The Brule Steelhead Fishing Opener

Fisherman Prepare to Get Back Out on the Water

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The river is open and fishermen around The Northland are excited to cast their lines for the first time this season.

And they’re not the only ones who are ready. The steelhead are running upstream, and for them, this spring opener means it’s time to mate.

“We’ve been waiting since November 15th to get back on the river again,” said Dan Keup, an avid fisherman and salesman at Superior Fly Angler.

For Northland fishermen, the steelhead spring opener is like Christmas in March.

“It’s just one of those sports that you get addicted to. I enjoy it so much, it is my favorite pastime,” Keup added.

This weekend, hundreds will swarm The Brule River with hopes of making their first catches of 2015.

“It’s kind of the start of spring for a lot of people,” explained Dan Kephart, a Ranger for Brule River State Forest. “They dust off their fishing gear and they get out there and they enjoy the river.”

Our friends at Superior Fly Angler are making sure locals are well–prepared for The Brule.

“You can’t go to The Brule without having a prince nymph,” said Keup. “And then also the red fox squirrel. This is another one. I call this ‘Old Faithful,’ and I will not go without having this in my fly box.”

An easy rule of thumb to take with you for the trip…

“The more wiggly and fly-buggy-looking, the better you are,” laughed Keup.

Local businesses in Brule are anticipating a busy weekend, but appreciate how the crowds benefit their town.

“The river is a big plus for this community. It makes the town of Brule,” admitted Larry Hendrickson, Owner of Twin Gables Café.

After a dry winter, fishermen can expect the river to be more shallow than normal.

“Water levels are low for this time of year, but overall it should be very fishable,” explained Kephart. “There’s enough water that the fish should be moving, and the fishermen should be able to access those fish fairly easily this year.”

Besides, it’s not always about walking away with the biggest catch.

“Once you start hooking fish, it’s just one of those things,” said Keup. “Just enjoy being there, just enjoy being on the river.”

Last year fishermen found themselves nearly waist–high in snow. That will not be the case this year, as the trails are clear and ready for the crowds this weekend.

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