Arctic Grayling Fishing at it's Best
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.
“As an outdoors writer for the past quarter century, I've had the opportunity to fish a great deal of water with a great number of people, from the far north to Mexico. I can truly state that never have I spent time with better, more experienced anglers than the folks at Cree River Lodge. I felt comfortable from the moment our boat touched the dock at Cree River until; sadly it was time to depart. The fishing, food and hospitality were top notch and I am eagerly awaiting round two with those big pike and walleye.”
“I have fished a lifetime to catch the quality of fish I battled with at Cree River Lodge. The pike fishing is so insane I had to make time to fish for walleye and arctic grayling—I love first world problems like these.”
“I have been in outdoor media industry for 11 years, and in that time I've been able to travel to some amazing places to fish. But I can say that of all the incredible locations I've visited, none has stuck with me more than Cree River Lodge. I have an insatiable passion for pike on the fly, and I truly don't believe any experience will ever top the fishing at Cree River. It was as close to paradise for a guy in love with toothy fish on the fly as you can get. If I could visit every year, I would.”
“Cree River Lodge is a truly outstanding destination for giant pike! In the vast river system there, you can catch huge ‘gators in weedy backwaters, rocky river sections, and in wide-open lakes—loads of pike over 40 inches, with some pushing 50! If you get worn out by these monsters, take a break with a hot walleye bite, with most fish over 17 inches and some close to 30 inches. Finally, big grayling are waiting for the right spinner or fly pattern in the fastest river sections. The guides and accommodations are awesome, too”
“Made the trip with high expectations. All expectations were exceeded, blown out of the water. Was hoping to land a few pike on my fly rod and broke all my personal records with a 46" pike on the fly. 8 pike 40" or larger in 3 days. Thanks to the guides, Darren, Joel, Georgie for putting us in the right spots, again, again, again. ”
“Patrick, Best Walleye fishing in 10 years! Thanks for doing a great job as our host! You continue to improve the wonderful experience. All the best. ”
“Cree River Crew, We had an outstanding time at the lodge and on the lake this week. Biggest pike on the fly. Stef's biggest pike, grayling and walleye and summer whitefish! Meals were too good. Hope to see you again soon. Cree river lodge is like fishing in a dream. Thanks All! ”
“Unreal. What I love about Cree River is you are in walleye, monster jack and grayling within minutes of the lodge - no 20 minute boat ride. I would recommend time at the rapids and the river. Four casts with 4 fish over 40 inches has to be the highlight!! The amazing food and shore-side lunches topped off the trip.”
“Date: Aug 21, 2015 Thx for the awesome fishing + Great food and Company, Completely awesome, Thx.”
“Date: Aug 21, 2015 Best fishing ever! 46.5" Jack, lots of Walleye! Awesome food, awesome people. Keep doing what your doin. thanks for the experience.”
“Date: Aug 21, 2015 Great fishing, Great people, Great food, Tons of fun. Thanks for everything.”
“Date: June 10, 2014 Greatest fishing experience I've ever had!"
“July 5, 2014. Thank you for the family atmosphere, good laughs + the BEST fishing these green eyes have seen. Also thanks for not sending us to the hospital during spoons! Cheers from Chicago! 29 inch Willy the Walleye. 45 inch Jack."
“Date: June 30, 2014. What a great time - food fish and food. Take the River trip and see the Canadian North. Thanks for the lesson on catching the Walleye. Pike fishing was Great. We both enjoyed it a lot."
“Date: July 5, 2014. My first 40" Northern, 28" Wally, and a very nice grayling to say the least it was a trip of firsts. So lucky to have had the chance to experience such a friendly and fun family. Can't wait to come back."