Regardless, I was fishing the South Saskatchewan, just downstream of the weir in Saskatoon. The only way I fish there is with a full sink line and a short tapered (7 ft) leader; it will result in a lot of snags but that's a risk you'll have to take. Any light coloured leech pattern of minnow will get you fish, as long as you fish it slowly (4-6 inch strip retrieve). Too bad you don't live close by, otherwise I would have taken you along. Thanks for the info. The South Saskatchewan is definitely on my "to do list". Actually, I'll be in Saskatoon for a day near the end of the month, and I may stop by at the river if I get the chance. You would be correct in that bigmouth buffalo are less common in regards to their current population status, but difficulty in catching them versus quillback is another thing. Given even populations, the buffalo would be easier to catch. A river can have a very high population of quillback, but they will still rarely be seen because of the difficulty in catching them. I don't know of anybody who knows how to consistently catch quillback. Buffalo are a rarity because their population are not in good numbers. However, I do know of specific spots in Manitoba where buffalo can be targeted and regularly caught because their populations are in decent shape in these locations. If one is able to sight fish them with a fly (much like carp), they will take. Quillback just provide frustration. The two of them are definitely the toughest though.