NANFA-- Stream comeback

Irate Mormon (
Wed, 24 Sep 2003 13:02:25 -0500

I don't think I've mentioned it so far, but except for the one day I was able to attend the Huntsville convention, I haven't been out
collecting this year. At all. But I have walked up and down the banks of the little stream that runs though my property. Due to the
fact that we have had a lot of rain this year, I have been happy to see that the stream is flowing again. For the previous two years, at
least, it has been dry. Not long after I moved to Mississippi I caught redfin darters in there - and that's when I REALLY got the fever
to get out into my local streams. Hmm, that was 7 years ago - tempo fugit! Anyway, I was curious today to see if the darters were
back. They are. And something else - there are Elassoma. A LOT of Elassoma. In the same net with the redfins! Snagged a
pirate perch too. I did not see any Cyprinids today, but I did see some Erimyzon a few weeks ago on one of my walks. And of
course the usual cast of Centrarchids. It still fascinated me how a stream can be totally dead one year and full of life the next.
Anyway, I released all the fish so they can spawn this Spring :-)



The people in the village were real poor, so none of the children had any toys. But 
this one little boy had gotten an old enema bag and filled it with rocks, and he 
would go around and whap the other children across the face with it. Man, I think 
my heart almost broke. Later the boy came up and offered to give me the toy. This 
was too much! I reached out my hand, but then he ran away. I chased him down 
and took the enema bag. He cried a little, but that's the way of these people.
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