Aerial acrobatics abound amidst the rushing river rapids. The Arctic Grayling are on the fly, running upstream to pick off whatever insect they can devour— whatever minnow they can inhale. Little do they know your bluetail streamer is lurking... and they’re about to go ballistic.
Like all trout, Canada's Arctic Grayling prefer moving water, and feed with the current, which you find through the inlets of Nueltin Lake. Active fish will be found near rapids, lying in ambush positions behind rocks or in the slack water near eddies and current breaks. Cast upstream and work the lure back with the current through these fish-holding hotspots, and you’ll get a taste of some of the most exciting fishing on the continent.
Technique: Casting streams and rapids
Rod: 6” Ultra-Light or Light action spinning. Preferably 2-piece.
Reel: Light spinning with high quality drag.
Line: 4-6# mono.
Lures: Small single-hook spoons and in-line spinners, 1/16th oz. jig/plastic combos.
Technique: Fly Fishing | Working flies and streamers through current
Rod: 4-5 wt.
Reel: Light line spool with high quality drag.
Line: Weight-forward or double-tapered floating with 8-10” tapered leader and 3X-6X tippet.
Lures: Insect-immitating flies, minnow-immitating streamers in sizes 10-16.
T H Y M A L L U S A R C T I C U S | Nueltin record 26 inches ~ Windy River Lodge