Re: NANFA-- BigSouthFork report...very long!
Tue, 3 Jul 2001 19:25:14 EDT

In a message dated 7/3/01 4:59:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

<< ello to all those interested...
This is an account of my 3 days wandering up highway 27 of which one day was
spent with fellow NANFA members near Big South Fork...

This is the spotfin chubb ive always wanted to see...and was featured on the
cover of the Tennessee Aquarium's Riverwatch Quarterly a few years back. Its
new common
name must be the Turquoise Shiner? >>

Most folks still use spotfin included. But aren't they a fabulus


Nope, don't know where you might have heard Conasauga. We're restoring them
in Abrams Cr. and have plans for the Tellico R. in the very near future.
Ultimately, we hope Shoal Cr. in AL as well, but these will be from a
different stock.

<<That is a different river system. Were they found there as well?>>


<<The water did not appear clear in the early sunlight and the visibility
was only about 2 feet.>>

That's too bad. I was afraid all of the rain we've had would screw things up

<<Promising great visions beyond we loaded up for a 4 vehicle caravan to
Wionna... higher up and clearer water to be promised. J.R. had told me of
this place and it was only 30 or 45 minutes away. And thus began the great
saturday trek of disappointment! >>

Hey, I never promised you a rose garden! Unfortunately, the New is pretty
screwed up, but last time we were there (3-4 yrs ago) collecting was pretty
good. Ashy darters were almost common there!
<< Sunday morning i woke to church bells, breakfast at Angies and a trip back
the Obed Ranger Station. A beautiful rangerette named Kim was womanning the
station. Cheerful and with knowledge she showed me a tank in the center of
the center filled with shiners and darters. Emerald, Blue Breast, Ashy,
Greenside, Speckled... Hog Sucker, Buffalo... Rosy Fins. sand? shiners. A
very nice tank put together and maintained by a Ranger Rob who was on
vacation. Kim feed them some typical fish flakes and we enjoyed the frenzy
activity. That was cool, i like seeing a ranger(s) that really goes all out
in their work and it showed with Rob's tank and her interest, knowledge and
enthusiasm. Frozen blood worms kept the darters healthy. >>

Glad this tank was doing well. We helped them get the fish and offered
advice, but never really followed up. All too often these things end in
disaster. I'm really glad to hear this is an exception!

Sounds like you had fun despite the so-so condition of the BSF! Come up there
with us to Station Camp when the water's good. You won't believe how nice it
can be!


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