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Last week I got out for the first time this year. Local river has been giving up a few steelhead and walleye. Only spent about 2 hours out but mainly just wanted to get out on the water for the first time this year so any fish caught were just a bonus. Only thing to net was about a 3-4 lb sucker but it did feel nice to put a bend in the long rod after a long winter.

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You guys are too funny. Glad you got out Steve. We got a foot of snow with another foot coming. So it looks like I'll be getting out, to plow the snow.

What did that sucker bite on?

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Glo bug (yarn egg). They love to suck up all the eggs they cam find in the spring behind the spawning fish. They are not a purdy fish by any means but they actually do put up a pretty decent fight so it was good to get out. Might get back out early next week as well if the weather gets better.

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Who's spawning in your rivers right now? We used to catch carp and suckers when I was a kid in VA Beach. They certainly can put up a fight. I'm sure it was fun on a fly rod.

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That's a lot of spawn so early. I forgot that walleye were spring spawners. Our steelies spawn in June.

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Being largely a warm water fishing guy I appreciate the annual sucker spawn each year. I don't know if I have ever taken a picture of one, preferring  to stay in the closet with my sucker fishing so as not to face scorn and ridicule from the trout guys. 

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Some of them are actually kind'a neat. You have the ones that have a red stripe on them where you're at Greg? Those are kind of cool looking.....for a sucker lol

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No we sure don't. In fact the only time Ive seen one with a red stripe were in your pictures. We just have your standard sucker. I do catch quite a few quillback suckers on the river that I think are pretty cool looking and they fight hard since they have carp shoulders and girth. 

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Suckers are good for cleaning your wader boots while you fish up in Maine lol !!  We have huge suckers down here ( I don't live in Maine) in a couple of lakes that spawn more in April than now. Never caught one on a fly that I can recall.

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Sweetness!

Spent first two decades of life on GL’s and it’s tribs chasing S/T/S most of the time, overlooked the extraordinary sucker fishery existing on almost every flow.  Now I live downstate and like chasing suckers and other species in small creeks and considerably tougher waters.  Ah, the ironies of preference and locations.🙃

Some massive Whites and other types up there in your neck of the woods.  Better spawn and big nymph tactics to use as well, year round dream for a flytyer if one is so inclined.

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Yeah some of the white suckers are crazy how big they get. As well as some of the river redhorse that come in with them as well. Got a couple redhorse last year that were up in the 8-10lb range on the fly while trout fishing.

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