One of the things that really appealed to me about moving to Bozeman is all of the amazing fishing in the surrounding area.

Growing up in Idaho, I've done a lot of fishing, and caught a lot of fish. One species of fish that I've never caught is grayling. It's a fish that can only be found at high elevations, generally in alpine lakes. If you've never heard of a grayling, you're not the only one. Most people have never seen one.

Credit: Jesse James

Before I moved to Montana, I did a little research and found out that there are a lot of places here to catch grayling. Arctic grayling are a rare fish and were only native to two states in the lower 48. Michigan and Montana. They were isolated in this area by the last period of glaciers, which end 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Grayling are essentially a part of Montana's natural heritage. The Montana Arctic Grayling is a beautiful fish with a gray-blue color and a distinctive large dorsal fin.

I plan on doing a lot of fishing this year, and one species on my list of fish to catch is grayling. I've heard you can find them in Emerald Lake near Hyalite, but if you have any other pointers on where I can go to catch grayling, please let me know!