Official 2013 Kentucky after convention discussion
Posted 06 May 2013 - 12:27 PM
Special thanks to the following individuals:
Michael Wolfe for always being there when Josh and I needed extra help.
Casper Cox for taking a rough idea and turning it into a great T-shirt
Dave Neely for doing the the great artwork on the Kentucky Arrow Darter that appears on the shirt.
Phil Nixon for running a great auction.
Tom Watson for keeping track of the auction, and taking our money.
Matt Thomas (state ichthyologist) and his assistant Stephanie Brandt for all of their help.
Mike lucas, and Alejandro for helping us set up prior to the convention.
Uland Thomas for his photo tank build, and leading the wettest trip.
All of our speakers, which I do not have their names in front of me now (Josh please add below)
Anyone and everyone who donated to the auction.
A big thanks to Amanda Bray and her very friendly staff at the Dupont lodge for working with us, and taking care of anything we needed. They truly were great.
I am sure I have forgotten a few individuals, so feel free to refresh my memory.
So let's get on with it.Lets hear those reports, see those fish lists, photos, stories, and tall tales!
Posted 07 May 2013 - 06:02 AM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:53 AM
These meetings remind me of why NANFA is important to me. Obviously, I support the grants and the mission of NANFA, but it's the opportunity to hang out with other like-minded folks for a couple of days that really makes it worth it.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:15 AM
#1. To Amanda Bray and ALL the staff at the Cumberland Falls DuPont Lodge. They were all terrific. I have never organized an event like this, but I can say that this staff is top notch. They were extremely accommodating to us and any need/want we had.
#2. To all the people who helped organize. Though Matt and I were the hosts, we had a ton of help. Michael, Casper, Dave, Tom, the rest of the BOD thank you.
#3. To everyone who brought something for the auction.........wow, what an auction. So many members brought items, no to mention all the items from corporations. Phil, a great job again
#4. Our guest speakers:
Kathlina Alford from the TNACI - Brook Trout Propagation
Matt Thomas from the KDFWR - Fishes of Buck Creek KY
Fritz & Konrad - AC
The Park Ranger from Cumberland Falls (I didn't get his name) - History of Cumberland Falls
J.R. Shute from CFI - Kentucky Arrow Darter
Brooke Washburn from Morehead State University - Movement of Percina Stictogaster
Michael Hensley from The Kentucky Nature Conservancy - Green River Project
David Cravens and his Crew from The Kentucky Center for Mollusk Conservation
Last but not least, Brian Zimmerman - Captive Propagation
We certainly feel blessed to have such a wide array of speakers that ALL did a fantastic job.
#5. Uland Thomas for the photo tank build and leading the West trip.
There are a lot of people that helped in many different ways. Thanks to all of you who helped. Most of all, THANK YOU, to all of you who came. The NANFA convention is nothing without it's people.
On a personal note, I am very pleased with this years convention. The weather wasn't perfect, but it wasn't terrible on Saturday. I think all trips went very well. The sites were great and we all got to see some amazing fish. Unfortunately, Sunday was almost a wash, even though 6-7 of us got out there and finally saw the Striped Darter! The presentations were great, and the location was fantastic. I most enjoyed just getting to hang out with with everyone, even if that meant we didn't go to bed until 2am! I also enjoyed catching more species than Fritz!
Again, thank you to everyone who helped out and who came to the convention!
Edited by jblaylock, 07 May 2013 - 09:45 AM.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:26 AM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:31 PM
Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:34 AM
I learned a lot, and my fish are doing awesome! Overall a great success.
Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:16 AM
Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:14 PM
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Kentucky Arrow Darter male. Sorry about the composition, he was extremely skittish.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:30 PM
There might be a hint of blue in that anal fin.
Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:34 PM
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:12 PM
Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:25 PM
I'm glad you got some Arrow Darter shots Bryce. Those are really nice! Makes me wish I would have gotten in the water there.
Edited by IsaacSzabo, 08 May 2013 - 10:26 PM.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:30 AM
Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:49 AM
Sid Arnold (Ottawa, Canada)
Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:56 AM
Posted 10 May 2013 - 04:31 PM
On a sad note: I only wanted a few darters, and unfortunately my truck broke down in the middle of know where so I lost them.
I will have to go back sometime.
Other than the bad luck on the way home, it was a lot of fun, great fish & people.
I was amazed at the colors in the multitude of darters Kentucky has to offer.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:37 PM
Use them for rags or whatever they'll be too large for me soon anyway....I hope.
Just wanted to say what a great event this was and I had a lot of fun (and got wet bigtime both Saturday and Sunday). I believe I was the only Canadian attending. Josh and Matt did a superb job organizing this and hats off to them and all the other helping hands. Wish I could have brought fish back but the photos will suffice. Mike from New York I have the spare clothing you left in my rental car after the Sunday expedition. All the best to everyone.
Sid Arnold (Ottawa, Canada)
Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:46 PM
Dryland Fish, Wetwater Fish, the dazzling colors of Blackside Dace in a mountain stream, a few new Darters, more faces... new and renewed, a CFI talk and tour, a Merry Fishmas Tree, a Folk Art Blue Sparkled Chub, Bondhus Books, sharing the Original Recipe at Sander's Cafe with a Canadian, a 3rd Redbuds in Bloom Spring, comfortable lodging in precariously perched cottages, our appropiate and peacefully nested meeting hall, a dining room view overlooking the winding Cumberland River far below, a historical postcard tour of the falls when it only cost 14 cents but now is free, Bourbon soaked Cherries dipped in dark chocolate, Blue Monday creamy candy bars, refreshing Ale8, long days and late nights, fishy photos and videos viewed from laptops, cameras and flash drives, winding drives through green rustic Kentucky alongside flowing waters flush with fish.
There were some disappointments as there were no Turtle Man sightings, Saturday rains precluding our Sunday Snorkel, the Whitley County Jail bond, bail and jump tour was closed, retrieving britches from snarling, crippled dogs and 3 fish short of netting the most species for the unstated competition which according to Matt we won anyway!
My adventure ended Thursday with Rainbow Shiners in Alabama and Tennessee Dace the day before. For another i know the adventure continues southward.
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