Arctic Char

Salvelinus alpinus

Average weight: 2.3 to 3.2 kg (5 to 7 lbs)

The flash of reddish orange in the fast flowing river signals a feisty challenge. Arctic Char, a member of the salmon family, are migrating in this Arctic river. Dozens, then hundreds, flash by - determined to reach their Northwest Territories spawning grounds. 

Char weighing up to 6.8 kg (15 lbs) are caught in some NWT rivers. Arctic Char usually sport a dark green back and silvery sides, with pale white/pink spots, but at spawning time, both male and female sea run char are brightly coloured, the male a vivid orange-red. Flesh colour varies, but the distinctive char flavour rivals salmon. Tempt an Arctic char with a brightly coloured fly, or by dead-drifting a small bright or natural coloured nymph.


Other Species

Snakes. Northerns. Jackfish. Whatever you call 'em, you'll be reeling 'em in....

Here be monsters – the largest of their kind in the world.

A stunning sailfish that puts up a heckuva fight. 

Funny looking. Yummy eating. Always great to catch.  

Attractive. Agressive. A fly-fisher's dream. 

French for "unknown." English for "catch of the day."  

Looking for a fly-fishing challenge? Look no further: 

Fierce fighters, and the most succulent shore-lunch in the North.