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Re: NFC: Dry spell ended

sounds like fun...Ill be in Joplin in a few months perhaps we can collect

On Fri, 22 Feb 2002 16:13:18 -0800 (PST) BILL HOPPE
<zzzzzzbill at yahoo_com> writes:
>     Since I had a bit of a health problem several
> months ago I haven't been collecting but today was so
> nice and I had to go to town for some groceries . I
> tossed a dip net and a minnow trap in back of the old
> pu and made a stop at Sugar Loaf Creek . Water is
> higher than it is in late spring and summer so the
> creek is 3 or 4 times wider . Normally later in the
> year the first thing you notice is schools of minnows
> all over and darters hopping about . Not a sign of
> movement now . the water is deeper and the current is
> faster . My side of the creek always is the deepest
> and the far side shallower . I wadded in with only
> knee boots . I tried to pick my way across in the
> shallowest spots but the water splashed over the tops
> of the knee boots anyhow . Oh well I didn't need to be
> careful any more . Wet is wet . When that winter creek
> water gets next to your hide you come to full
> alertness . I started working the kick net as I
> crossed the creek t words shallow water . Nothin at
> all turned up in the net . In the summer I would find
> or see lots of young 1-2 inch banded sculpins on the
> bottom . When I did get to the shallow water on the
> other side I started looking for piles of larger rocks
> where darters might be on the down side out of the
> current . They were there and I netted seven rainbows
> not fully colored up but nice . Then on the last try I
> kicked over a pile of larger rocks , looked in the net
> and thought I had a big bullfrog tadpole . Was about
> to turn it out of the net when I noticed the black
> bands and took a closer look . Obviously a mama
> sculpin with a well rounded belly .This was far larger
> than the young sculpins from this area in the summer.I
> had seen lots of big sculpins downstream in deeper
> water . They are upstream now spawning . I had spent
> y alloted 15 minutes . Time to get the groceries .By
> the way this sculpin had intensified coloring . This
> is normal in the dark .For instance if you have a
> sculpin in a cooler and open the top they will often
> be green with very black bands but the green fades as
> does the black in bright lite . I feel content having
> been out collecting again after a log dry spell . Now
> I can stand to read others collecting stories again .
> Been home for half an hour . Have a nice day . I did .
> =====
> Bill Hoppe
> Yellville Arkansas
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