The grayling (Thymallus thymallus) is a species of freshwater fish in the salmon family (family Salmonidae) of order Salmoniformes. It is the type species of its genus. Native to the Palearctic ecozone, the grayling is widespread throughout northern Europe, from the United Kingdom and France to the Ural Mountains in Russia. While it was introduced to Morocco in 1948, it does not appear to have become established there.
Arctic grayling grow to a maximum recorded length of 76 cm (30 in) and a maximum recorded weight of 3.8 kg (8.4 lb). Of typical thymalline appearance, the Arctic grayling is distinguished from the similar grayling (T. thymallus) by the absence of dorsal and anal spines and by the presence of a larger number of soft rays in these fins. There is a dark midlateral band between the pectoral and pelvic fins, and the flanks may possess a pink iridescence. T. a. arcticus has been recorded as reaching an age of 18 years.
Arctic grayling are widespread in Arctic ocean drainages from Hudson Bay, Canada to Alaska
and in Arctic and Pacific drainages to central Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. They do not occur naturally in the Fraser and Columbia river basins. There are remnant native populations of fluvial Arctic grayling in the upper Missouri river drainage in the Big Hole river and Red Rock basin ("Montana Arctic grayling"). Fluvial Arctic grayling have been reestablished in the upper Ruby river, a tributary of the Beaverhead river. The native range formerly extended south into the Great Lakes basin in Michigan. They occur naturally in the Arctic ocean basin in Siberia from the Ob to Yenisei drainages and in European Russia in some tributaries of Pechora river.
Lake dwelling forms of Arctic grayling have been introduced in suitable lake habitats throughout the Rocky Mountains, Cascade Mountains and Sierra Nevada Mountains as far south as Arizona.
The Arctic grayling occurs primarily in cold waters of mid-sized to large rivers and lakes, returning to rocky streams to breed. The various subspecies are omnivorous. Crustaceans, insects and insect larvae, and fish eggs form the most important food items. Larger specimens of T. arcticus become piscivorous and the immature fish feed on zooplankton and insect larvae.
Andrew Bennett owns and operates this destination on the banks of the Kanektok River, and has spared no expense to make it one of the most nicely appointed camps...
Unique among Alaska lodges in several ways. First, their accommodations, instead of being either an established lodge or a wilderness tent camp, are actually both.
At the heart of the Big Ku Lodge boat fishery are the rivers themselves, four jewels that are counted among the finest of what Alaska has to offer in terms of trophy trout.
Look up "classic Alaskan fly fishing lodge" in the dictionary, and there is a picture of the Cusack's operation. Situated in a protected cove on the shores of famous Lake Iliamna.
Owner and head pilot Jerry Jacques operates one of the most unique fly out lodges in the Iliamna area, combining small occupancy and multiple aircraft to give guests...
Located on the banks of the famed Copper River near Iliamna, this is, arguably, the most beautiful location and one of the finer fishing locations for rainbow trout in our 49th state.
Based on the Kanektok River, which flows into Kuskokwim Bay. Famous for its beautifully-marked "Leopard" rainbows, also hosting superb runs of all 5 species of Pacific salmon.
Dave Duncan & Sons is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in remote wilderness Base Camps– we represent their two operations.
The "Nush" is a fish bum's dream come true. Rise as early or late as you please 'cause there's no competition to race to the pool. Fish hard all day on 100 miles of accessible river...
Mike Gorton's remote outpost camp on the Goodnews River has been popular with hardcore anglers for decades. Guests stay in well-appointed tents.
The "Classic Canyon Adventure" is designed for those of us who like a bit more comfort with their expedition. We pass day after day floating down a glorious mountain...
This is a full-on expedition and one of the world's most unique angling experiences. This trip emphasizes wade/walking. Anglers must be able to hike or ride horses...
The classic Mongolia River Outfitters journey… six days of fishing in a beautiful landscape, fascinating culture, professional staff, exceptional camps,...
Seven days floating through a very beautiful and remote stretch of the world's first Taimen Sanctuary. Cast for taimen, lenok and trout on a fresh stretch of river every day.
Of all the attributes that make Royal Coachman Lodge attractive, none are so obvious as their location, and the quality of their staff.
Chris and Linda Branham own and operate what is, arguably, the finest trophy trout fishing lodge in Bristol Bay. They really have little interest in fishing for salmon.
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