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Posted 26 July 2022, 1:37 pm NDT
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This spunky and chunky grilse lets guide, Sonny, know that it is ready to go with a splash. (larger version)
I'm an optimist. I always put the best spin I can on pretty much everything. I always 'hope' for good conditions. But it doesn't always happen. The conditions for the group that left yesterday were tough. Very unseasonably high water. Cold downpours of rain. Fires lit throughout camp every day to keep things cozy and dry.

A classic old one hit wonder, 'Blame it on the Rain', by Milli Vanilli, is what we thought we would be singing this past week (Sorry if that is now stuck in your...
Posted 20 July 2022, 9:22 am NDT
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Couple Jim and Lucie, showing off their success. Jim with a beauty large fish, and Lucie with her first ever, a nice grilse. They are part of this group of 12, taking full advantage of the bus to beat the weather.
Another week has passed and today we say see ya later to a fantastic mixed group of 12 departing camp, and welcome the next bunch of intrepid anglers, braving the Labrador weather in search of the Eagle River bounty.

The weather! It's been a wet week. The river has risen to a bit of a torrent. The water remains cool at 55-56F. All seasoned anglers know that rising water is not ideal for angling results. That said, there are still a lot of fish entering Eagle. They are not holding up long...
Posted 12 July 2022, 10:22 pm NDT
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Nelson holds up this beaut for a quick photo before being released to continue the journey. Wrestled to the boat by Ray. (larger version)
This season thus far is nothing but a string of success stories. The returns are very healthy. I can't help but think that the shutdown of Greenlands commercial fishery, coupled with the high water havens that our salmon have returned to the last cycle has contributed to the impressive run of fish that Eagle is seeing. Guide, Hedley, stated yesterday that there was no time yesterday that you could look across the river and not see several fish porpoising, or in the air at the same time....
Posted 08 July 2022, 5:23 am NDT
No doubt about it last weeks success was hindered some by the high water and extreme heat, but that has changed greatly! The water level is now down to 2.4m and 275 cubic m/s, and has cooled to 58-60F. Excellent conditions.

The fishing has been stupendous. We had two Eagle River first timers in camp this week, and 10 repeat offenders. They all seen some of the best atlantic salmon fishing that anyone could see anywhere in the world. Eagle has a lot of big fish in it. There were multiple...
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Hedley releases a couple beauties. Photos by angler, Craig (larger version)
Posted 03 July 2022, 6:34 am NDT
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Todd with a beauty this week (larger version)
Hello readers, and welcome back to PFSL for the 2022 season. We've been busy here for a few weeks now doing some maintenance and upgrades around camp. We kicked off our 2022 season this week with first group arriving June 28th. The river was high but the week was very hot and dry so the water level has been steadily dropping, and warming up!

The action was slow starting off for this first group. They were seeing lots of fish, but it was only a glimpse of what was barreling through on the...
Posted 02 August 2021, 2:51 pm NDT
The plane has touched down back in Goose Bay, and our last group for this year leave having had a very successful 5 days. Hosting this group, for us at the lodge, certainly had its rewards. We put 16 yo Liam 1 on 1 with Hedley, and I think the young man had the experience of a lifetime. Hedley gave him a dose of his pro guiding experience, and coached him into being camp highliner! Liam and his grandfather Derek, won't soon forget their trip to Pratt Falls Lodge. Hedley figures Liam is...
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Posted 28 July 2021, 6:46 am NDT
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John and Lauren with a double header. And fishing Govnors...from knee deep water. (larger version)
Labrador in general is dry as tinder right now. The Eagle, now at a flow of 90 cubic meters per second, is a shadow of its normal self. Lowest we have seen it this time of year in my memory. 1.35m. Cool nights, and an abundance of fish still trying to get in the river have been the key to our anglers success. Most days this week the water temperature starts at 62F and goes up to 68F by end of day.

There have been plenty of fresh fish, and some beautiful maxi grilse coming in. Also still...
Posted 22 July 2021, 9:26 pm NDT
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Guide, Beat, holds one up for a quick photo with Ray. (larger version)
We often have first time anglers to Eagle that smash their personal bests in the hook up numbers. That's fun and wonderful, but when a few guys out of a group of 10 that have been fishing here for 20+ years have personal bests...it's a statement that the fish runs are having a great year. The action has been excellent all season, and this week is no different.

However, the action has slowed some the past couple days with the water getting low. Water temps have cooled a little since...
Posted 16 July 2021, 11:55 am NDT
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Nice one, caught and released by Harry this week! (larger version)
"I caught 2 salmon in my lifetime, until now, when I've hooked more than I'll likely ever see again", was the comment from one Eagle River beginner when I arrived at the lodge yesterday and asked the golden question: "How's the fishing?". Last night was a celebration of a fantastic week for this group. 10 year repeat offender, Chris, added, "Dwight, everything was fantastic. The fishing, your staff, the food. This was one to remember"

As a host/outfitter it certainly does make the job...
Posted 11 July 2021, 6:51 am NDT
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Lovely fish caught by Jim this week. Out of the water for a quick photo, and returned to continue her spawning journey. (larger version)
The float plane will be in the air shortly, it is a beautiful day, and every guest leaving the lodge today has aslmon fishing stories and memories to last a lifetime. This was a great week on the Eagle. River conditions were excellent, the fish have been in steady fresh supply, and our guests have been hooking up. We have some great stories of lost and found lines, one with a fish still on it that was reeled in hand over elbow, and another of an entirely lost rod! Guide, Bob, tied a fly on...
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