Re: NANFA-L-- Get your sunglasses out and spring dreams
Fri, 6 Jan 2006 15:25:20 EST

saffrons are another of those tn / rainbow shiner types.
a blaze of glory.
seen those in the tellico a very few times... lots in the little pigeon...
and some springish tribs up that way ( knoxville ). a most excellent
snorkeling site.

as for possible trips i have been looking for inviting private property
along the lower stretchs of the conasauga ( near 411 ) to group camp on... a
small nanfa fishhead 2 or 3 day camp.
however there is public camping about a 30 minute winding drive up the
mountain but it can get fullish and busy. often i would park there and hike about
a mile downstream to a neat gravel bar for personal camping. the stirred
water has had time to settle from all the shuffling waders upstream and is more
"virgin" w/ lush growths of river moss carpeting the boulders. awesome
panaroma. a long run of riffles, pools and rapids bracketed by 2 deep pools where
river cooters and drum lurk.

for first time snorkelers it is hard to beat the conasauga in july and
august. the temps are bareskin comfortable, water usually clear and many fish are
still colored up ( bama and tricolors jump to mind. ) lots of nifty darters
too. ( never seen the reclusive amber darter ). still love to see those riffle
minnow pods.

being the nanfa convention is late in the season ( september ) we need some
southeast volunteers to organize some se trips and camps this coming
season... say one a month. ive really enjoyed the sipsey which bruce has organized a
couple times. steve, martin, chip, ranger bob and stott have all hosted
really fun small trips.

with enough interest i would organize a conasauga or another seinerama ( tn
/ sequatchie rivers )

good fun.

brrr cold and dreaming of warm.
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