Cooler nights, rain and fish in the Brule.
We finally seem to be out of the heat of this long summer. Nights are getting cooler now and water temperatures are dropping a bit more to the fishes liking. Browns are in the Brule and were starting to see a fair number of salmon in the river as well. No real reports of steelhead in the Brule yet but that should be soon. Check out the pools and deeper runs in the river for these up-river bound fish. Dark nymphs, egg sucking patterns and flies on the swing have been productive. Some really nice browns are also being taken from dusk till dawn with a mouse pattern. Hex season is not the only time to experience the thrills and spills of night fishing on the Brule.
The hot summer also warmed up the area lakes but things are picking up in the warm-water arena too. Small to medium northern pike are smashing top water flies cast up against the deep edge of the weed beds. Some surprisingly large northerns are being fooled this way as well. Pencil poppers, Dahlberg Divers, deer hair frogs and mice are all taking fish. Try early mornings and from about 5:00pm up until about dark.