NANFA-- Its over ... and other ramblings

Mark Otnes (
Thu, 17 Oct 2002 18:32:54 -0500

We'll summer is a distant memory up here now. We had two inches of snow
overnight with nearby areas getting 6 inches, and now we're in a snow
advisory tonight. We also had snow in early May this year and the trees
didn't fully leaf out until about June. Why is this global warming taking
so darn long! I couldn't imagine spring really beginning in March and
November actually being a fall month! Okay, that's out of my system now!

Fish activity is over up here now, unless I get a dry suit and a chain saw
to cut through the ice. All of my fish from the Chattanooga trip are doing
great, I didn't lose a single one.

I noticed the other night that my Frecklebelly Darter from Kentucky was very
boldly patterned with very dark rectangles along the side. It reminded me
of the picture of the spawning male Bluestripe Darter in The Fishes of
Missouri, except it didn't have any yellow on it. I'm curious if
Frecklebellies also undergo a bold color change while in the act of
spawning. It would be interesting to know.

I guess that's about all I have. Time to switch into winter mode I guess
and dream of next years excursions.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND
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