Our new guests arrived today and so far, have...
Fish were seen all over the river today. Many were reported to be jumping almost acrobatically. Fish still seem reluctant to take a fly.
One of our anglers was relaxing in his boat and his partner yells Fish On. Next thing you know a gorgeous Salmon jumps into the boat hitting him in the leg. Our guide Ron didn't miss a beat quickly swooping the fish from the deck and posing with the angler while his partner was quick enough to capture a picture if the fish before it was released back into the river.
Fish were seen all over the river yesterday and, although fish are not taking the fly well, the catch rate is up slightly.
I had one angler tell me how he had 3 different fish going after his fly at one point. It took a little bit of patience but he was finally rewarded when he was took into the backing by a beautiful Salmon.
I got the opportunity to accompany a pair of our guests on on the river this morning. Nice cool overcast morning with little wind and a fresh pool.
Needless to say we weren't there long before we had action. They landed 3 grilse in about an hour. Unfortunately we didn't get any additional hookups for that session but it was a great way to start the day.
Our guests are still on the river so I don't have an estimate on totals, but I think they will compare with yesterday's.
Our guests are enjoying their stay and the fishing, although slightly slower than we would like, is keeping spirits up.
Still large fish being caught and now a few more grilse are making their appearance.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that our guide Beatle has made the cover of the "Newfoundland Sportsman" magazine. He and his guest were photographed releasing another beautiful Eagle River Salmon! Nice Snap!
We are also fortunate that Nelson got a great picture of a large jack that was caught on back river. TG
So the weather improved a little, and the fishing didn't disappoint. Our most novice angler hooked 4 large salmon in her morning session! Lots of other success stories today, but the one that takes the cake would be Jim's. A few days ago he was fighting a large salmon and lost his entire fly line! So when he hooked into another beauty this evening he was thinking surely it won't happen again!!? Well, it didn't, and he has this pictures of a beautiful 36" hen estimated at 20lbs. Great fish, Jim, and congrats!
The water level is slowly starting to fall, and the water is downright cold! well under 60F.
Guests are remarking how wild the fish are. Eagle salmon are known to be a strong strain of fish, but this very cold, and very highly oxygenated water is making...
Our only lady angler was extremely happy when she relayed her story of the large salmon she hooked. When I asked her if it was a big fish she told me "It was Huge". To say she was beaming with excitement would be an understatement. I spoke to her guide Ron about it and he estimated the salmon to be at least 16lbs (7.25kg). Nice fish!
A couple of our other guests relayed their story of a double...
The one good news story here...the high and cold water is great for the large salmon. This is when most of them are running, and these conditions give them a very good chance of successfully reproducing.
hopefully the river starts falling sooner rather than later. That will almost certainly bring better results for our anglers.