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Dolly Varden Fly Fishing Holidays

Dolly Varden are often thought to be trout, but in fact they are from the Char family. These fish as juveniles spend their time in freshwater moving to the ocean when reaching adulthood. When in the saltwater, these Dolly Varden turn silver in colour, but when returning back to rivers to spawn, they turn greenish brown with light orange spots. Fly fishing anglers target these returning adults that come in both – to spawn and also feed on abundant Salmon eggs, as they provide some amazing sport.

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  Category: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Hosted Freshwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Guided Fly Fishing Trips
   Season: June to September
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Additional Information

The Dolly Varden is a beautifully colored member of the Salmonid family, this fish is considered by many to be on of the prettiest of all the salmonid 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.

Name: Dolly Varden
Also known as: Dollys
Scientific name: Salvelinus malma


The Dolly Vardens back and sides are olive green or muddy grey, 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.

Dolly Varden Fly Fishing

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 reeds you will be best fishing Salmon egg imitations.



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