I decided this sounded like fun, and they are running right now so I spent the whole afternoon fishing for Redhorse Suckers. By the way, did you know they make a gin fortified beer in the Philipines called Red Horse?
Any way, they are running up the Rapid River, which is aptly named, as you can see in the first photo.
There were Redhorse, both Silver and Shorthead. There was also a bunch of white suckers. You could see them stacked up in the more slack water in the rapids.
I tried a variety of small nymphs and did catch a few, but it was hard to get the fly down in that fast water with such small flies. The best was a beadhead Bloody Mary. I decided to try a clouser because I have caught them with a jig and minnow when fishing the river, (yes, I occasionally use things other than fly rods, please forgive me
It worked pretty darned well. I caught more White Suckers than anything,, and some of them were big. But I also caught both Shorthead and Silver Redhorse. This was the most fun I have had in a while. I caught a ton of fish. It was hairy when they got out into the real fast water, and in fact I lost a bunch that way. I need a net caddy to run down the rocks after the big ones. They could take me out to where I could not get them back. I lost a few really big ones that way. I have got to say, that after experimenting a bit, I think the clouser may be the best way to go. I was letting the fly swing into the slacker water (All of it is pretty fast) and then just letting it hang in the current like I was Hot Shotting. It is hard to see the strikes sometimes, because they take the fly and then move just a hair up on you. You have to watch the line really close. If in doubt, set the hook.
One of a bunch of White Suckers I got today. Notice the Blue/White clouser in it's mouth.
A Shorthead Redhorse. I had a picture of a Silver Redhorse but it turned out bad. I'll get a better one tomorrow evening.