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TreArrow  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 3:33:01 PM(UTC)
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I was fortunate to be able to spend the past 3 weeks in Bayfield County exploring the incredible wild steelhead fishery that exists along the WI coast of Lake Superior. The Brule gets all the press and glory, but my best luck was on a handful of the smaller streams. These streams aren't as big, and have fewer fish than the Brule, but because of their small size tend to concentrate fish in certain spots really well. Find those spots and you can't go wrong. I had a few days where I caught 5 fish and easily hooked but lost twice that amount. My total catch for 12 days of fishing was 15 fish, with my biggest being a hefty 26+" hen. The scenery was as good or better than the fishing.

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First fish of the trip, with lamprey scar on its belly, I caught several fish that showed lamprey marks, although the population is being controlled through weirs and chemicals, its still clearly a problem for the lake
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23" Hen
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Big buck
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Prettiest fish of the trip
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Catching longnose suckers like this was a nice bonus, this one was 20" and I saw some that had to be almost as big as steelhead.
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I actually caught this fish twice in the span of half an hour, the first time it leaped from my net before I even unhooked it, after catching a few more fish from the same hole, I hooked another big fish, that was still carrying my egg pattern in its jaw. Fish was hungry!
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There should still be fish around for at least another week or two. Get out an fish!

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EddieRivard  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 7:41:31 PM(UTC)
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You are truly an inspiration. What a trip! Nice photos! ThumpUp
DanE  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 5:48:56 AM(UTC)
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Nice photos and report! What weight rod were you using?
turbomike15  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:14:55 AM(UTC)
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Great post and nice fish!!!
TreArrow  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:42:13 AM(UTC)
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DanE wrote:
Nice photos and report! What weight rod were you using?

I don't actually know, I bought it at a a pawn shop, its a beautiful custom made rod, and came with case, reel and line for 125$. My best guess is that its an 8 weight. Which was more than heavy enough for the flies I was casting, but with the amount of timber and brush in some of these streams seemed like it was barely enough backbone to fight these fish in close quarters. I lost easily twice as many as I landed.
EddieRivard  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:29:00 AM(UTC)
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How does one find himself in a situation where he he can spend 3 weeks in Bayfield County chasing chrome? Between jobs? On the lam? Sasquatch's nephew? Lottery winner? I must have an answer to this question. Confused
TreArrow  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:50:41 AM(UTC)
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I'm writing my PhD dissertation (as long as I have a computer and internet I can pretty much work from anywhere) and I have a relative in the area who needed someone to watch their dogs for 3 weeks while they were out of town. I know I'm one lucky s.o.b.

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Josey Wales  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:07:02 AM(UTC)
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Great report! Thanks for posting. Looks like a lot of fun.
RippinLips87  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:30:29 AM(UTC)
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EXCELLENT FISH!!ThumpUp ThumpUp
Fish 'til you swim with them
“Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.” ~Lee Wulff
kinni  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:42:11 AM(UTC)
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Awesome report and photos! How do you get those beautiful fish to lay so still and pose for the camera in the water like that? Don't they want to immediately swim away from you once they're in the water?
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