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~ 5 Lbs. 15 oz. Caught at Katseyedie River, N.W.T. on Aug. 16, 1967 by
angler Jeanne P. Branson
~ Thymallus Arcticus
~ American Grayling, Arctic trout, bluefish, back's Grayling, Grayling,
Greyling, Sailfin Arctic Grayling, Artic Grayling
~ The Arctic Grayling has
graceful lines, a large sail like dorsal fin, and can have dramatic
coloration. The Arctic Grayling has quite large scales. It is silvery,
or gray in color with highlights of lavender and gold, although mature
fish can be darker, particularly the males around spawning time. The
Arctic Grayling may also have spots in the shape of an X or V. It has a
small narrow mouth with small teeth in both jaws. The tail of the Arctic
Grayling is forked.
~ Arctic Grayling can reach a length of 30 inches and a weight of 6
pounds. Most angler caught Grayling are 3 pounds or less.
~ For most sportfishermen, the Arctic Grayling is a rare freshwater game
fish symbolic of the clear, cold streams of the northern wilderness.
Grayling occur throughout the arctic as far west as the Kara and Ob
rivers in Russia and east to the western shores of Hudson Bay in Canada.
Once as common as far south as Michigan and Montana, the Arctic grayling
has almost disappeared from the northern United States because of over
fishing, competition from introduced species, and habitat loss.
~ Terrestrial insects form the larger part of their diet, but they also
feed on bottom nymphs, snails, small fish and eggs.