First New 2023 Species Comes by Luck

by | May 9, 2023 | fly fishing for suckers | 2 comments

fly-fishingLast fall Granny and I made a trip to the Driftless Region of Wisconsin and visited and fished with our friends Jo and Jason Randall who live near Viroqua.  This rolling hilled farm country has some of the best trout fishing in all the Midwest and I’m happy to say we returned here this afternoon for another visit.  Also in town are our friends Joan and Tim Flagler.  If you visit The Fly Fishing Show during winter you’ve probably met all these folks.  We work the shows together.


flyfishingGranny and I arrived around 2 PM and the Flagler’s had just arrived also.  After we caught up over ice cold New Glarus’s, Jason, Tim and I wadered up and headed for one of Jasons nearby brook trout haunts.  This miniature meadow stream doesn’t look like much from afar, but up close, there’s plenty of deep runs, riffles and heaps of 6” to 9” brook trout and a few bigger ones as well.


fly-patternFor most trout anglers spoiled by the big trout of the west, tiny brook trout of the Driftless don’t excite.  Me on the other hand, I love them.  I didn’t get to catch many brookies while living in the Yellowstone Region for more than 34 years.  These are about like the brookies I grew up with in NH and they bring back good memories.


brook-troutI fished my Winston 4-weight Pure.  Though small, these native trout are as spooky as a big trout anywhere, therefore I like the gentle presentation I get with my light fly rod.  I fished a lengthy leader with 5X tippet and a size 16 Stimulator.  Patience and moving slow up the stream led to great success.  I landed more then ten of the colorful gems.


Spotted-CowTim and Jason mostly nymphed the deepest runs and caught a few nice brookies as well.  After a couple hours of fun we headed in early for a big dinner.  The Flagler’s are from New Jersey and they packed some of their home-cooking from Jersey.  The food was absolutely delicious and when done we had an hour of dusk light.  We grabbed a few after dinner brews and headed two minutes from Jason’s house to pop some leech patterns in a deep hole.


Driftless-RegionHonestly, I was done fishing for the day after the brook trout stream.  I kicked back on a rock and enjoyed my beer while Tim and Jason fished.  The birdlife was incredible.  All the time, Jason kept trying to hand me his rod to have a whirl.  After my last sip of Spotted Cow was gone, I took his rod and hucked out his blackish fly.  I plucked out a few little browns and then got extremely lucky.


sucker-fliesYou can trace back to a couple of my spring blogs of 2022 where I was working overtime trying to land a white sucker (Catostomus commersonii) fair and square on a fly.  Despite a huge effort over a couple of days, I failed.  Tonight, I caught one of the bottom cleaning suckers on a blind cast while fishing for brown trout.  A little luck when fishing never hurts.  Add the first new species for 2023!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Matt

    Congrats on the sucker! That is crazy.

  2. Jeff

    Thanks Matt. Pretty stoked!

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!