Re: NANFA-- willows and maybe cattails

Bob Culler (
Tue, 07 Jan 2003 20:46:37 -0500

At 05:14 PM 1/7/03 -0500, you wrote:
>I'm surprised that the consensus on the palatability of stonerollers is so
>negative. In the eastern Tennessee hill counties like Washington and
>Johnson, the local people usually consider stoneroller to be good and
>bitterly resent trout stocking programs because they view trout as
>inferior to stoneroller. They call stonerollers "hornyhead" because of the
>nuptial males' appearance. Of course, they prefer to eat large
>individuals, and the fish come from cold, clear highland streams.

Actually, I think there may be some confusion due to the common name. There
is another "hornyhead", AKA river chub. I have eaten them, but never
stonerollers. River chubs are pretty tasty, as I recall.

Ranger Bob
Kingsport, TN
"The power of humans to degrade the natural world is awesome; the
capability to reconstitute it later is mythical."
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