Conservation Fisheries Inc. in the news
Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:11 PM
Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:33 AM
There was also a short article in National Geographic a year or 2 ago accompanied by some very lackluster photos. We have several photographers in our midst that have provided stunning in situ images that will blow your mind, open wide the pearly gates. We should be providing the images for any future North American native fishes national geo article!
The gathering is this weekend, a nice opportunity to meet and contribute to native fishes and the folks that appreciate them.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:00 PM
The day started with a misty blue sky, wooded walks and fungi, progressed to cool swims and fast snorkels, laughter and chatter, distant rumbling, pouring rain, grilled chicken with all the fixings, returning sunshine, muscadine mead, Knoxville brew, high bids, happy faces and music well into the night.
Much thanks to Steve and Annie for hosting this CFI gathering of friends and supporters at their wonderful cliff home overlooking Whites Creek.
Bryce, designer of the CFI logo, holding a Percina jenkinsi mosaicus, aka Conasauga stepping stone Logperch.
The rugged decent to the gathering site of snorkeling swimmers.
Whites Creek flowing high and fast. Ironweed and threaded rod to hold the banks steady.
Swimmers and snorkelers aplenty.
A happy snorkeler wading upstream for a fast ride downstream. Folks at the end of the run would catch bobbing children, dog paddling dogs and eventually rescue a grabbling fat man.
Jim "Red" Herrig hunting Tangerines. Though visibility was limited we saw a lot of fish in a lot of water. Plenty of high mode Whitetails, Warpaints and various minnows, Bass and a Redbreast Sunny watching his nest, Logperch, Greensides and a captured Wounded but my desire is to return when the water is low, slow and clear. It is an awesome site and i would bet one could count to 30 on a good day of observing.
Looking upstream, a collage of a few of the sightings, a spider, an unknown orchid and its leaf set against a big boulder balanced on a trio of rocks. I am sure the creek has raged and rearranged the stones a few times in the last 100 years.
Fisher spider, waiting at the edge of the high water. I have seen these run into a seine and take possession of a minnow.
Gathered under the Kiddie Pool, rain was falling fast and plates were soon soggy if you ate too slow. Jim better watch out, hungry diner to his right.
Folks under the awning, along the eaves and packed in the house but still enjoying the provided fare.
Sunshine returning, just beyond the ridgeline, a rainbow was somewhere close by.
Auction announcement and Rockwood police report, do not drink and drive! Tarps available for overnight stays.
Steve Fraley, NC's ichthyologist sporting the lips of Redhorse. We share recipes and fetching techniques be it spear, hook or shocker. Steve has horse lip decals adorning the bow of his boat, a veteran of many shock runs.
Pat wearing proudly his mint condition 2003 Barrens Topminnow shirt. This was the fish that launched his career as co-founder of CFI.
A snuggable Lake Sturgeon modeled by our Mead provider and CFI host from several years back. The high bid took the Sturgeon home leaving the Mrs with her mate. Tangerine peeking beyond.
Laurel Dace attired and TVA Native Peggy Shute, happy winner of the mosaic ConaLoggie with sneaky Pat and hubby JR. Pat tried to scribble and raise the last bid by 50 cents, just 15 seconds prior to the final bell. Fortunately, folks concerned cried "Foul!" preventing a ruckus. Along with these items there were photo prints of Buffalo and Tangerines from Jeremy and Dave of Freshwaters Illustrated, signed copies of Joel Sartore's book, Red Herring's wine, a fresh blueberry pie, absinthe, wading boots and assorted goodies.
A great time, even when the water was not Casper Clear. About 100 folks attended, more donations offered and monies raised for the work we should all support, those among us who appreciate our North American Native Fishes.
Visit & Support.
Edited by Casper, 22 July 2012 - 06:55 PM.
Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:21 PM
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 12:35 PM
Unsure of my attendance but my co guide Ed Scott will be there as possibly Jeremy Monroe from the Hidden Rivers video. Lots of fun people, a great time, and with the minimal rain excellent clarity i suspect. 2 til 9, dinner, music, auction. $25.
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