The fishing over the last couple of days has slowed down. Not surprising as water temps during this very hot and bright week hit 70 degrees F. We are still seeing fresh fish in the river every day but they are not coming to the surface very much in these temperatures. Yesterday the lodge hooked 23 fish between 9 guests and the day before was very similar. Not typical results for Eagle but everybody has been hooking up, and we have been hooking a few in the 12-14 lb range as well.
We also took a group of 4 out to Sandwich Bay for some trout fishing yesterday. The trout were plentiful,(literally seen dozens in the water at a time following lures and bait), but they were not taking well. We still landed 11 beautiful sea run brookies in the 1 - 2 1/2 lb range. They were glutted on bait fish and had no interest in taking lures. Great fun though and a wonderful afternoon! Very soon these fish will be heading back into the river and we will be angling them here on fly along with our August salmon.
Tomorrow we welcome a new group. We are hoping for a cool off and a bit of rain to liven up the river. There are showers in the forecast but temps are still forecasted for mid 20's. According to reports coming from river south of us in Labrador, fresh fish are still coming in quite steady. That is great news for us. There should be no problems with seeing fresh salmon well past the end of our season. Stay tuned!