Saturday, August 6, 2011

Char Time!

Another fish unique to the far north is the Arctic char. This relative of the brook trout spends time in larger bodies of water and then follows salmon in to their spawning areas to feast on eggs dropped by salmon. Char then spawn after the salmon are gone. Like steelhead, char are a bright silver when they first enter tributaries and then they color up as spawning approaches. Here is a chunky specimen taken during a fly-out to a tundra river. Aggressive feeders and strong fighters, we caught char on beads, dry flies, and swinging streamers. Naknek River Camp arranges fly-outs to a number of different locations for interested anglers.

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