Book & Travel with Confidence. Read our Covid Promise
+44 (0)1603 407596

Species Spotlight: Dolly Varden

Species Spotlight: Dolly Varden

The Dolly Varden is a beautifully coloured member of the Salmonoid family, this fish is considered by many to be on of the prettiest of all the salmonoid species and therefore it is a sought after prize by many. This fish makes for some stunning photographs when caught and is a species that any discerning fly angler should tick off their species list.



Dolly Varden


Also known as:



Scientific name:

Salvelinus Malma

Small Dolly Varden


The Dolly Vardens back and sides are olive green or muddy gray, shading to white on the belly. The body has scattered pale yellow or pinkish-yellow spots and there are no black spots or wavy lines on the body or fins. Small red spots are present on the lower sides. The Dolly Vardens fins are plain and unmarked except for a few light spots on the base of the caudal fins.


Average size:

The average size of the Dolly Varden that you will catch is around the 4lb mark.


Where to catch:

The best destination to catch Dolly Varden just has to be Alaska,  the Alaskan wilds are world-renowned Dolly Varden hotspots with destinations such as Alaska Trophy Adventures, Mission Lodge and Goodnews River Lodge all being some of the top places to fish.


Fishing methods:

Dolly Varden change their feeding habits at certain times of the year, if they are feeding on fry and juvenile fish then spinning with lure tackle or fly fishing using flashy large patterns work. Once they change to feeding on Salmon redds you will be best fishing Salmon egg imitations.


Contact us

If you have any queries or questions around catching Dolly Varden or any of our Freshwater Fly Fishing holidays contact us today. You can call our office on 01603 407596 and we can put you on track to the best destinations around the world. Remember you can always request a free brochure here.

Post a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay in Touch
Sign Up To Our Newsletter
Sign up to our weekly newsletter to get the latest travel advice, offers and adventures.
Request A Brochure
Our inspiring, free brochure is packed with incredible travel inspiration from every corner of the planet.
Submit An Enquiry
Our experienced team are always on hand to help you with any questions or advice you need.