I like the July window better than September. By then I'll need a refresher
course on throwing the cast net. It sure looks a lot easier when YOU do it!
Steven A. Ellis
>Casper and all,
>Unfortunately, I think all my weekends are booked through at least the end
>of June. July is pretty dang hot. August is the 2002 NANFA National
>Meeting. I'm willing to shoot for sometime in July if anybody is
>interested. Should be good snorkeling (low, warm water). Otherwise, I'm
>leaning toward September. Y'all let me know offlist.
>The park Casper mentioned is Bays Mountain Park, where I am a ranger. We
>have a fairly new freshwater exhibit, amongst many other things.
>As for collecting, most of mine is actually in southwest VA, including
>Possum Cr. and Big Moccasin Cr. (tribs of N. Fork Holston River), and
>Copper Cr. and Clinch River. These are the headwaters of the Tennessee
>Valley, so there are quite a few interesting fish to see.
>I have 2 available lodging options, both free. The cabin on Possum Cr. has
>a nice outhouse (good ventilation), running water (in the creek outside the
>front door), electricity (if we bring a half-mile extension cord), and
>comfortable beds (if you think a wood floor is comfortable). Space there is
>kinda limited, maybe 6-8 people if everybody takes a dip in the creek
>before bed (to reduce BO).
>The second option is we could spend the night at the park in one of the
>buildings with indoor plumbing (even a shower) and electricity.
>Let me know which month you might prefer, July or September, and I will set
>a date. If anybody is visiting the Kingsport area, drop me a line. I'll
>give you the nickel tour of the Park, and maybe take you to some of my
>secret fishing spots.
>"Oh we're all part of a big food chain, the big food chain of life.
>You eat things and things eat you, and it works out so nice.
>We're all part of a great big stew and someday you'll discover
>We're born, we live, we die, and we're all food for one another."
>~Mike Cross, "Big Food Chain"
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