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.
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....
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...
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.
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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!
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.
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!
The river level and temperatures were excellent, and the boys...