With its oversized dorsal fin and iridescent coloration, the Arctic grayling, the “Sailfish of the North,” is a distinctive and beautiful fish.View 7 listings
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Where and When?
Arctic grayling are native and widespread in cold rivers and lakes in Canada, Alaska, northern Montana, and Siberia, and they have been introduced into many high alpine lakes throughout the Rocky Mountains. Peak grayling fishing usually happens in June through mid-July.
Arctic grayling are distinctive for their large dorsal fin and beautiful iridescent pink, blue, and green colors. They have been recorded growing up to 30 inches long, but most are closer 12 to 14 inches with some getting into the 20-inch range. Most grayling live in very cold rivers and lakes, returning to small streams to spawn in the spring and early summer.
How to Catch?
Arctic grayling are fairly easy to catch and are typically caught with artificial baits including small spinners, lightweight jigs, wet flies, and dry flies in summer. They put up an excellent fight for their size. They can also be caught by ice fishing, especially in early winter.