After chasing another snake, we took off to rendezvous with Casper way
upstream at a ford across the Estil fork on Jackson County Road 175. Casper
was snorkeling as we arrived, and we realized this was THE place. A seine
netting below the ford in a chest-deep hole brought up Tennessee Shiners,
another Notropis sp., and the omnipresent silversides. The Tennessees are
amazing in their breeding colors. The shallower riffles yielded 7 different
darter species, including Greenside, Rainbow and Snubnose (and Black too? I
gotta look closer.). We found two species of Fundulus here, olivaceus as
before and also catenatus; my first viewing of the latter in Alabama. I let
a bunch of small sculpins go. We didn't find any madtoms, although Casper
suggested we come back and snorkel after dark for even better "viewing".
I brought home a bucket load of fish from this site, all of whom survived to
be introduced into my growing native community tank in a teaching lab at the
University of Alabama in Huntsville. They joined my Fundulus notti & F.
chrysotus. Now it's hopping with shiners and darters, too.
Maybe we should formally start a Tennessee Valley NANFA chapter, since this
interesting region stretches across northern Alabama, eastern Tennessee,
north Georgia, and western North Carolina and Virginia. But that's a detail
> > You bet. I'm just below you at the Bell's Ferry exit, so we'll go when
> > you're ready.
> > Steven
>Hi Steve and list
>I don't have much equipment yet beside some minnows traps and a 6 foot cast
>net.Do you have a seine,i really would like to learn how to use one.
>I also have snorkeling stuff somewhere in the closet.That's fun too.
>I am currently getting my first house built with a huge basement for you
>know what.i can't wait.Right now i can't bring much home unfortunately but
>this will change in late summer.
>Currently have only one small 10 gallon native tank with a Green Sunfish in
>it.I also have a 55 GA Malawis and a 20GA with a Koi and a Weather loach in
>Best regards to the list
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