The Oregon or Rocky Mountain whitefish is closely related to the trout and chars and is often included in this family.
Features: Trout-like in appearance, the body is silvery in color with a bronze or dark back. They can be distinguished from trout by the forked tail and the small, down-turned mouth. Lengths run to 20-inches. Whitefish are often erroneously called graylings by many anglers.
Habitat: Mountain whitefish inhabit many Oregon streams and lakes, thriving best in clear, cold water.
Techniques: Whitefish tend to go for flashy flies, but are known for quickly spitting them out. Many sportsmen look with disfavor on the whitefish and often throw it away as undesirable. However, the flesh of the whitefish is firm and tasty, and the bony structure is the same as that of a trout. Many anglers prefer their whitefish smoked.