Stringfish

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Stringfish
Stringfish NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Parahucho perryi
(stringfish)

Family: Salmonidae (salmons and trouts)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese イトウ
Korean 일본연어
Italian Taimen
German Huchen

Simplified Chinese 远东哲罗鱼
French Dai yu
Spanish Taimén
Dutch Donauzalm

Traditional Chinese 遠東哲羅魚
Quebec French Dai yu
Latin American Spanish Taimén
Russian Таймень


The Stringfish (イトウ, Itō) is a freshwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. It is tied with the Dorado as the most valuable freshwater fish in the Animal Crossing series, selling for 15,000 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Stringfish
"Oh boy! I hooked a stringfish! I was just stringing it along..."

Times Dec - Feb: 9PM - 4AM
Location River
Shadow Size Very large
Rarity Rare
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#26

Stringfish
"Whoa... I caught a stringfish! I completely rock! YIPPEEEEEE!"

Description A relative of the salmon, they can live a long time.
Times Dec - Feb: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 150 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#27

Stringfish
"OH MY GOSH! I caught a stringfish! This is AWESOME! ♪"

Description Rarely seen and treasured, these are known for having voracious appetites.
Times Dec - Feb: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size About 60 inches (150 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#29

Stringfish
"OH MY GOSH! I caught a stringfish! My theory really paid off!"

Times Dec - Feb: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 140cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#91

Stringfish

Event Availability Sneaky Stringfish Goals
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 115.6 cm - 164.0 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stone (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]

#30

Stringfish
"OH MY GOSH! I caught a stringfish! Five more and I'll have a guitarfish!"

Time of Year North: Dec – Mar
South: Jun – Sep
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location River (clifftop)
Shadow Size X-Large
Rarity
Total Catch 100
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 22500 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

After donating the Stringfish, Blathers will make the following remarks:

"Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! This is an extremely rare fish, I'll have you know! I'm absolutely agog! If I may hazard a guess, this must have been the most difficult fish to catch yet! I almost can't believe it! To think, you're donating such a rare find to us... Allow me to commend you on your matchless generosity. We've been saving a place just for this day, wot wot! Have faith, this fish will be thoroughly treasured!"

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers will tell the player the following about the Stringfish upon its donation to the museum:

"I've heard it said that this fish is actually very high in fat content... If such words are true, then whatever possessed someone to name it that? If you were to call a portly fellow "stringy", well... Madness would ensue!"

The Stringfish can then be seen swimming about in the first freshwater tank.

In City Folk[edit]

After donating the Stringfish, Blathers will impart his knowledge of the fish to the player:

"...Stringfish are hardy creatures that can live for up to 15 years with ease! These older fish grow to remarkable sizes actually... One fish even made it to a gargantuan 80 inches (2 meters)! At that size, perhaps we should call it the king of the river! No wonder it looks so serene, eh wot?"

The Stringfish can be found in the middle-left tank in the aquarium.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

Chip will not eat this fish as an entry for the Fishing Tourney. He will mention that it is too special to eat as it is. He will accept it as an entry and will measure it as usual.

In New Leaf[edit]

The following information will be displayed by its tank:

"Stringfish live in cold rivers, can grow to over a yard long, and are stout and bulky like logs. They live up to 20 years but grow so slowly that it takes them 15 years to reach full maturity. They are called "phantom fish" because there are so few of them. Adults are particularly hard to find."

The Stringfish can be found in the larger of the two left-hand tanks in the freshwater fish room.

In New Horizons[edit]

"The stringfish grows slowly, but also lives quite a long time for a fish, with up to 15 years being typical. Consequently, while it takes a while, they can get quite large-perhaps even up to six feet long! The stringfish is perhaps the best embodiment in the fish world of 'slow and steady wins the race'"

The Stringfish can be found in the middle waterfall tank in the freshwater fish room.

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

A Sakhalin taimen, the real name of the stringfish

The Parahucho perryi is one of the largest, most ancient type of salmon species which inhabits the lower to middle reaches of lakes and rivers. It is Critically Endangered. Females lay between 2,000 - 10,000 eggs each time on sandy/gravelly river bottoms, most of them do not hatch. The fish can be found in areas of the Northwest Pacific, namely the Sakhalin Island (Russia, where it gets the name Sakhalin taimen), the Island of Hokkaidō (Japan) and parts of the far eastern Russian mainland.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese イトウ
itō
Stringfish

Korean 일본연어
ilbonyeoneo
"Japanese salmon"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
远东哲罗鱼 / 遠東哲羅魚
yuǎndōng zhéluóyú
Stringfish (lit. "Far East taimen")

Russian Таймень
Taymen'
Taimen

Dutch Donauzalm Huchen/Danube salmon, a related species

German Huchen Huchen/Danube salmon, a related species

European Spanish Taimén Taimen

European French Dai yu Stringfish

Italian Sperlano
Taimen (New Horizons)
Smelt
Taimen

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