Today we present you with a pretty cool photo of what we think is one of the most under appreciated, yet most stunning fish in Alaska, the Arctic grayling. If you thought grayling were nothing more than a drab gray fish with a big dorsal fin, think again!
It’s been a while since we showed our grayling some love, and today we right that wrong.
We said Deneki.
Just returned from Alaska a few weeks ago and had some very enjoyable grayling fishing north of Fairbank with my 9 year old son. Unlike the trout these beautiful fish were very happy to snaffle down a dry fly or nymph fished Klink and Dink (Hopper & Dropper / Duo) style without having to dredge the bottom of the river with split shot and weighted flies.
In the UK (where I hale from) grayling are referred to as “The Lady of the River” and when they are the color of the fish shown in the picture that accompanies this article it is very easy to understand why. Its not often you find a fresh water game fish with such vivid coloration. Several of the fish we caught had vivid blue spots in the dorsal fins with purple and blue on the body as the fish in the picture exhibits. Truly beautiful fish, and hard fighters to boot.
Once considered vermin fish in the UK, grayling are now a highly prized catch. Great to see you help spread the love of these fish 🙂