Call them ‘steelhead’ or don’t, the old salt vs freshwater debate concerning the title of these anadromous wanderers takes nothing at all away from the fact that the fish we are fishing for when Lake Superior trout and steelhead fly fishing is a notoriously tricky fish to pattern, and will rock your world on the end of a fly line! Spending most of their lives in the open waters of Lake Superior is what separates these fish from stream dwelling Rainbow Trout in both name and size.
One of the larger south shore tributaries on the western end of Lake Superior, the Bois Brule river, enjoys quality runs of wild steelhead and lake-run brown trout and is the primary location of our steelhead trips. Early Spring and mid- to late-Fall are the best times to strap on the waders in search of these migratory trophies.
Although it does see its fair share of angling traffic, the Brule river is a very pristine system that has quite a bit of history to it as well. With over 20 river miles accessible to anglers during the spring and fall steelhead seasons and a consistent spring and fall run of fish, the Brule is one of the most famous destinations for Wisconsin fly fishing for good reason.
Guided Lake Superior trout and steelhead fly fishing trips on the Brule river are a great way for anglers to become acquainted with a notoriously challenging fishery. Fly fishing for steelhead is a pursuit with a pretty steep learning curve and spending time with a professional guide can shorten that curve considerably. We enjoy teaching and explaining the techniques and conditions that make fly fishing for steelhead such a difficult, yet rewarding pursuit.