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Eagle River, Labrador
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Posted 30 July 2013, 4:59 am NDT
There is some relief in site in the Goose Bay forecast over the next few days. It is only showers so we are hoping that somewhere within those showers will be a few good downpours in the Mealy Mountains and the network of string bogs and brooks that feed the mighty Eagle. The river is still dropping but it has slowed to the rate of less than an inch a day.

Many of our anglers had success yesterday. One experienced angler fished hard yesterday and hooked 9 fish, and one of our beginners...
Posted 29 July 2013, 8:56 am NDT
Our water continues to drop about an inch a day but thanks to cold nights the water temps are still in the mid 60's which is very good. Our anglers are catching some salmon and grilse but the action is slow due to the water level. Our experienced anglers are still having multiple hook ups a day while our beginners are finding it more challenging.

Yesterday, Dwight took 6 of our guests to North River in Sandwich Bay for a day of Sea Trout fishing. And what a time they had! The trout were...
Posted 27 July 2013, 5:20 pm NDT
Rookie Angler With First Ever Salmon (larger version)
Although we have low water conditions our anglers are being successful. In the first evening half of our anglers have hooked fish.

One of our young anglers who had his first salmon fishing experience just two years ago has remembered his training and was successful in landing 2 grilse during his first evening of fishing. His Father and Brother were also successful and landed fish.

This afternoon I had the pleasure to witness one of our new group of guests who had never fly fished before...
Posted 26 July 2013, 7:11 am NDT
We are still experiencing low water levels for this time of year. The river is almost a full meter lower than this time last year. On the positive side of things, the river has remained at a reasonable temperature thanks to some very chilly nights we have been having.

From the recorded weather information we cannot see that there has been much in the way of precipitation. Our access here on the river is limited to the information that we can find online. One of the guides who lives in...
Posted 25 July 2013, 8:00 am NDT
No doubt about it the water level is abnormally low for this time of year. We have seen it much lower but a dry July month has brought the river down to 1.6 meters. More and more fishing is being done by wading now than we usually do.

But, despite the tough conditions, Eagle is still producing for our guests! There are plenty of cool deep holes with fish and they are taking fly. Not the numbers that our guests are used to (Eagle has them spoiled, haha!) but they are still averaging 2-3 a...
Posted 24 July 2013, 1:10 pm NDT
Difference between July 14th and July 24th, 2013. (larger version)
Well, there this is turning out to be a much dryer summer than we expected. Already we are think that the greeting for future guests will be "Welcome to Eagle Brook".

Hopefully it won't come to that but there is no signs of rain in the long range forecast and only intermittent showers to get the black flies stirred up.

Fishing is becoming more difficult with the number of hook-up decreasing for most of our anglers.

I had the opportunity to wade below Governors yesterday and hooked one fish...
Posted 23 July 2013, 7:42 am NDT
Sandbar Success (larger version)
There is still nothing positive to report when it comes to water level in the river. Navigation around the river has become very difficult and we have no choice but to land the boats at Governors.

I was also disappointed to see that the rain forecast for tomorrow has now been changed to a 60% chance of showers.

The wind over the past couple of days has made casting a fly line quite a chore for anglers.

A few of our guests have decided to get their waders on and hit the water looking for success.

Our rookie guide took one guest up into the rock pile yesterday with some success. Yet another guest decided to wade on the sandbar.

He ended up landing a beautiful 12 - 14 lb salmon, which fought hard and did an awesome tail walk. Eventually the guest managed to wade back to where the boat was and his guide assisted him in landing the fish.
Posted 22 July 2013, 11:05 am NDT
Young Rookie Guide With Rookie Salmon Angler & 18lb. Hen (larger version)
There was some precipitation for a few hours in the Goose Bay area over the past 36 hours, but we have yet to see any increase in water levels. It may be that the trees and bogs soaked up most of it. There is rain in the forecast for Wednesday which will be welcomed.

There was a slight lull in fishing action yesterday as not one but two seals found their way over the gorge. As you can imagine, the salmon didn't stay long in the pools.

As the evening progressed the action again picked up. One of our guests landed a Beautiful 36" Hen which according to the Salmometer is 18.2 pounds (8.26 kg).
Posted 21 July 2013, 7:41 am NDT
Big Jack (larger version)
The water level continues to fall and it will be soon be impossible for our boats to land at the beach in front of the camp.

Some relief is in the forecast. Precipitation and cooler temperatures are in store. Although there doesn't appear to be a tremendous amount of rain coming, it will keep the water temperature down, which in turn will keep the fish more active.

Our current guests are reporting numbers of hookups which may have already surpassed last years total catch. All anglers are enjoying their success and anxiously await their next session.

I was fortunate enough yesterday to get a chance to wet a fly. My efforts were rewarded with a nice grilse which gave me quite a show and leaping in the air at least 5 times before I was finally able to land it. Some Fun!!!
Posted 20 July 2013, 7:52 am NDT
Yesterday we bid farewell to our third group of guests for the season and welcomed our fourth group. This group consists mostly of seasoned veterans with only one angler who has never had the pleasure of hooking a salmon.

This Salmon Angling rookie was quickly enjoying the action. He hooked at least two fish during his first session on the river. This is true for all of our guests as they all reported hooking fish before dinner.

I heard one report of a pair that had a double header that...
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