A century ago, conservation biologists believed there was little hope for Wisconsin to be a great fishing state. Today, however, the state boasts over 13,000 miles of trout stream, and one expert says it’s the “best of times” for trout fishing. Click on Wisconsin Trout to read the full story.

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In recent decades, warming temperatures have begun to threaten our freshwater fish and the thousands of outdoor recreation jobs that depend on them according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation (the Club is a member of the affiliated Wisconsin Wildlife Federation). Warming waters mean lost habitat for cold-water species, the likely encroachment…

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The climate crisis is changing the playing field for wildlife and action is needed to preserve America’s conservation legacy, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation (the Club is a member of the affiliated Wisconsin Wildlife Federation). The report examines case studies from across the country, illustrating how global warming is altering…

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Annual variability in steelhead numbers returning to the Brule river is large with the best runs following periods when large skipjack year classes occur in back to back years. Year class strength is dictated by a combination of stream and lake survival which can influence total returns dramatically. To see graphs for total steelhead and…

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During the mid 1970s to mid 1980s, prior to the installation of the lamprey barrier/fishway on the Brule River, anglers raised concern about a perceived declining steelhead population. After careful deliberation by state and concerned citizens, a stocking program utilizing Brule River strain fish was instituted. The initial stocking strategy was modeled after recent successful…

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This pattern, the Brule Skunk, is a spey version of the classic west coast Green Butt Skunk steelhead pattern with some variations to make it distinctive to the Brule River and the era of fly fishing it represents. The inspiration for the pattern came from a variety of sources. For example, the green butt of…

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