Re: NANFA-- backyard creek
Wed, 11 Apr 2001 20:16:20 EDT

<<There were a few surpises though -
I also caught the largest gammarus I'd ever seen. Extended, they are 1/2" long. Most gammarus I have ever seen before are about 1/2 that size at best.

Other cathes included crayfish, a bullfrog tadpole and a 3-legged 1" salamander with gills (I called them mudpuppies as a child).>>

Geoff, every once in awhile, I catch some larger than normal gammarus; usually out of cold, clear water with ample water plants. Were there no water plants in your small stream? I've had descent luck keeping them alive all through the winter, but not much luck at reproduction, which is a shame as all of my fish enjoy eating them. And don't worry about your collecting trip not being very elaborate; most of us enjoy reading of others' exploits when we can't get out ourselves.

Bruce Scott
Meridian, Idaho

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