Preferring the cold, clear lakes and fast-moving streams of northern Saskatchewan, the Arctic grayling is a spectacular fighter, known to leap clear out of the water once hooked.

Average weight: usually under 1 kg (2 lb)
Record size: 1.96 kg (4.3 lb), Fond du Lac River, 1966
Live release: 55 cm or 22 in, Grease River, Lake Athabasca, 2002

Called the "sailfish of the north" because of its large dorsal fin. And, as its name implies, it’s found in the cold, clear lakes and fast-moving streams of northern Saskatchewan. Cast very small spinners and jigs, or try dry fly-fishing with dark flies like black gnats, dark cahill or brown hackle. 

Preferring the cold, clear lakes and fast-moving streams of northern Saskatchewan, the Arctic grayling is a spectacular fighter, known to leap clear out of the water once hooked.

How to catch: Try dry fly-fishing with dark flies such as black gnats, dark cahill or brown hackle. Casting very small spinners or jigs also works well.

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