Re: NANFA-L-- first snorkel of 2006

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 05 May 2006 16:02:20 -0400

And for those of you anxious to snorkel in clear water, I'd like to remind
everyone that I'm hosting a weekend trip to the Sipsey Fork/Borden Creek
system in the Bankhead National Forest area of north 'bama the weend of
Saturday, June 24. I can just about guarantee that these waters will be
clear and pleasant for observing the local fishes. Contact me off-line if
you need more information (such as I have) or directions.

--Bruce Stallsmith
the clearing Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: matt ashton <>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- first snorkel of 2006
>Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 12:55:14 -0700 (PDT)
>When I was sampling several river miles upstream of Casper-in-the end of
>last summer I found it to be much more silted. Any kicking motion that
>disturbed the substrate immediately caused a plume of mud that made
>visibility go to zero. It was worse between an area just into GA that you
>can see on a topo map has a treatment pond and a few gas line clearings and
>just below the mill dam-in-about RM 19. Right in the middle was some
>pretty large upscale housing/golf course development.
> I would have settled for 2-3 ft vis there any time. I should have
>attempted some more snorkeling in those stretches during the low water last
>June but the vis never really was great enough to effectively snorkel. I
>really think it, and many other streams in that area, are one of those
>things you have to catch a few days after a nice rain right before it
>bottoms out and begins to green up with nutrients before the next big rain.
>At least my big regulated rivers are nice and clear to snorkel :-)
> Matt
> TN Tech U
> Cookeville, TN
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