- a young Atlantic salmon as it returns from the sea to fresh water for the first time.
Origin of grilse
1375–1425; late Middle English grills, grilles (plural) < ?
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Examples from the Web for grilse
The grilse rose sharply at the lure, but I “struck” too late.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
Delightful it is to have the fish fighting all the time as only a grilse will.
Here was the winch, after much service, accounting for a grilse in Norway!
This must have a considerable effect on the future supply of grilse in the Tweed.Poachers and Poaching
My perseverance was rewarded, and I managed to secure three grilse.Chats on Angling
H. V. Hart-Davis
- a young salmon that returns to fresh water after one winter in the sea
C15 grilles (plural), of uncertain origin
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