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Posted 02 August 2015, 11:22 pm NDT
We have seen a few straight weeks now of very good fishing, excellent river conditions, and some very happy guests. Many personal best fishing trips have been noted. And...there is no end in sight.

This week we have a group in made up of packages that we designed to help Ducks Unlimited Canada raise some funds at their Atlantic fundraising events, and 75th anniversary gala events across the country. The folks that have chosen to fish at Pratt Falls Salmon Lodge while supporting the Ducks...
Posted 01 August 2015, 8:16 pm NDT
As this week's guests depart many are heard to remark that this week was their best week ever. We have to agree. Although we do not have access to catch records of previous owners, we can say that this is Our best week on record.

All our new guests have now arrived and are having success too, despite the fact that many are rookies fly fishers. Some started planning their next trip after their first half day of angling.

There is some precipitation in the forecast for the week. A good rainfall now would provide us with enough water to keep later levels around where they were last week. TG
Posted 30 July 2015, 1:03 pm NDT
Team Work! (larger version)
Well, the hot action continues and our anglers once again had a tremendous day of fishing and most have surpassed their personal best.

Yesterday the river was again visited by seals. They are becoming more bothersome to our anglers as described by one pair of guests.

One angler had hooked a fish and was playing it. All of a sudden the seal appeared. He popped his head up and looked around. The guest is sure that when the seal noticed the bent rod he dived down and headed for the hooked...
Posted 29 July 2015, 12:30 pm NDT
Well yesterday proved to be another successful day on the Eagle.

I was fortunate enough to witness another Father and Son double. I also heard that one of our boats report 5 double headers. They weren't all landed but to have 2 anglers to both have bent rods on 5 different occasions gives a good indication of the number of fish that are coming into the river.

Two of our guides took guests to White Bear for a very successful trip. One of our guides told me about a very large fish that he saw in one of the pools.

The river is continuing to fall and the forecast is calling for some showers. Water temperature is still low for this time of the season. TG
Posted 28 July 2015, 12:18 pm NDT
Another spectacular day on the Eagle! All of our guests were into fish!. Everyone was excitedly describing sighting the fish coming up river and the action that followed as the reached the pools.

"The river is full!" exclaimed on of our regular guests. Our long term guides describe this as "how the Eagle was 10 years ago"

Needless to say, we have some very happy anglers in camp this week.

Water levels are continuing to drop back but are still at a good fishing level. The weather is quite favorable, with warm winds and partially sunny skies. TG
Posted 27 July 2015, 9:52 am NDT
Harry's 61cm maxi grilse (larger version)
We refer to our to-the-limit, 63cm, 6-7lb grilse as the 'maxi grilse'. And for the last week we have been into the thick of them. We are still seeing a few large fish in the 10-15lb range (approx 8-10% of hookups) but the river has seen more grilse and maxi grilse this year than the last couple of years. Maybe it is the water conditions and we are seeing more, or maybe there are more? Who knows. Our incoming guests on friday hooked 56 in their first afternoon session from 1-6pm. Some of them had dinner on that and called it a day!

Here is a pic of one caught by our guest, Harry, on Friday. This one measured in 61cm, but the girth of this beauty definitely puts it into the class of a maxi grilse.
Posted 26 July 2015, 5:04 pm NDT
The fishing action has picked up. Our newest group of guests have started with a bang. Their first two days of fishing has produced the best results so far this year. All our guests have landed fish.

The water level in the river is slowly dropping, and while Back River is no longer able to be fished by boat the Bathtub is now fishing. The weather too is more favorable. Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day and the same is forecast for today.

As you can imagine, I hear many stories...
Posted 22 July 2015, 5:17 pm NDT
Large salmon caught this week by one of our guests from Belgium. (larger version)
This has been a great week of fishing, and it is continuing. Most of our guests this trip have beginner or intermediate skill levels, are not putting a lot of rod time in and they are having great success. The last few days there have been 35-40 fish per day caught by the camp.

We are still seeing some large fish, however this is certainly the middle of the maxi-grilse run. Lots of nice, thick, 5-6 pound grilse. Still seeing some large fish as well. Petra successfully landed and released...
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...
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