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Grayling, Arctic.....(Thymallus arcticus)

Discussion in 'Fish Reference Photos' started by Terry, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Belly, head shots.
     
  2. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Tail.
     

  3. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Dorsal and side.
     
  4. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Brian,

    For someone who's not a taxidermist, you're an incredible asset to this site and Forum. The information and photos you have been able to and willing to share are, I'm sure, a blessing to many. I know given my location, it may seem a bit more self serving ;D but thanks for all of the photos you have posted thus, including these really top notch grayling shots.

    Terry
     
  5. Brando24

    Brando24 New Member

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Sweet pics. i hope i can catch a few of those in a few weeks when i head up your way Terry. those will make some awesome mount.
     
  6. RDA

    RDA Active Member

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Yeah Terry, we need a Doc Essox reference section ;) :D
     
  7. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    This is from a smaller grayling (15"). It was a bit darker (stress?) when the photos were taken, having been brought to me by a friend of mine, though it was alive.
     
  8. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Dorsal
     
  9. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Anal
     
  10. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Pelvic
     
  11. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Scales on side
     
  12. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Spotting
     
  13. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Tail
     
  14. Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Terry...what type of water are those grayling coming out of......lake or large river? They have way thicker shoulders than all the small river grayling I catch in the MatSu Valley.

    Brian
     
  15. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Brian... That particular grayling came from the Wood River, which connects Lake Aleknagik to Nushagak Bay. It was very similar (body wise) to those I was catching on a float trip last fall on the middle fork of the Goodnews River, though the Goodnews grayling all had a unique (in my experience, which I am sure is far less than yours) yellow overcast to them, particularly along the belly. The Wood River is not a large river by any means, especially on the upper end where this was caught.
     
  16. jemmick

    jemmick Active Member

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    Re: SW Alaska arctic grayling

    Great looking ref Terry . Thanks!
     
  17. Tom Cruickshank

    Tom Cruickshank The History Channel says I'm "creepy"!!

    Grayling, Arctic.....thymallus arcticus

    A few pictures from our recent adventure..
     

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  18. Tom Cruickshank

    Tom Cruickshank The History Channel says I'm "creepy"!!

    Re: Arctic Greyling reference photos

    A few more..
     

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  19. Tom Cruickshank

    Tom Cruickshank The History Channel says I'm "creepy"!!

    Re: Arctic Greyling reference photos

    Last one.
     

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  20. Grayling, Arctic.....thymallus arcticus......a dissertation

    Thought I would put up a herd of grayling pictures from Alaska....they exhibit some serious color differences depending on the waters they came from.....some have more spotting.....some are more darkly colored.....some have very big dorsal fins. Here is what I've come up with. The first fish all come from Willow Creek about 75 miles north of Anchorage going up the Susitna Valley.....they are all pretty plump for their size and are quite brown in color with much more body spotting than any others I've come across.....

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    Girth is pretty thick for their length....but they all look very similar. If you travel farther north about another 30 miles you come to the Kashwitna River where the grayling don't seem to be near as brown....more gray-blue, not as many spots and thinner...this one is larger than most (21 inches) but pretty representative....

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    Back in Sept, 2010 my partner flew us up to the Kobuk River north of the arctic circle....we fished for two days and caught a few hundred grayling (along with herds of sheefish). One morning we flew a half hour upriver on the Kobuk where another small river merged and the grayling there were much darker than any I've ever seen before.....very striking in color. First here are many we caught around our island camp.....many of these fish had spectacular dorsal fins....

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    You'll notice all these fish from the Kobuk have far less body spotting from the ones in the little rivers north of Anchorage.....

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    Notice the irridescent blue colors when they are in the water......must be difficult to reproduce that.....

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    These are some of the darker fish from our side trip north.....

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    This last fish had the most striking dorsal fin of any grayling I have ever caught or seen personally....in the water the fish was an amazing composite of blues and grays on the body....the fins were magnificent.....both of these photos are of the same fish with just a small difference in lighting and the depth of the fish in water.......

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    When I see some of the fish you guys produce I'm amazed at how you can capture the very subtle shades of colors the fish had originally...I admire your work tremendously. Hopefully these grayling pics will help someone.

    Brian