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Posted 06 July 2015, 10:33 pm NDT
We say the main lodge is a great place for a jovial review of the days events. Yes, for certain it is. This evening the fire is crackling, drinks are pouring over our signature 10,000 year old iceberg ice, and our guests are having a great review indeed.

So far I've heard, "the pool was full of fish this morning!". And, "It's hard to find a grilse!"

Our guides and guests are seeing a lot of fish, and a lot of nice large salmon. Today our camp hooked 27, of which only two grilse were...
Nelson handles and releases this beauty for his guests
Posted 05 July 2015, 2:19 pm NDT
Well, yesterday there were 16 fish hooked in camp.

Almost all anglers had hooked up however briefly.

I heard tales of a fish rising 11 times before he revealed to be a lovely 85 cm specimen. I also heard of a fish rising 5 times and on the sixth pass.....another fish took the fly. Don't ya just hate when that happens!

Fish were seen jumping in most pools in the river.

I have seen some photos that show some spectacular jumps and a nose dive. I will update when I have downloaded.

Over all we have a happy group of anglers!

Posted 04 July 2015, 2:18 am NDT
Our new group of guests start their weeks with success. 6 hookups today. As we anticipated the size of these Salmon are the annual Large run of Salmon. The morning started with rain, but ended with warmer temperatures and bright sunlight. River still dropping.

Many fish reported in pools. One guide reported seeing at least 11 fish in one part of a pool.

They are just not flying? Our guests are not asking when are the fish coming....they now ask where are the fish that are taking the fly coming?

We have heard reports of large fish on the river yesterday during our changeover. 41.5 inches (105 cm). That's over a meter of salmon! Congratulations to that Lucky angler!

Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come!

Posted 02 July 2015, 10:27 pm NDT
Brian fighting a fish at Whitebear. (larger version)
Our first group of the year just departed camp, and our new guests are settling in.

Fishing wise, this has been a tough week. All other aspects of the week have been great. This has been a great group of guests and we have really enjoyed hosting them. Wish we could say that the salmon treated them as well as we did at the lodge. From reports we have been getting, rivers right from the Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland and north to here have been late. Unusually late. We have been seeing...
Posted 28 June 2015, 8:32 am NDT
A little late, but salmon are starting to hit the Eagle River. Several have been seen and our guest, Brian, hooked into a large salmon in Pratts yesterday. It went over a lip of fast water and slipped away but it was our first hookup of 2015! We hear reports of a fish caught at 'The Gap', 17 miles upriver, and also reports of large salmon in White Bear River. And there must be plenty of them spread across the ocean, as we had a report of turbot fishermen sighting salmon 106 miles north east of Cape Horn.

We expect that over the next couple of weeks the river should see plenty of fresh fish with every rising tide. Bring it on!
Posted 26 June 2015, 11:59 pm NDT
coming down over Pratt's on high water, June 11th, 2015 (larger version)
We came to the lodge on June 10th this year to a very flooded river. Ice had left Sandwich Bay only about 10 days before that. The river was a raging 5 meters high and discharging an incredible 1400 cubic meters per second of water when we crested The Gorge for the first time in 2015. We had a busy two weeks of more remodeling and maintenance at the lodge as we watched the river level drop. It has dropped 2 meters, and flow reduced to around 400 cubic meters/second. Still plenty of water,...
Posted 07 August 2014, 11:02 pm NDT
8 year old, Cody, with the nice salmon he landed today. (larger version)
Another great day has passed and tomorrow marks the end of another week! This is our last group going out tomorrow. It is kind of a shame as fresh fish are still coming in and we are still hooking up quite well. We have two guests this week that have little to no experience. And both have had a taste of salmon success. It's great stuff! Which brings us to the photo and some huge congratulations to Cody! Cody is 8 years old and is here on a trip with his Dad that we donated to a Ducks...
Posted 04 August 2014, 12:38 pm NDT
The air temps have been pretty exhausting the last couple of weeks with temperatures well into the high 20's and low 30's repeatedly. Bright sunny days have warmed Eagle to 69-70 degrees F. Thankfully there is still a nice bit of water and the fish have plenty of deep holes to hang out in. The challenge is that they are not taking fly very well in this heat and brightness.

Our guests have been hooking up the last few days, but averages are down to around 2-3 hookups a day and it takes the...
Posted 01 August 2014, 7:11 am NDT
Hard to believe but the month of July just passed us by. Today marks the end of another week for us here at the lodge and we say good-bye to what has been a fantastic group of guests. We 'Screeched' in our guests from Quebec and made them honorary Newfoundland and Labradorians, and had a great time putting together film for 'The Newfoundland Sportsman' tv show.

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...
Posted 28 July 2014, 11:02 pm NDT
Fishing action improved today over the last couple of days. The reports from most of the guides brought in a camp average today of 6-7 fish hooked per guest. And a lot of rises besides. The river temp remains at 67-68 F, and the water level continues to fall. Still high enough for good success in Backriver, but we expect to be fishing the Bathtub pool within a couple of days, possibly tomorrow.

With the results still holding strong and reports of plenty of salmon and grilse still being...
Our guide, Nelson's, father and brother having a great time! (larger version)
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