Thymallus Arcticus

Average weight: 0.4 to 0.9 kg (1 to 2 lbs)

Patrolling the clean, cold rivers of the mainland Northwest Territories, Arctic Grayling are a sight to behold, boasting shimmering, iridescent scales and a sail-like dorsal fin. They're a favourite among fly-fishers, commonly weighing in at as much as one kilo.  

The Arctic Grayling rivals the smallmouth bass with its jarring strikes, spectacular aerial somersaults, short powerful runs, and a preference for avoiding the net. Relatively rare in the south because they are sensitive to pollution, "bluefish" still school in northern rivers and streams. Anglers admire their sail-like dorsal fin, and their tasty sweet flesh, cooked fresh from the lake

Grayling over 2.2 kg (5 lbs) have been caught in the Northwest Territories. Dry flies such as Wulff, Adams and hairwing patterns are usually effective. Lures include small spinners and spoons, size 0-1 Mepps and small rubber jigs.

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