Grayling (Thymallus thymallus)

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Family Thymallidae

Size 22 " ( 55 cm)


It has two Dorsal Fins on the Back the first of which is high and long . The dorsal side has a checquerred pattern and the scales are neatly aligned it has a purploish sheen.When caught fresh smells of Thyme


Bottom dwelling creatures but may take the eggs of Salmon and Trout


Lives in Fast Flowing unpolluted Rivers and some mountain lakes where it tends to swim in shoals. Common in England less elsewhere and not found in ScotlandYound swim in small tight shoals


Spawns March - May in bed areas of gravel , the doral fin is purplish red at this time of year

  By Gilles San Martin (originally posted to Flickr as Thymallus thymallus) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons