The dolly varden is a member of the Char family, like the brook trout and lake trout. The species was named after a flamboyant character from a Charles Dickens novel. It is very closely related to the bull trout and arctic char, and is often mis-identified by anglers. Adding to the confusion is the fact that Southern and Northern strains of dollies exist, each of which have different habits. The range of the dolly varden includes most of Alaska and extends Southward into a few rivers in Northern Canada. They also exist in the Kamchatka region of Russia. Wherever dolly varden are found, they offer fantastic fishing in late Summer and Early Fall.