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Eagle River Report is a page where we will be keeping a log of the camp activity, as well as river conditions, and news from Eagle River. Sign up for the RSS feed by clicking the orange icon to the right and you will receive all updates by email. Wondering what water levels are like? go to Canada's Hydrometric Data site for the Eagle River by clicking this link: Eagle River Water Level
Posted 09 July 2016, 8:18 pm NDT
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
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
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
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
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.
Posted 01 July 2016, 9:11 pm NDT
T's guest with a beautiful bright fish. (larger version)
Before we talk about the fishing, we would like to extend a Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian guests and readers of the Eagle River Report. Here at the lodge we are mighty proud to call Canada home, and are always eager to show foreign visitors our little slice of heaven.

In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador it is also Memorial Day, and today marks the 100th anniversary of Beaumont-Hamel, The Battle of the Somme. Over 800 young men from our province, known as the Newfoundland...
Posted 28 June 2016, 10:04 pm NDT
The last couple of days we have seen more and more fish coming into the river. We have been able to see them porpoising and jumping in front of the lodge. Nelson hooked a large fish in Back River last night. But tonight, the action came to life! Theodore hooked a large fish, and Hedley and Nels went fishing together and got into a double header with fish estimated at 12 and 15 lbs! Nothing like a June double header with two large fish! Here is a pic. The guys certainly had a good time....
June Double Header! 12 and 15lbers (larger version)
Posted 25 June 2016, 3:04 pm NDT
Fish on sonar in The Slick, June 25, 2016 (larger version)
Eagle is still quite high, but dropping fast and pretty soon we will see some of our best pools forming up. A few of our guides have been testing the waters in the evenings the last couple of days, but have not seen fish yet. Reports from Sandhill River are that salmon are hitting the fence, but still in low numbers.

We always wondered if fish were going in unseen by us, because we often hear reports of fish being caught at 'The Gap', 16 miles upriver from us, before we see any. So, in an effort to verify this Dwight has been using sonar in the river. This pic is from this morning at the bottom end of 'The Slick'.

So with water levels dropping, and fish in the river, and for sure more to come, we are anticipating some great action any day!
Posted 22 June 2016, 11:33 pm NDT
Welcome back the the Eagle River Report for the 2016 season! We have been maintaining our blog since 2010, and find that not only do we enjoy doing it, but the feedback from our guests and readers has been nothing but positive.

We have been at the camp since June 3rd, and have been very busy making improvements to the lodge and getting ready to start the 2016 season. The weather has been a series of extremes, a solid week of rain and near freezing temps at night the week before last, to...
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