Another great day on the Namekagon River! I decided to do a little exploring by poling up river near Larsens Landing going almost to the HWY 63 bridge crossing. Lots of fishy looking water with out a lot of foot traffic from what I could tell. If you have never tried canoe poling, you should, great way to cover a lot of water, plus you don't need to worry about a shuttle.
Water levels were perfect for wading. Late afternoon water temps were between 48 and 50 degrees. Very breezy today, 15-25 mph gusts. The air temps warmed up into the upper 60's. The good thing was the wind blowing from the south, so I got a little help poling up river. Mostly sunny, with a some high thin clouds.
15 browns in total, mostly covering a lot of water wading downstream swinging streamers. I did get a few on nymphs, but mainly interested in covering new water. Biggest fist was around 15". I did break my Brook trout record, 15" inches!! I've never fished the Cable area of the Namekagon River, but know that brook trout exists in the river and have caught a few above the Hayward area. I had the best day for brook trout on the river today. They were going hard on the streamers. Once you catch one, you most likely in a stretch where more of them are holding. They don't exists in all areas of the river. You have to put the leg work in to find the better holding areas. Caught 4 more from 10"-13" inches, but lots of nippers and a few that unbuttoned. Now I can understand the old reports from years ago about catches in the pounds. Please cherish this precious resource for generations to come.
Remember to de-barb those hooks and practice CnR.