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Fish: Arctic Grayling

Found some big ones!! New Species for me

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/2/2020 12:53:53 PM     Points: 315    
We heard about the majestic Arctic Grayling late last fall and we've been itching to target them...We finally did recently and had some GREAT SUCCESS!! Threw a wide variety of stuff with no action (for the graylings at least), we landed a big brown, some Colorado River Cutthroat, and a handful of white suckers too. We switched to the 2" Micro Minnow Tadpole pattern and they went nuts for it!! Most hits couldn't have been more then 20 yards off of shore.

We landed several trophy size ones, 3 of which were 1/2" or less from a Master Angler Award! This species is so beautiful and that dorsal fin is incredible😍😍

Weather was very nice and sunny with only small spurts of wind! Drone shots came out great as everything is lush up there right now! Hoping next time we target them we have the same success! Hope you all enjoy!!

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 Reply by: The Fast Forester      Posted: 7/2/2020 10:43:58 PM     Points: 503
Nice fish, great videos of the grayling. Congrats!
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 7/3/2020 8:24:06 AM     Points: 475
Tyler, you just get better and better with your videos and probably with your fishing finesse as well, although I am no judge. I have been wanting to try for those grayling in that lake, but since it is on the other side of the Mesa from me, I have not yet made the trek. Your success has inspired me and I will be going soon. The grayling remind me a lot of the mountain whitefish, except that they look like they have dressed up to attend the Royal Ball., Beautiful!
Thank you
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 7/3/2020 3:00:52 PM     Points: 5570
arctic grayling one of the prettiest fresh water fish besides a spawning brook trout. those ones you have are way nice.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/3/2020 5:54:24 PM     Points: 315
The Fast Forester

Thank you very much😁! We were fortunate to land into those nice ones our first time targeting them...Hoping next time it's even better lol, or somewhere close to the same. Sorry for the late reply, went to sleep early to hit a new lake on the Mesa today, just got back.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/3/2020 5:58:15 PM     Points: 315

Thank you so much for that! It really means a lot, I work hard on improving my editing, and do research and experiment with things when I get the time. It's really nice to hear from a personal standpoint, as editing was my number one concern when starting this youtube. I had never video edited or recorded anything (besides with my phone) in my life until then. Glad you appreciate the hard work!!

This year is our first time on the East side of the Mesa, it's been good fishing so far! HMU If you go and i'll tell you exactly where I went to get those!! Hopefully you can replicate the success or do even better! I fully agree with the whitefish statement lol. We thought the same thing haha!! Tight Lines and have a good holiday weekend!

PS: Avoid the Mesa this weekend...I got up early and went up there today to hit a new lake, by the halfway point in the day, it was a MAD HOUSE up there and that was the East side. I bet the West side is 10x worse.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/3/2020 5:59:27 PM     Points: 315

I would agree with you but I've never seen a spawning brook, but can only imagine the beauty!! We were fortunate to land into a handful that were close to an MA, seems the bigger they are, the prettier!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/3/2020 6:41:56 PM     Points: 48654
Coolest grayling footage Ive seen! Way to go guys! Thats still a bucket list fish for me.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/3/2020 9:18:08 PM     Points: 315

Thanks for that Bron! Hope you can get into some! The micro minnow was really big for us that day for them! Nothing else besides worms got em. Have a good 4th!
 Reply by: Odibear      Posted: 7/4/2020 1:17:07 AM     Points: 3
NICE! Iíve got the Arctic grayling in my sights too, absolutely stunning fish! Thanks for the info on the green tadpole micro minnows, the pumpkin and cheese were absolutely killing the brookies yesterday.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 7/4/2020 11:27:04 AM     Points: 475
Thanks Tyler - I know which lake you were at, I just could not tell which one of the two inlets you were fishing. I am guessing it was the one to the east, but I could not tell for sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 7/4/2020 12:02:21 PM     Points: 415
Nice catches! Love Graylings! Remind me of the flying fish Iíve seen off of Catalina Island in California! 🎣🍻🤙
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/4/2020 1:50:48 PM     Points: 315

Haha don't want you all to struggle for hours and throw your whole tackle box like i did!! The tadpole and green pumpkin cheese have replaced the Firetiger as my favorite patterns. The "cheese" bottom really makes it look like a real minnow imo. Interested to see which ones work better in the Fall.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/4/2020 1:52:47 PM     Points: 315

The SE one😀 Good luck out there!!


I've never caught a saltwater fish but I feel this is the closest thing to one that i'll get (lookwise)! The dorsal fin looks amazing when you're reeling them in too!
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 7/6/2020 10:41:53 AM     Points: 411
nice..i wonder how big they get in that lake..skipped fishing it on my trip but will have to be back again sometime this summer! jealous of how much youre able to get up there!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/6/2020 4:59:50 PM     Points: 315

No clue but unless we got really lucky, I would think there would have to be some state records cruising around in there. It's a great place and one of my favorite places to fish!! GL going for them when you come back!

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