The Brule River North of Highway 2 opens up this Saturday morning, as well as a few other South Shore Tribs. There will be fish to be caught on opening day, but as always, there will be plenty of people along the river. It's a good way to get your first open water fix of the year, so everybody seems to make the Brule opener a tradition of sorts. After a crazy high water spring season last year, this year is shaping up to be quite the opposite, but the rivers should be fishing good through April. Low and slow is the name of the game early in the Steelhead run. All the fish in the Brule right now will be holdovers from last fall and the best way to get at them is to fish smaller flies (stones, prince nymphs, x-legs and of course egg patterns) under an indicator in the slow holes and bends. The fish are pretty lethargic right now, but they're hungry. Good luck if you head out this weekend.
The ice is getting sketchy out there, best to call the shop and see what's happening day to day. Most people are calling it a season, but from the recent reports of smelt fishing through the ice, it looks like we should be in for a good run this spring, so we've got that to look forward to as well.
Back now from the Bahamas, we'll be getting the boats ready soon for the upcoming Smallie season, which is not too far off now. Hopefully we're not dodging ice bergs in mid-May again this year!