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Posted 07 August 2017, 3:13 pm NDT
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Shannon lands his first ever atlantic salmon! Congrats, young man! (larger version)
Fishing has continued to get better since our last report and the excitement in camp has been contagious! Bud, a seasoned trout angler but new to salmon has been having an infectious amount of fun. A couple of times now he has had to take a little break to get off the adrenaline rush. He landed his first ever grilse in Pratts during his first session. The hoots and hollers could be heard over the rush of the river, and he couldn't believe how hard they fight!

We also had a young man,...
Posted 05 August 2017, 7:19 am NDT
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Father and son, Winston and Steve, having a great time up at Pratts! (larger version)
We say so long to another great group of guests today. They had a slow start, but as predicted, the building tides and dropping river led to much better fishing. All of our guests hooked up, still a few large in the mix, and some nice chunky grilse. Guests and guides reported seeing a lot of fish yesterday moving into Pratts, but the hot bright day made them very difficult to fly. Andre, the highliner of the group with an average of 3/day, remarked yesterday that, "I think that was the most...
Posted 02 August 2017, 8:30 pm NDT
Our guests that departed on Monday had a successful trip with everybody getting into some nice grilse and still a few large in the mix. The river was getting in prime shape, but a downpour of rain inland brought it up about a foot over 24 hrs on Monday and Tuesday. The rise in water combined with slack tides led to a slow couple of days, but, when the river stopped rising and turned to fall we started seeing fish and hooking up again. The tides started building again yesterday, so we hope they bring more fish and the river keeps dropping!

We continue to hear that there are still plenty of salmon out on the headlands of the coast. Last year we had some nice late runs of maxi-grilse, and we are starting to think it is going to be that way again this year.
Posted 27 July 2017, 10:41 pm NDT
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These guys had a ton of fun last week...along with the rest of the guests in camp, who all can't wait to return next year! (larger version)
After the first half of the season being plagued with high water, it is nice to see some of our best pools forming up again. Kinda like seeing old friends! The 'Bathtub' and 'Boulder Field' are just becoming fishable, and some of our favorite places out on the river have been fishing really well.

The group that departed yesterday had a great 5 day trip. 315 fish hooked, and approximately 10% large. It was a week where rookie, Amin, became 'FishAmin'. And there were several double headers....
Posted 21 July 2017, 5:50 am NDT
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Ron and Doug with a beauty! (larger version)
It's changeover day here at the lodge. Our departing group has had a very mixed week! It started slow with really high water and slow fishing. Mid week we had some scorching hot weather and the water fell significantly and water temps rose as high as 68F. But the last three days fishing really picked up and we have seen a very nice run of our famous maxi-grilse. Beautiful, thick, high weight, 60-63cm fish!! We seen very few last year and were attributing it to high water and late runs, so...
Posted 14 July 2017, 1:26 pm NDT
Today is changeover day in camp, and with perfect weather our new group is ready to go on the water! Some of the guys departing and arriving today have been coming back to the Eagle for 30+ years.

Despite high and rising water all week, we had a good time here at camp. 146 fish were hooked over a 5 day period and still a high ratio of large, holding at 80%.

The water is cold! Ranging from 55F to 58F all week. The river has turned to fall today and we're hoping that trend continues as we...
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Sunrise on Eagle River. Photo by Fred. (larger version)
Posted 11 July 2017, 10:45 am NDT
Although our guests were delayed a day by the weather it didn't take long for the fishing action to calm their woes.

They took to the water shortly after their arrival and were quickly rewarded with some classic Eagle River Action.

Our rookie of the group celebrated his 17th Birthday with a nice grilse! We were so happy to be a part of his special day.

Water levels are back up and to where they were last week and it seems as if they may still be rising.

TG

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Posted 09 July 2017, 8:31 am NDT
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Guide, Ted, with long time returning guest, Tom, and a beauty fresh salmon this week. (larger version)
Despite the high water and wet weather this group has had a very successful 5 days at camp. Over 100 fish hooked since July 4th with approx 80% large salmon. We had one 4th year repeat guest remark the size of the fish and the largest landed was estimated at around 25lbs, with many in 16-20lb range.

The weather is still wet and the river rose a few inches last night. We can only guess at how many fish are moving through with this high cold water, but we figure "'tis a lot!". The water temp averaged 59F for the week. We hope the water cooperates and goes into a steady slow decline. One thing for certain, we have enough water to sustain good water levels for the rest of this season.

So we say so long to the group departing today and look forward to seeing them again, and welcome back a group of familiar faces that we expect will have a great trip!
Posted 03 July 2017, 11:39 am NDT
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Rod Breaking Beauty! (larger version)
As Dwight indicated in our last Blog Entry fishing has been tough with our high water levels.

I am very happy to report that our guests are having more success as the water levels begin to drop. Fish are still showing all around the river and our guests are enjoying a higher success rate.

One of our guests was very fortunate to land a gorgeous 12kg (26lb)Salmon yesterday in Lem's Lane. His guide Ron tells us that is the biggest Fish one of his guests has landed since he joined our team.

It was a mixed blessing of sorts because he snapped his new rod in the battle but quickly grabbed the fly line and landed the prize with Ron's assistance.

Congratulations Louis!

TG
Posted 01 July 2017, 7:53 pm NDT
Canada celebrates 150 years today, and we are proud to be a Canadian owned and operated lodge. Canada, we salute you, for being one of the greatest countries in the world to live, work, and play. We also salute those who have fallen and continue to fight to keep it that way.

The fishing has been tough with very high water, but, not without some success. We have 4 1/2 rookies (as one guest put it) at the lodge this week and one of them hooked up yesterday. We had several fish hooked today as well. Guides and guests are remarking that they are seeing fish, but they are not holding in the high water. The river level is falling, and we expect fishing to only get better!
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