ADDITIONAL FISH SPECIES
In addition to Rainbow Trout, Royal Wolf also encounters such species as:
Lake Trout, Dolly Varden/Char, Grayling and Sockeye Salmon.
Lake trout are present in our streams from the June 8th trout opener until approximately the second week of July. They are also available towards the end of the season in mid September. As lake dwelling fish, we often encounter these trout at either the top or bottom of the rivers (where the lake flows into the river and where the river flows into another lake). These trout especially enjoy ambushing tiny sockeye fry as they descend the rivers and plunge into the large, cool lakes. Lake trout are a fish that like a large meal – they will often come out of nowhere to grab the trout you are fighting.
Pike are found in the lakes and are an aggressive species that can be fun to catch on poppers and mice. Pike are typically found in sluggish streams and shallow, weedy places in lakes, as well as in cold, clear, rocky waters. They are typical ambush predators; they lie in wait for prey, holding perfectly still for long periods, and then exhibit remarkable acceleration as they strike. In short, they inhabit any water body that contains fish, but suitable places for spawning are essential for their numbers. Because of their cannibalistic nature, young pike need places where they can take shelter between plants so they are not eaten. In both cases, rich submerged vegetation is needed.
DOLLY VARDEN / CHAR
Throughout our three drainages, we have both sea-run and lake-run dolly varden and char. These are a nice bonus alongside our beautiful rainbow trout. We commonly catch them on egg patterns, but also do very well with dry flies, nymphs and streamers. In the fall especially, the dollies and char turn some of the most brilliant colors, a true complement to the brightly changing tundra and beautiful fall leaves.
Arctic Grayling also inhabit most of our streams and in good numbers. These are great fish to catch on dry flies and have beautiful spots with a huge dorsal fin. Some of our grayling reach 22” and up.
Each year, millions of sockeye salmon run up the streams and rivers that RWL considers home water. In late June and the first few weeks of July, the sockeye will be chrome bright and a blast to hook on the fly rod.