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Arctic Char/Dolly Varden
Posted by bakerb on Aug 21 2005
You are correct. These are Anadromous Dolly Varden (what did this poor fish do to earn this moniker). The name Arctic Char seems so much more fitting that I refer to them as Char as well.
In either case, I have never fished the Sagavanirktok River. However, I have seen Char in the river while overflying it.
I have fished the Ivishak River (Sag tributary) extensively. There are a number of Char that both spawn and winter in the Ivishak. The wintering fish are generally smaller and remain fairly silver. The spawners can get pretty big (over 30 inches) and develop beautiful colors.
These fish should begin entering the river by mid-month August. By September, there should be a good population of them in the Ivishak River.
I have some photos on a personal Web Site if you are interested.
Please don't make fun of the cheesy music. I made this page when I was experimenting with HTML - at the time I thought it was pretty cool!
By the way, I do believe there are populations of Char in other tributaries of the Sag, I just don't know which ones. As far as I know, the Ivishak is the primary Char wintering/spawning tributary of the Sag.
Good luck finding them,
Benjamin K. Baker
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