits). I haven't fished the Brule for long, maybe 14 years. I have lately seen some areas that I enjoyed for their relative solitude turn into high traffic areas. Maybe it's the PR brought by the handful of sites that see reports show up. Maybe not, but it is astounding to me that the same report will both note the fantastic day that was had and then lament how others choose to use the resource. The report is an open invitation with no covenants on style or purpose. The Brule has a wicked learning curve. It sounds like you, Drifter, are familiar with it. maybe it's not the method, but the learning process that brings a steelheader to understand, value, and protect the Brule River. Lota Lota...
  3. I fish the river quite a bit in both fall and spring run. I do all right overall but get maybe a handfull of fish in the 30" range in a season. I guess I don't know for sure what my biggest is. I fish mostly by myself these days and so tend to skip the measurement/photo and move on to the release. The DNR knows exactly how many of them are in and what size they are (there is a camera at the weir). Chat with one of the COs when you see one (and say "thanks" for keeping an eye on things). They'll tell you there aren't too many 30"+ fish in the river. It's safe to say your dad's 34" would have been a beast though. I do know that a 28" fall run will have it's way with you like it is 40" long... Lota Lota...
  4. lotalota

    Survey

    1.) What is your favorite MN stream trout? Rainbow Trout (Do steelhead figure in the deal?) 2.) Do you target trout when fishing? Yes 3.) If yes, what kind of tackle do you use? Fly Fish 4.) Male 5.) What is your age? 30-40 6.) Where do you live? NE MN Lota Lota...
  5. lotalota

    Duluth Summer items 30% off

    Just stopped in at Marine General for a few things and found they are unloading all flashers and flies at 30% off. Same goes for Powerbait, Lindy, and all their Musky stuff. And just after I loaded up the flasher box for Door County... Lota Lota...
  6. Hey Jim, Who knew I'd rubbed elbows with celebrity? GREAT show on the Cheq Bay fishery. You guys sure covered a lot of water, eh? Looks like you put them on some beautiful fish too. I especially like the dialogue segment "This smallie is HUGE!!!", "Well, actually, that's a pretty average fish 'round here". If I was sitting in my living room itching for a trip I'd have been scribbling your number down as it rolled across the screen. I think I've already got it around here somewhere... Give me a buzz. Gotta talk Esox mas with you. Lota Lota...
  7. Hey Jim, Who knew I'd rubbed elbows with celebrity? GREAT show on the Cheq Bay fishery. You guys sure covered a lot of water, eh? Looks like you put them on some beautiful fish too. I especially like the dialogue segment "This smallie is HUGE!!!", "Well, actually, that's a pretty average fish 'round here". If I was sitting in my living room itching for a trip I'd have been scribbling your number down as it rolled across the screen. I think I've already got it around here somewhere... Give me a buzz. Gotta talk Esox mas with you. Lota Lota...
  8. We took a run over to Door County last week along with Nordquan1 and his new boat to put a little time on the water. It was a great trip, as usual. We arrived at Gill's Rock on Friday AM instead of Bailey's due to wind/waves on the main lake. We were in the 61 degree water by 0400 and around to the north of the peninsula well before sunrise. Lines down, waiting in the dark for the morning flurry and...nothing. No Flurry. A fish here and there but that was it. We moved from 100' to 40' and back out to 120' but got to action. The sun was well over Washington Island before the riggers started going. Once they started they stayed consistent until we ran out of energy and headed to shore to catch some late morning zzz's. We were back at it in the PM and found the same deal as in the morning. Consistent action from the start but no "witching hour" at dusk. Both Saturday and Sunday were the same deal. Intelligent fisherman (like OutdoorNut) slept in and hit the water a little later. Less intelligent fisherman (like us) insisted on getting in the water at 0400 so we could wait for the sun to come up. Why??? Because you never know I guess. The fish on Friday wanted to be spoon fed. Most fish hit dipsys out 150' at 3.5 but we also had a lot of hits on the high riggers running down 35' and 65' off the ball. At Cheffrey's suggestion, I picked up a blue/black dot Needlenose and also picked up a green glow and red glow in the same Needlenose spoon. I wish I'd had more. The green Needlenose ruled the day taking over half of the fish in the box on day one. The blue NN accounted for several more. We also did well on a an unnamed blue dolphin spoon (wish I had the name. It was good and we lost both of the pair I had). Saturday we were back up at it out of Gill's. We started with the ending spread from Friday but ended up switching over to flashers by mid-morning. Top rigs were green or white E-chips in front of JR glow flies tied at 23" back and run on a full core. The new blue/glow Opti flasher did well too and the green and blue Needlenoses were still picking up fish off the riggers. We had 6 fish in the box at 0900, hit a pocket of fish and converted a quad plus two to make it 12 in the box by 0945. Sweet!!! We took a run out of Bailey's on Sunday AM bucking the swells the whole way down to last years waypoints. We took a tack down shallow water while Nordquan1 headed deep. We should have followed them out. We recorded our first skunk ever over there while they managed a number of nice fish out deep in the early morning. It was pretty rough by the time we called it off and headed to shore, humbled and tossed about. It was good to see Outdoornut and his nice new rig as well as run into Harpoon. Good to see the FM boys holding their own out there. We all noticed that there were a lot of short strikes all weekend. We had at least as many releases as we did fish in the box. Probably more. The rod would pop up and there would be nothing there. Anybody else getting that this year? We had the same experience over the weekend of the 4th last month. We also lost A LOT of fish in the midst of the fight for no particular reason. We had a fish that had a 12" wide back right at the back of the boat. It hit a lead core, ran out to 900' and came back to the boat. Lots of tearing around and jumping. It came to the back of the boat and the hook just slipped out of it's mouth as it finned 2 feet out of net range. New hooks on all the spoons and everything but we lost a lot of fish. All the same, we came home 4 fish shy of a 6 man possesion limit and the freezer is well stocked for the grill and the smoker. We're considering a trip over in late September/early October to chase around the 3 year olds that are still out there. Anybody ever try that? Lota Lota...
  9. If you haven't yet decided where you are going to stay then I would suggest going out of Sturgeon Bay or north up the peninsula. You'll find the most charter options in Sturgeon Bay and the fewest in Gills Rock but each port has good captains. There are two reasons we go from those ports. First, I can get my boat on the water SOMEWHERE no matter the wind direction (not a big deal for you if you are chartering). Second, There are a lot of things to do on the Door, particularly on the western shore, once you are off the water. Check out the chamber of commerce HSOforum for Door County for a good listing of charters, lodging, etc. Just thinking about those kings gets me worked up. Up at 0330 to be on the water, off by 0900. Back at it by 1700 and done for the day at 2200. Gets a little grueling if you are more than 4 days at it but it ain't vacation if you don't come home beat down tired with sore arms... Lota Lota...
  10. By bait shop I assume you mean a place to buy live bait. I think the gas station in town sells some of that stuff. I know they have some basic river fishing tackle. The Classics, just south of town, is a full service fly shop. If you are coming from the east there is also a good fishing shop in Iron River right on the main drag through town. From the west hit the Bait Box in Superior on your way out of town. As nice as it is to spend money in the area you're fishing, it is tough to do in Brule unless you are a fly guy. Other than that I'd look for the yellow "Walt's Crawlers" signs sitting outside of any of the gas stations. Lota Lota...
  11. I put just short of 750 miles on the 'burb for the weekend. That is from Duluth to Gladstone, driving around a couple of days, heading to Bayfield to drop off Jim and then on home to Duluth. The drive isn't bad if the snow holds off. You are on Hwy 2 the whole way and only need to turn off the Hwy to get to your hotel. We just took that picture of the tag and put the fish back in. It was REALLY cold and we were worried a bit about hurting the fish if took the time to hunt around for something to write down the info. Lota Lota...
  12. Tackle for the trip - $125.00 Gas for the trip - $154.00 Food for the trip - $60.00 One 25" walleye from LBDN - $339.00 Diving down the hole to grapple JKH's 'eye in -20 wind chill - Well, you know... We sure moved around as much as we could and tried about every presentation out there. Too darn cold and too darn windy to do much hole hopping though. The recommended jigging raps brought in a lot of fish for a look but didn't turn many lookers into biters. Even the slighted wiggle would send them off the screen (except for the pout that LOVED a #5 GGT with a shiner tail on the back hook). Good trip all the same. Learned a lot about the area for next time over which should help a lot in the hunt for the hog next time around. Regarding the question on whether or not it is doable on your own...I'd say absolutely, with a few caveats. First, ice conditions are a big unknown whenever you head to a new spot but particularly on these bays of the great lakes where currents swirl around and the water temps stay warmer longer. You'll want to contact one of the shops in the area the night before you get there to get updated conditions. There were a lot of permanents in some areas we fished early but many guys were pulling them off the ice at night and into more secure locations, presumably because they may head off on an ice floe if left out. We stopped in at Bayview Bait near Gladstone and chatted with the guy there (and got bait and some recommended gear). The fishery is different there than most of the fishing around here and they can help out with special rigs and gear. Next, buy a quality chart or map of the bay and study it. Better yet, stick a chip in a handheld GPS/Chartplotter and combine it with your pre-trip planning for exact locations. Jim and I had some help but we also picked a few spots on our own to try. With the exception of deeper water, the same structure elements seemed to concentrate fish as you would expect to on an inland lake. Finally, expect to take a few knocks the first day or two out there. You'll learn things like the fish don't bite at night in the spot you expected them to. You'll learn that AFTER you've set up camp for a 16 hour overnight shiverfest and have a dozen pout to show for it (not that there is anything wrong with a pout here and there). It is a very diverse body of water with big fish potential. It just is going to take me a few times over there to put the pieces together. That's part of the fun. Lota Lota...
  13. Hey Alagnak, Shoot me a note at [email protected] I am looking for a bigger house, something like you've got... Lota Lota...
  14. Good report, Ev. I'm getting pretty jittery in advance of the FMers trip over there. Were the fish you cleaned filled up with alewives or were they empty? The Ellison Bay fish were empty for us. Funny thing since the surface was covered with the little buggers at sundown. I've gotta pick up a few more of those Needlenose spoons. They ruled the dipsys for us last time we were over there. Maybe oughta try them on a leadcore rig too. I'm for sure gonna try running the N2 and N3 Jewels in the blue glow as a "mup" rig on this next trip. Let's see...it's lunchtime, the network is down, and Marine General is open...what to do... Lota Lota...
  15. No steelhead but we didn't target them. Most of the kings we got were nice sized 4 year olds. We did have a few smaller fish mixed in...more than usual actually. I never put a tape on the fish but there were quite a few that were curled up in the 160qt cooler. The dimensions on that are something like 42" long. Of more interest is the fact that we were taken out beyond 400 feet on the line counters more than a couple of times. Those kings can count from 100 to 400 REALLY fast!!! Let us know how you like Journey's End. We'll be staying there in August. Lota Lota...
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