Please tell me you didn't kill that fish. I still don't understand why people hate those suckerfish. I've hook suckerfish like that all the time on the Yakima and found myself in my backing many times. They fight way better than the trout.
What do you catch them on? Theres tons of schools of them down here. but their super spooky and i thought with suckers you have to like have a bait that just sits on the bottom near then and when they get to it they get to it.
In my local rivers, we catch suckers fair on dead drifted smaller nymphs all the time (they seem to be partial to copper johns and the like). I can't count how many times you think you've got the brute of all fish on the end of your line from the amount of reel scream, only to bring in a sucker. They really get the heart racing sometimes. Also, I agree with Mike....let 'em go, they're just as important in the grand scheme of things.
SpeyRodMike: Nope, didn't kill it. I understand they're native to the Yak so I released him. One helluva fight! I thought I was caught on a rock at first. mute: Hooked him on a size 16 Birds Nest dropper.