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Species of fish
 -The character-Grayling
Fishing management


The fish in the river

Many consider the salmon to be the king of all angling catches. It is completely dependent on undeveloped rivers for its survival.
As regards the River Pite, the salmon rises as far as Storforsen Rapids.
The salmon is a migratory fish in the true sense of the word. The River Pite salmon eventually swims to its growing areas in the southern Baltic Sea.
The best way to guarantee the survival of the River Pite salmon is to ban all professional fishing in those areas.
There is hardly any other fish that can attract an international army of anglers in the same way as the salmon.

Foto: Ulrik Bylander
There is solidly established interest all over the world, and anglers in general are also willing to pay a tidy sum for the privilege. In many parts of the world, fishing permit prices have also reached unimaginable levels, due to dwindling natural resources.
The salmon spends three years in the river - in certain cases up to four years - before migrating to the sea.
When it returns, it does so in order to spawn. Therefore the river should be open to the distant guests.
Angling can be divided into different sectors, where fly-fishing is a growing sector. As a business operation, it is indeed fly-fishing for salmon that has attracted large numbers of anglers, both from within Sweden, the continent and the rest of the world.

Swedish angling record; 28.7 kg. 1992. 

Most of us have begun as anglers with a long rod and a worm.
In those days the trout was an attractive fish, but it has since had a gloomy time of it.
Its development has been largely influenced by incorrect forestry methods, leading to a great numbers of forest ditches. These ditches have a negative effect on insect life. The disappearance of forests has increased water temperature in the brooks, the protecting waterside growth has been felled and humus sedimentation has begun. 

Foto: Ulrik Bylander
The River Pite is tailor-made for the trout. Its stony beds provide the protective environment it so badly needs.
In the stone-strewn grayling paradise around Lake Vuolvojaure, there are still outstanding conditions for catching large examples of this tiger of the waters.
Every year, trout weighing over six kg are caught, while the largest ones weigh over ten kg.
The largest trout are taken on a spoon or wobbler, but good catches are made every year on the flies that fly-fishers offer.

Swedish angling record; Lake trout 17 kg. 1991. (Gällivare). Sea trout 15.2 kg, 1993.


The River Pite has always been known for its fine grayling stock.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a clear distinction was made between fish caught on a fly and on a spinner.
We should bear his in mind when reading that the biggest grayling ever caught on a fly was landed on the River Pärl on 17 August, 1919. The angler was log-driver Axel Nyman, who on that particular day was using a spinner. The 2.8 kg grayling is comparable to the present Swedish record of 2.85 kg.
The River Pite would eventually become the scene of a new Swedish fly-fishing record for grayling.

Foto: Ulrik Bylander
This took place during the Second World War, on 6 August, 1942.
The angler, John E. Nilsson, was using a fly at Falesjaure, upstream of Tjeggelvas, when the giant took the bait. The grayling weighed 2.35 kg, still an impressive size.

Swedish angling record, 2.85 kg. River Pite, area around Harrejaure, 1986. Sweden's largest grayling caught on a rod: 3.35 kg. Lake Råstojaure, 1966. More information on grayling, flies etc.



Whitefish (or Gwyniad) 
Whitefish is somewhat underestimated as an angling fish. It will readily take a fly or can be caught when ice-fishing, and can present an exceptional challenge.
There are several species of whitefish in The River Pite, one of which can be described as the larger Asp houting.
There are at least six species of whitefish in Sweden. They can form hybrids, making it extremely difficult to determine the species. The best way to do this is to count the gill arch teeth of the fish.
In biological respects, the whitefish is a major rival for nutrition above all to the grayling and charr. In many waters therefore, the whitefish is seen as a second rate angling fish, and is not universally appreciated.
It is especially pleasing to fly-fish for grayling with a small dry fly. The relatively small mouth of the whitefish makes the experience highly interesting and full-value angling.

Swedish angling record; 5.3 kg, 1994.




