The Mad Fishicist

A fly rodding, sheep stalking, moose calling, guitar trying, bird watching, fly tying, Katie loving stay-at-home-dad.

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Location: Alaska, United States

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Thymallus arcticus

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling...
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Brook

He weighs ten ounces at best, but somehow his rise makes my heart skip like an old 45. His dorsal fin is more a sail than a rudder. He is small but strong. In a month, his Arctic home waters will try to freeze, suffocate, and starve him to death. Maybe he'll survive.

When the sail catches wind, he is a poem etched in flowing glass.
Thanks for the photo, Andrew.


Blogger realityjunkie said...

What a gorgeous fish. Great poem to.

Monday, November 06, 2006 6:46:00 AM  
Anonymous opax said...

Grayling is one fine fish. And they do like dry flies! Some of my best memories of dry fly fishing include few nice graylings.

Monday, November 06, 2006 7:29:00 AM  
Blogger Belle Etoile said...

My first fish caught on a fly was a greyling - it was beautiful, too. I almost killed it, though, and you had to help me get the hook out.

p.s. Why is it called Thymallus?

Monday, November 06, 2006 8:15:00 AM  
Blogger The Mad Fishicist said...

Thymallus describes the unique smell that grayling have. It's not a fishy smell at all. Imagine dipping your hands in a bowl of thyme and the smell hangs around for the rest of the week.

Monday, November 06, 2006 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger The Chindo said...

I want to catch a greyling. That dorsal fin hypnotises me.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 7:30:00 AM  
Blogger auntibeck said...

Whoa. Another kind of fish? You know, I do believe it is the grayling that has embedded it's fossilised form in the travertine all over the Getty. An ancient surviver to be sure.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 2:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Graylings, especially big ones, are one special fish. The ones we catch in Germany & Austria are the 'regular' ones rather than the arctic version.

You can read (and see) about my last trip at my blog.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 11:26:00 AM  

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