Another fish which the old time naturalists classed with the salmon, but which are now considered as a separate family are the graylings. In this country there are three species, the Arctic grayling, the Montana grayling and the Michigan grayling. The latter is now extinct, or nearly so. The Arctic grayling is generally considered the parent fish, in this country, and it is thought that those of Montana and Michigan were carried south from far northern Canada by the ice during the glacial period. There is not any striking difference in the three species and the two southern varieties might have changed greatly since that time. Personally, I have never seen a grayling, but they are said to be beautiful fish. They are of graceful shape and have enormous brightly colored front dorsal fins. The back is gray or bluish, and lighter beneath, and when taken from the water is said to be iridescent like mother-of-pearl, showing all tints and colors. It never exceeds two pounds in weight. It is caught mostly in autumn on brook trout tackle, with the artificial fly.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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