It is now established that we have three different charr species in Sweden. These are mountain charr, large charr and an inferior species called 'rödingtita' in Swedish.
We also have a species that is seeded, called brook trout, which strictly speaking is not a Swedish fish, but was imported from North America. It should not be mixed up with Swedish mountain charr living in streams.
In the River Pite, charr occur more abundantly upstream of Tjeggelvas, towards Miekak.
In the fishing camp at Miekak, structural fly-fishing for charr has become an international affair. The charr stock at and around Miekak is based on extensive seeding.
According to the Fresh Water Laboratory in Stockholm, lakes like Pieskejaure, Mavasjaure, Vajmok etc were empty of fish up until 1964.

Foto: Ulrik Bylander
The lakes lie on a high glacial plateau, which fish could not reach due to migratory obstacles around Miekak.
As early as the mid 1960s, the then new hybrid Larctic charr was put out in these environments.
Today charr fishing in the waters around Miekak is a well-established attraction, above all dry-fly-fishing for charr in the Pieskejaure currents.
The charr is the ultimate challenge for the mountain angler, being a fish that can hardly be structured in a set framework.
In the large source lake Tjeggelvas over the years, some enormous examples of the charr hybrid Larctic charr have been landed, some over 14 kg!
This is a cross between Lake trout and Swedish mountain charr. Other hybrids are Splake, which is a cross between Lake trout and Brook trout, and Sparctic charr, produced by crossing Brook trout with Swedish charr.

Swedish angling record; 8.9 kg, 1995.


The pike - together with the perch - can be reckoned as one of Sweden's most common and most appreciated angling fish.
The fish is found far up in the Pite river system, but is caught mostly in the forest river downstream of Storforsen Rapids.
It is a predator, which is why there are calls to decimate the pike stock in rivers where salmon spawn. A restrictive approach to this should be adopted, since the large pike take the smaller examples of their own species.
The archipelago outside mouth of the River Pite is the home of real pike fishing.
The fishing season usually begins in early June, and culminates around Midsummer (21 June). A good rule of thumb is the length of reeds. When it is fully grown, the larger pike leave the archipelago area, seeking the open sea. The next major pike period is in September, when the herring, and above all bleak, return to the archipelago.
A good tip is to seek the pike in deeper water and further from the shore. These monster pike are often taken on deep-running wobblers of any large variety.

Swedish angling record; 22,5 kg. 1973.



As with the pike, the perch is to be found far up in the River Pite, and also in the many lakes dotting the landscape.
Surveys have been carried out which show that the perch is our most popular angling fish, a fellow that follows us anglers through life.
The perch is fun to angle from a jetty, and can be fished with a spinner and a fly and even when ice-fishing with a jig in the springtime.
In addition, it makes a tasty dish, either smoked or grilled. The perch is a predator, fond of taking the small
fry in the lake or stream. From an ecological perspective, young perch can be good food for larger trout for example.
In the middle stretches of the River Pite, including around Tjeggelvas, there are good conditions to catch really large perch.
In these old forests in the foothills, it is not unusual for grayling to be found together with perch and pike. A consequence of this constellation is that the fish species keep each "in order". The species produce large examples in this way.

Swedish angling record; 3.1 kg. 1985.


To some, the burbot may not appear to be an angling catch, but it does give great opportunities for varying angling. On the River Pite they are often fished during dark, cold winter days during the spawning period.
The burbot has an exceptional ability to make its home in all imaginable waters.
It spends more time on the bed and will readily take other the egg production of other fish. Therefore it is thought of as "junk fish ", which is an incorrect term to use of all fish in of this type.


The burbot contributes to improving conditions in the river system to the benefit of the trout. It is not unusual for trout to help itself to burbot young.
The fly-fisher can make use of this through fly imitations similar to burbot young, like the classic Muddler Minnow.

Swedish angling record; 8.5 kg. 1996.


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