Arctic Grayling Fishing Lures

Arctic Grayling are really cool fish and are known as the sailfish of the salmon species.

Grayling are found in rivers, streams, and lakes in Alaska, Canada and Montana, and Michigan. Grayling are fun to catch using a fly or spinning tackle.

They’re a slow growing fish and only grow about one inch per year and can live to be over 30 years old.

Arctic Grayling have soft mouths so it is important to use single hooks and not fight the fish to aggressively.

cody wabiszewski with arctic grayling

Grayling have a strong bite in the summer-time and naturally feed on flies, insects, salmon eggs, and small fish such as baby salmon. They are not picky when it comes to what they will try to eat but I noticed that they approach the bait slow and nip at it. They keep coming back if they miss the bait so do not give up if a grayling hits but does not get hooked.

Here Are the Best Grayling Fishing lures, baits, and jigs.

1. Pumpkin Seed Gold Rooster Tail

Pumpkin Seed Gold Rooster Tail

Price: Around $9

One lure I like a lot is a seed gold rooster tail with a single hook. The 1/8 ounce size is perfect for grayling. The single hook make it league in most streams. 

2. Glitter Flame Rooster Tail

Glitter Flame Rooster Tail grayling lure

Price: Around $9

Glitter Flame or fluorescent red is close to the color spinner I was using in the “how to catch trout video shown at the bottom”.

This lure does use a treble hook, though, which is not ideal but still gets the job done

Smashing the barbs of the hook down would be a good idea so the fish is easier to release. Good sizes are 1/16 – 1/4 ounce.

artic grayling caught in Alaska
how to catch grayling

3. Prince Nymph Fly

Prince Nymph Fly grayling fly

Price: Around $9

Wet and dry files will both work for grayling.

A prince nymph with a bead head would be a good choice to drift in the current.

A mosquito dry fly would be good in low current areas near the surface.

I like this Prince nymph fly with a bead for weight.

4. Large Fly Kit

Large Fly Kit for grayling

Price: Around $25

A 120 piece fly kit with box. Some flies include are mosquito dry fly, bead head midge pupa, bead head caddis, and black woolly bugger. Try and match the hatch and use a fly that will work for the current fishing conditions.

reeling in a grayling
Dolly varden trout caught on pink spinner

The pictures above show a grayling being reeled in and a dolly varden caught with a pink spinner.

5. Small Jig Trout Magnet

Small Jig Trout Magnet

Price: Around $10

This trout magnet kit comes with many small jigs (.16 ounce) that would work great for grayling.

spinners and fly lures used to catch grayling
large grayling trout caught near denali highway

6. Mepps Size Zero Spinner


Price: Around $10

Another lure I really like is the Mepps size zero, 1/12 ounce with gold blade, tail and gold bead with a single hook.

7. Panther Martin Single Blade Lure

Panther Martin Single Blade Lure

Price: Around $5

I’ve had good luck using the Panther Martin single blade spinner with a single hook. I recommend Size 2, weight 1/16 ounce.

Denali national park sign
mountain glacier

8. Trout Beads

Price: Around $35

If the salmon are spawning in the river being fished using salmon eggs or beads would be a good option.

Depending on the location of the stream you may be able catch rainbow trout and dolly varden with these beads as well.

In many fishing for grayling with salmon eggs is not allowed but you can always use trout beads two inches up from the hook. Trout beads can even be used in fly-only streams in many cases.

Trout beads assorted Alaska pack. Size 6mm, 8mm and 10 mm beads.

grayling hooks

Price: Around $5

Gamakatsu size 10 single hooks are a good size hook for grayling.

toothpicks for trout beads

Price: Around $6

Toothpicks work good to hold the trout beads in place.

I was fishing for Arctic grayling near the Denali Highway in Alaska. There were many lakes and rivers that were a short walk to start fishing. If there is a small pound without and stream that flows into the pound it is unlikely there will be grayling. Only fish small lake or pound if a stream connects to the water at some point throughout the year.

Thanks for visiting Global Fishing Reports. I hope these suggestions help you catch more arctic grayling!

If you have any suggestions for top arctic grayling lures and baits, leave a comment below!

1 thought on “Arctic Grayling Fishing Lures”

  1. Great article – thanks. Im headed to AK next June and the lake next to cabin loaded with grayling. Nice stripers in the small pic by the way,,,


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