Grayling (Thymallus thymallus and T. arcticus) a member of the salmon family (Salmonidae)is native to the Palearctic zone. Grayling are widespread throughout the colder regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Grayling from Australia are a different genus all together.

Grayling are omnivorous eating crustaceans, insects and insect larvae, and fish eggs. The immature fish feed on zooplankton and insect larvae. Where they occur grayling are a popular sportsfish, especially among fly fisherman and are an excellent food fish. For catch and release fishing single barbless hooks are recommended due to the soft mouths these fish havef which are easily damaged.

arctic grayling picture

Key Notes and Tips:
*Maximum size is 24 inches and 15 pounds
 *Max size is half that in the North American species.
*The grayling prefers cold, clean, running riverine waters, but also occurs in lakes.
*The name Thymallus comes from the fact that sometimes the fish smell like "thyme".

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