NANFA-- Weekend collecting

Roselawn Museum (
Mon, 09 Apr 2001 08:53:57 -0400

I had the pleasure of entertaining Casper Cox and his son Coby from
Chattanooga this weekend. It seems that all of the rainbow shiners they
have at home are female, and they came in search of some males. I just
happen to have a good spot for rainbows nearby. I picked a spot near a
bridge that has a series of pools on either side. The recent rains had
"re-arranged" the creek but we still found a few rainbows, along with
another shiner we couldn't positively ID (telescope shiner, maybe?), some
fudulus stelifer, a sculpin, numerous hogsuckers, creek chubs, and a
variety of sunfish. After working several pools, we dragged the seine the
entire length of the culvert beneath the bridge. When we came out the other
side, we had netted a male rainbow in the most vivid breeding colors I have
ever seen. The red and blue were unbelievable!

Later we went to an area where Noonday Creek, Rube's Creek, and Little
River all come together. This location is usually great, but the rains from
last week had left it swollen, muddy, and difficult to work. We did come up
with some blacktail shiners and what I think are some bullhead minnows.
Good day...great company!

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

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