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Does anyone have any methods/flies/tips for catching suckers? I have never caught one, although they are quite common in streams in my area.

I see many 16-20"+ and I imagine one of that size would put up a decent fight. I have never seen them chase anything, are they possible to catch at all? Aside from snagging them, of course. If it is possible to catch them I may try going after some big ones sometime after working a stretch of water for trout or smallies.

Just curious, all comments appreciated.

Posted on: 2009/8/26 17:03


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When I was younger, I fished for catfish a lot and would catch suckers a lot. I not sure but I would say that I don't think you could catch them on flies.

Posted on: 2009/8/26 21:51


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I accidentally catch them all the time on standard nymphs.

Posted on: 2009/8/26 22:13


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Stone fly nymphs, they're smarter than trout, good practice.

Posted on: 2009/8/27 0:23


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Rook,
If you hit the Erie tribs at the end of the steelhead run (late march / april) you will find great numbers of big suckers making their spawning runs.
Even though I target the steelhead, the suckers will take the same flies...nymphs, eggs, caddis, etc.
So a trip to erie could give you a 2 for one package!!!

Posted on: 2009/8/27 7:16


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See shows you what I know lol

Posted on: 2009/8/27 10:40


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I've mouth-hooked many suckers on Spring Creek on just standard nymphs. when they're feeding they'll eat anything.

Posted on: 2009/8/27 11:03
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LOL Troutking!

I suppose I have not fished often enough with nymphs to have realized that they will take them. It makes sense that they would. and maybe i should go after ones that are more than 20 ft away lol.

Thanks for the info guys. For those of you who have caught them, what kind of fight do they put up? Is it closer to that of a fallfish or of a carp? Or something completely different?

And do they still bite if you use a weight with the nymph? The ones I have tried to catch seemed scared by even the smallest weight but they also could have been scared by me in general.

Posted on: 2009/8/27 11:28
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Not the best fight, but worth the effort of going after them.
They typically wont come far off the bottom to get a fly, so you probably need some weight to get the fly down to them.

Here's some guys targeting them in Spring Creek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9fnWD-ghLE

Posted on: 2009/8/27 11:50


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I caught a sucker last weekend at the little lehigh and it went airborne, haha. I thought it was a trout the entire time, until i got it in closer and realized what it was. Most times they are not the best fight, but I guess sometimes you get lucky.

Posted on: 2009/8/27 12:15


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i find their fight similar to trying to haul in a bag of mud.but not in a bad way.

i have caught them on pink and gray scud flies.

Posted on: 2009/8/27 12:43


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Thanks for that link to the video, David. Didn't think anyone actually targeted them lol!

Sounds like they shouldn't be too tough to hook or land. Of course now I am out of nymphs so I guess I'll try to catch some next year.

Again thanks for the responses!

Posted on: 2009/8/27 18:32
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I know those guys in the youtube video. I don't like catching them because you just drag them in and they stink.

Posted on: 2009/8/29 15:33
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I think, inch for inch, a sucker is every bit the equal of a rock bass as a fighting fish...

When the bass rivers I fish in SE Wisconsin get low and pretty much all the fish queue up in the pools, I catch a lot of suckers on dead drifted fur leeches while fishing for smallmouth. And judging by how the fish are hooked, the takes are deliberate.

Some of them are pretty formidable, up to 21-22".

They aren't bass, but they giver a decent account on themselves on a 6 wgt. rod.

I don't mind catching them, have yet to encounter one that "stinks" and overall would rate the experience as far better than a sharp stick in the eye, but not quite as good as a DQ strawberry/marshmallow sundae.

Posted on: 2009/9/2 13:03


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I think they fight well.

I do detect the stink, though. They're very slimy. Doesn't bother me.

Posted on: 2009/9/2 13:34



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