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Posted 30 July 2016, 10:47 pm NDT
The last few days fishing has been unseasonably slow. We are still seeing a few fish and our departing guests hooked fish every day, and there have been a few hooked by our new guests today, but fishing is certainly slower than usual for this time of year. Our departing guests had good success at White Bear on Thursday, and we have a group going there for a visit tomorrow.

Lots of talk about the grilse now. We are all wondering if they made a run for it when the water was high and we didn't...
Posted 26 July 2016, 1:05 pm NDT
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Rune does the unthinkable...hooks a seal! (larger version)
After a brief rise the river seems to have crested and is again continuing to fall. Water temperatures have fallen quite a bit as well.

Our guests continue to have success but it seems slower than normal for this time of year.

Well, I'm not sure if anyone will believe this story or not but it finally happened. We had an angler hook a seal. How or why I don't know. I can only assume that it was pursuing a fish that was rising for a fly and got inadvertently hooked.

Well as you can...
Posted 23 July 2016, 11:17 am NDT
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Farewell Kiss (larger version)
The river had continued it's fall but last evenings rain shower seems to have made a slight difference. Guides reported that they can see a slight change in water levels this morning.

Fishing is good with all boats hooking or releasing fish yesterday. Anglers are reporting lots of rises but not a lot of takes.

Our last group finally got away after a slight weather delay. They had a great time and plan on returning. One angler even posed for us as if he was giving his last Salmon of the trip a farewell kiss.
Posted 20 July 2016, 1:48 pm NDT
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One of 3 Salmon for the Day! (larger version)
The river is still falling steadily. Some of the Mid water pools are now wade-able.

The number of fish being caught is down slightly from the past few days, but that doesn't mean that the guests aren't having a great time.

Take a look at this beauty. One of 3 Large Salmon for the day.
Posted 18 July 2016, 11:42 am NDT
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Dry Fly Fun (larger version)
Very hot day on the river yesterday. Bathtub and William's Run are fishing. The river continues to fall back.

One of our guests has had some excellent success with dry flies. He landed a beautiful Large Salmon yesterday. As you can tell by the smile on his face he was a very happy angler. Some additional pictures added to Gallery.
Posted 17 July 2016, 12:23 am NDT
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Following Nelson's Advice Pays off! (larger version)
Water levels continue to receed and temperatures are up slightly. Fishing is quite good with all anglers having a successful day.

One of our newest guests excitedly told me about a beautiful salmon that he landed. Excellent mentoring by his guide Nelson had him into an large 18lb (8kg) salmon that gave 7 jumps before it was landed, but not before having to pull anchor and getting into slower water. Photo to follow...
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.
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