Arctic Grayling are native to Lake Creek and are abundant throughout the river. Although they can be caught throughout the season, absolute best times occur in late May/early June, and throughout August into September much like rainbows. Fly fishermen are very successful fishing dry flies for these aggressive top water feeders. Grayling are versatile feeders and can be taken on virtually any lure that is presented correctly. Dozens of fish may be caught daily during peak conditions averaging 10-16 inches.
We spin fish for grayling primarily using small, lightweight spinners such as Mepps Aglia, Blue Fox Vibrax and Panther Martin. Bucktail-type spinners are favored as grayling avidly feed on small minnows and insects as their primary diet, so this combination offers a hybrid food source so to speak. Ultra-light rods and reels are ideal.
Equipment Needed for Spinning/Bait Casting for Alaska grayling
|Rods:||6 ft. ultra light spinning rods are the standard choice|
|Reels:||Spinning - size = 110yds/6 lb test, i.e. Shimano Sedona 1000 or 2000 FA|
|Lines:||Berkeley Trilene XL - for castability 6#|
|Lures:||Blue Fox Vibrax Spinners 1/8 oz|
The fun in fly fishing arctic grayling is their receptivity to taking flies on topwater. Dry fly fishing, particulary on float trips and early and late summer at the lodge can be very good and occasionally we catch some very good size fish. Alternatively, graylng eagerly strike a variety of nymphs, small minnow imitations and egg patterns. Very light fly rod & reel combinations are a great choice.
|Fly Rods:||We use 5-7 weight fly rod/reel outfits|
|Fly line / leader:||Typically use a floating double taper or weight forward 4-6 weight fly lines. A 5-6 ft. straight 4-6lb. mono or tapered leader is desired. Split shot may be added to leader to attain the desired drift.|
Dry flies are preferred and a variety of nymphs, egg patterns and small streamers are effective as well. Streamers are probably the most effective in higher water conditions such as spring time where surface fishing becomes a bit difficult to target fish. Also during spring through mid-June a large amount of salmon smolt migrating downstream provide the main source of forage. Occasionally, grayling will take small mice from the surface, so a bit larger fly such as a stimulator might be a great choice for larger fish.
|Fly line / leader:||Typically use a floating or 10' or 13' T-2 Type III sink tip lines depending on fishing location.|
|Flies:||Early Season: Sculpin patterns, muddler minnows.
Assorted dry flies - Adams, mosquito patterns,
Elk wing caddis.
Late Season: Orange/pink glo bugs,"Cotton Candy" flesh flies, Battle Creek streamers. Assorted dry flies - Adams, mosquito patterns, caddis.
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