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Posted 19 July 2015, 10:56 am NDT
Our new group of guests have early success with 3 fish landed during their first session.
They were excitedly waiting for the next day to try their luck.

They were very fortunate and many of them landed fish including 2 by 1 rookie angler and 1 by another rookie. . Pratt's was very productive and after the increase in the water level Back River and Lem's Lane are now fishing while the Bathtub is a little too turbulent.

The water level appears to have crested and is now starting to settling back. This may change as I have heard reports of more rain over the plateau.

The temperature is quite low, but spirits are quite high after yesterday's action. More of the same is expected for today.
Posted 16 July 2015, 2:35 pm NDT
Well yesterday we remained consistent with 32 fish total for the
camp. The day was sunny and warm with heavy gusts of wind.

There was a second double header in Pratt's that resulted in a rod
being broken in 2 pieces and the salmon being released safely
back into the river.

I heard another amazing story too and you would have to be
familiar with the Eagle to understand.

This story was told to me by another angler who started with:
"If someone told me this I wouldn't believe it." I'll let...
Posted 15 July 2015, 10:13 am NDT
The past couple of days have been consistant with 37 and 33 fish landed.  The current reported ratio of salmon is about 1/3 of the total with a healthy population  of thick grilse making up the remainder.

 

The river has risen a little and appears to be holding.  Fish are being seen all over the river, but are hesitant to take the fly in their brief stop in the pools.

 

Clear skys and sunshine this morning, which is forecast to change to showers and possible thunder showers later today.

 

One amazing story was told about a 33" (84 cm) Salmon that took the fly despite the fact that it had obviously been in contact with a predator.   It had a missing peice of flesh on its back and the skin appeared to be torn or scratched in other locations. TG
Posted 13 July 2015, 10:40 am NDT
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Salmon provides fantastic early morning action! (larger version)
Well yesterday's fishing action was just slightly better than the day before with 33 fish landed. 10 of which were Salmon.

The morning started with an early session with our first double header for the year. A salmon and a grilse. Yes Andy, .... Steve and Paul are the high-liners and yes .... they had the double!

We were treated to a bit of Ceviche last night which was very tasty. Thank you very much to Dick for his gourmet talents!

The weather is damp and cold with intermittent showers and cooler temperatures. Water levels in the river seem to be holding for the time being.

I look forward to hearing the stories this evening when the anglers return for evening.

TG
Posted 12 July 2015, 7:29 am NDT
This weeks guests were a little late arriving due to weather. They were still able to catch 3 fish in their first session.

Today saw our largest number of fish hooked for the season with an impressive 31. Lots of nice grilse on the river now.

Wet weather in forecast. We are hoping for similar results tomorrow.

TG
Posted 10 July 2015, 7:51 am NDT
We are ready to say good-bye to our 2nd group for the year...More like a see you later as they are well known as repeat 'offenders'.

It was a great week with some great large fish action. We have lots of pictures, and of course there is 'the one that got away'. Our Norwegian guests and their guide swear that they lost a fish 30lb+. Nelson tried to tail it and could not get his hand around the tail, it ran and straightened out a #6 hook. We believe it...do you? the last couple of years now...
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A sample of the large fish that we have been seeing this week. This one, caught by Georg. (larger version)
Posted 08 July 2015, 8:28 am NDT
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Monster Fish (larger version)
Fishing was good again today. Most were beautiful large Salmon that were making their way into the river. Father and son teamed up to day and both were rewarded with a 32" (81 cm) Salmon.

Another very happy angler reported landing a huge fish this morning. The fish was so big that Nelson couldn't close his fingers around it to hold it. It straightened out a #6 steel hook before being released.

He was fortunate again this evening when he did finally capture a magnificent picture of the smaller of his 2 trophy fish for the day. Well Done Arve!

TG
Posted 06 July 2015, 10:33 pm NDT
We say the main lodge is a great place for a jovial review of the days events. Yes, for certain it is. This evening the fire is crackling, drinks are pouring over our signature 10,000 year old iceberg ice, and our guests are having a great review indeed.

So far I've heard, "the pool was full of fish this morning!". And, "It's hard to find a grilse!"

Our guides and guests are seeing a lot of fish, and a lot of nice large salmon. Today our camp hooked 27, of which only two grilse were...
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Nelson handles and releases this beauty for his guests
Posted 05 July 2015, 2:19 pm NDT
Well, yesterday there were 16 fish hooked in camp.

Almost all anglers had hooked up however briefly.

I heard tales of a fish rising 11 times before he revealed to be a lovely 85 cm specimen. I also heard of a fish rising 5 times and on the sixth pass.....another fish took the fly. Don't ya just hate when that happens!

Fish were seen jumping in most pools in the river.

I have seen some photos that show some spectacular jumps and a nose dive. I will update when I have downloaded.

Over all we have a happy group of anglers!

TG
Posted 04 July 2015, 2:18 am NDT
Our new group of guests start their weeks with success. 6 hookups today. As we anticipated the size of these Salmon are the annual Large run of Salmon. The morning started with rain, but ended with warmer temperatures and bright sunlight. River still dropping.

Many fish reported in pools. One guide reported seeing at least 11 fish in one part of a pool.

They are just not flying? Our guests are not asking when are the fish coming....they now ask where are the fish that are taking the fly coming?

We have heard reports of large fish on the river yesterday during our changeover. 41.5 inches (105 cm). That's over a meter of salmon! Congratulations to that Lucky angler!

Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come!

TG
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