Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatchewan, Canada

Arctic Grayling Fishing at it's Best

You probably didn't travel to remote Northern Saskatchewan with Arctic Grayling as your primary species to fish.  But while you are here, now is the chance to take part in what is one of the top light tackle fishing experiences anywhere, any species.  Arctic Grayling are a treat to fish, whether on a light weight rod throwing spinners and micro-spoons or on a 4 or 5 weight fly rod.  The experience is unforgettable.  But that's what Cree River Lodge is about, providing an outstanding fishing experience and a level of variety most fisheries can only wish for. 

When the midges and caddis are hatching, the top water action is a fly-fishing dream, and light top-water lures on a spin-cast rod will land you plenty of fish as well.  The catch is the start of an epic aerial display.  Leaping from the water with twists and a somersault (or two) plus the brilliant flashes of colour from their iradescent bodies and you will believe the Grayling should be know as the "Acrobat of the North".  It's not.  Add the oversized dorsal fin to the visual display and the name "Sailfish of the North" needs no explanation.
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Arctic Grayling Fishing Tackle Tips



  • 5’ to 6’ light to medium action


  • light spinning reels with 4 to 6 pound test mono


  • Small spinners (#00 - #1) Mepps, Blue Fox, Panther Martin, etc


  • 4 to 6 wt rods with floating line


  • Dry – Sizes 8 to 14 – mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly patterns, heavily hackled for fast water.  Foam patterns work well too.
  • Wet – sizes 6 to 12 – Nymphs of the same species as well as streamers and soft hackle patterns.

Fly Fishing for Arctic Grayling

Fly fishing for Arctic Grayling can be some of the best action on the water.  With light weight fly rods and an assortment of dry flies and nymphs, the "sailfish of the north" can put on a spectacular leaping display and keep you busy casting and releasing these spectacular fish.

We don't want to give away all our secrets, some of those stay with our guides, but we have several decades of fishing and testing a variety of flies and techniques for casting to these fish in our rivers.  From dry flies to specific nymph selections (see section above), we are happy to share them with you when you come to visit.

See more on our Fly Fishing for Grayling Page below.

Fly Fishing for Grayling
You don't have to go far to start getting that feeling that the next trophy might be just within casting distance...