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Re: NFC: Dry spell ended
I sure hope so Robert .
--- robert a rice <robertrice at juno_com> wrote:
> 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
> > nice and I had to go to town for some groceries .
> > tossed a dip net and a minnow trap in back of the
> > 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
> > year the first thing you notice is schools of
> > all over and darters hopping about . Not a sign of
> > movement now . the water is deeper and the current
> > faster . My side of the creek always is the
> > 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
> > of the knee boots anyhow . Oh well I didn't need
> to be
> > careful any more . Wet is wet . When that winter
> > 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
> > all turned up in the net . In the summer I would
> > or see lots of young 1-2 inch banded sculpins on
> > bottom . When I did get to the shallow water on
> > other side I started looking for piles of larger
> > where darters might be on the down side out of the
> > current . They were there and I netted seven
> > not fully colored up but nice . Then on the last
> try I
> > kicked over a pile of larger rocks , looked in the
> > and thought I had a big bullfrog tadpole . Was
> > 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
> > than the young sculpins from this area in the
> > had seen lots of big sculpins downstream in deeper
> > water . They are upstream now spawning . I had
> > y alloted 15 minutes . Time to get the groceries
> > the way this sculpin had intensified coloring .
> > is normal in the dark .For instance if you have a
> > sculpin in a cooler and open the top they will
> > be green with very black bands but the green fades
> > does the black in bright lite . I feel content
> > been out collecting again after a log dry spell .
> > 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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