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Posted 15 July 2016, 6:49 pm NDT
Our departing group had a good week of fishing. It started slow with lots of fish sightings, and ended with a couple of good days. Our camp hooked a little over 200 atlantic salmon this week, and about 30% of those were large salmon. The group departing are 'repeat offenders' to the Eagle River and our lodge. Some of them for decades and the Eagle River along with the best service we can offer keeps guests like them coming back year after year.

Our new guests arrived today and so far, have...
Posted 14 July 2016, 12:56 am NDT
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The river continues to fall and stay quite cool rising only a few degrees when the sun came out.

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.
Posted 13 July 2016, 7:19 am NDT
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Success! (larger version)
Well the river continues to fall back and the salmon continue to come in. Water temperature is still quite cold 61F {16C).

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.
Posted 10 July 2016, 8:54 pm NDT
The river continues to fall back and we see structure that we haven't seen in a couple of weeks. Water temperature is still low and fish are moving.

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.
Posted 09 July 2016, 8:18 pm NDT
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Nice Large Jack (larger version)
The river is starting to fall back. The pools are starting to form up nicely. Water temperature remains low.

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
Posted 06 July 2016, 11:22 pm NDT
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38" long, 21" girth. Congrats to Jim and guide, Hedley, on this awesome fish! (larger version)
Lots of great stories in the lodge again today, and several guests came to me with pictures (we will be adding some of them to our 2016 pictures gallery) but we have to post this story and picture here. It was Jim, again, with the fish of the day, quite likely to be the fish of the season, and one of the biggest fish we have had caught at our camp in our 8 seasons operating it. Hedley has been guiding on Eagle for 14 years and he was very excited. It was the biggest fish he has had a guest...
Posted 05 July 2016, 10:37 pm NDT
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Jim and guide, Hedley, with a 36" salmon. 'Eagle thick'! (larger version)
This has been a great day. The rain slacked, and while it was very chilly at a brisk 5-6 celcius, we did see the sun poke out a few times today!

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.
Posted 05 July 2016, 8:51 am NDT
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Beatle releasing a gorgeous large fish (larger version)
Our guests have had a great couple of days since our last post. The lodge is filled with stories and pictures of some great battles. Yesterday, Arve hooked what he described was the biggest fish he ever had on. Good to hear considering his vast fishing experience. It was a 1 hour and 45 minute battle and the fish still got away.

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...
Posted 03 July 2016, 11:46 am NDT
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Guest, Geoff, and guide, Bob, with a beautiful large salmon caught and released this morning. (larger version)
Our anglers are having a blast. We had reports of numerous hookups dispite the rising water levels.

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...
Posted 02 July 2016, 8:25 pm NDT
The river continues to rise, and unfortunately there is more rain in the forecast. We wish we could turn back the taps, but of course mother nature will run her course. Some guests still experienced hookups today but the fishing has slowed as compared to yesterday. We expect it is due to the high, and still rising water.

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.
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