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Old 08-16-2013, 08:27 AM
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Very nice Larry. The Grayling lake near me is full of 6" fish, so those look like nice fish.
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Very nice Larry. The Grayling lake near me is full of 6" fish, so those look like nice fish.
John: I was really surprised to see that those fish were the size they were. A few years back Frank Whitton had clued me in on that lake, but warned me that the fish were small, not like the Grayling we were used to catching in Alaska, so I too was thinking more in the line of 6 inch fish.
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That's a nice surprise. Maybe I should go back to the lake here, its been quite a a few years...
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Hi Larry,

I am glad you finely got some of those Grayling. Yours are quite a bit bigger than I ever caught at that lake.

When I was in Alaska I started with dry flies and was never satisfied with the size fish I was getting. I tied up a weighted Gray woolly worm with Grizzly hackle and a red butt. That was my most successful fly except for a Burlap weighted streamer fly with a Grizzly hackle and Grizzly tail. That Burlap streamer was a killer for big Grayling. I fished them both on a wet tip fly line.

Since I lived in Fairbanks for so many years I had a lot of opportunity at Grayling. I found that the technique that worked the best was to let the fly sink to the bottom and then slowly lift the fly a foot or so and let it drop back down. The take almost always came on the lift.

I discovered the lift technique one day after fishing all day. I was fishing down river at Tangle Lakes and was tired. My wife wanted to go back to camp and I was crossing a shallow riffle with my line in the water trailing behind me. I had the rod over my shoulder like a rifle. Dang if I did didn't catch a fish as I was walking. I released that fish and thought that was strange the way I hooked it. I walked back down stream again and repeated the same walk dragging the fly and again I caught a fish. After the third fish I decided that the moving fly was important. On the next trip I experimented with drifting the fly into a hole and letting it settle and then using the pickup and drop technique to retrieve the fly. From that day forward I was a killer Grayling fly fisher.

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Frank: Great talking with you on Skype this morning. Thanks for the Grayling tips, I will have to go back up there and give your technique a try, might be some larger fish in there.

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Nice thread. I just caught my first Wyoming Grayling at a small lake outside of JH. Only 6-8" fish, but it was prime huckleberry season. The entire 2.5 mile hike in was covered with em...ended up filling 2 Nalgene bottle full. Got home and made the lady friend some delicious crepes!
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I have caught them in lakes using an indicator and fishing deep just above the weed beds. The trick was to rip about 18 - 24 inches of line in and then let it settle. Caught most of mine when the fly was dropping back down.

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Grayling! Neat!

I've never caught a grayling. Very pretty fish to say the least. And from what I know about grayling, those are some pretty respectable fish, Larry. Well done, sir.
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Larry,

Well Done. I do not want to promote revenge, but It is always a little sweeter when you get a chance at a specific fish or species that has previously beating up on you.. I have not netted a Grayling in a long while. Grayling often live in some of the most beautiful country. Thanks for sharing.
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Beautiful fish. Thanks for sharing!
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