Alaskan Grayling Fishing
Alaskan Grayling are a delight to catch as they readily hit dry flies and are a darn good fight for their size. The dorsal fin of grayling makes them look more like a sailfish minus the bill. They have beautiful colors and are a welcome treat on our trips to the braids of the Alagnak or various fly-outs. Some anglers want to spend a day targeting nothing but grayling, to give their arms a rest from the salmon fishing and still have a great time catching fish. The grayling average about 14” on the Alagnak with several in the 18” range. This is a big average for even Alaskan standards.
It is debated that the Alaska grayling is one of the best eating freshwater fish in the world. Their flesh is white, and flaky when cooked over an open fire for a tasty shore lunch. At Angler’s Alibi, if the grayling population strong, we will keep a few smaller grayling for a classic Alaskan shore lunch. We simply keep a few choice grayling in the 10″ range, as larger ones tend to not taste as good. We scale the fish and remove the innards. With some butter, and some salt, pepper, and a little lemon, you can be eating one of Alaska’s best eating fish on the river! Like I said, we do this only if the population is very strong, and the guests are willing to eat the grayling in addition to the lunch we provide at Angler’s Alibi.