Please RSVP to Bob Bock (so we know to wait for you if you're coming.)
Please note, that you are responsible for your own personal safety, as well
as the safety of any guests you bring.
Meeting Time and Place:
10:00 am Sunday, at Galyan's In Gaithersburg
The Virginia people can buy 3 and 5 day freshwater licenses here. We can
also get nightcrawlers and size 12 hooks, which we'll need for the longears.
Take 270 North to Sam Eig Hwy West. Proceed for two or three miles, and
make a left at Fields road. Make a left on Field's road, and you will see
the store's back parking lot about 50 yards away. We will meet in the front
of the store. (We aren't allowed to seine at the C&O canal, as this is
National Park property. However, there will be later seining opportunities
at Muddy Branch.)
For a map and driving directions from your location, click on:
Pennyfield Lock, C&O canal. (Page 29 on the ADC Montgomery County street
map). We'll caravan from Galyan's; but in case you need directions, you'd
proceed south on 270 and take 495 towards Northern Virginia. Take the River
Road exit (North) toward Potomac, then turn left at Pennyfield Lock road.
Just so you don't miss it, Pennyfield Lock Road is the next street after
Muddy Branch Creek
Muddy Branch crosses River Road just north of Pennyfield. I haven't
collected here before, but judging from the map, there are access points to
the creek outside the C&O national historical park. (Muddy Branch passes
under the C&O, through a culvert.) According to NANFA's Dave Neely, the
stream has a large diversity of fishes. In addition to fantail darters,
Dave also collected rainbow darters there several years ago. (I don't know
whether we'll find any or not.)
Depending how gung ho we are, we could also stop to seine at Seneca Creek,
North of Pennyfield. This would be an exploratory trip. I don't know the
area that well, and haven't collected there before.
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