Photos: Anglers, kayakers take to the Brule River
"Seems fitting for a warm Saturday afternoon, where folks were nowhere to be found in a car, one only needs to turn to the Brule River to find bustling activity," writes Jed Carlson.
BRULE — I was out for a drive Saturday, July 9, and found myself out on the Finish Freeway — also known as Douglas County Road FF for those of you not from the area.
It had been a solid 20-25 minutes since I had seen another vehicle. I started slowing down as I coasted down a slight hill while I neared the bridge that crosses over the Brule River.
Once over the water I came to a complete stop, still no cars in sight. I looked to the right. Nothing. No big surprise.
Then I turned my head to the left and caught a glimpse of two people out in the river. I pulled my vehicle into the fishermen’s parking lot and turned the car around. I parked and walked back to the bridge to grab a couple shots of the anglers fly fishing the River of Presidents.
As I make a few images, I notice color coming from the top of my viewfinder. It wasn’t color from the natural beauty of the Brule, it was a group of kayakers huddled together after making their way through the Lenroot Ledges. The kayakers eventually paddled past the duo fishing after they moved to the bank to share the river and a little piece of their afternoon.
After grabbing a few more shots as the kayakers moved through the quick flowing waters, I wandered down and talked a little with the pair fishing, Travis Johnson and Maddie Kraemer.
“We just got here, but we’ve both caught some already,” laughed Johnson, a student at Lake Superior College.
Seems fitting for a warm Saturday afternoon, where folks were nowhere to be found in a car, one only needs to turn to the Brule River to find bustling activity.