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#1 littlen

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 04:37 PM

darter_festival_poster.jpg

 

 

This is an old link, but there were at least 2 of these events.....2013 and 2014.  Anyone know anything about this?  I don't recall anyone discussing it on here.  Seems small/local to the Birmingham area.
 
 
 
http://www.al.com/li...ailroad_pa.html


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#2 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 06:41 PM

Looks like fun.
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#3 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 09:24 AM

Yeah, I never heard anybody mention either.  Maybe Bruce will chime in.  He's from Alabama.


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#4 gerald

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 10:44 AM

I wonder what the yellow stuff in the cup is?


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#5 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 02:48 PM

I wonder what the yellow stuff in the cup is?

 

Beer or polluted water....same thing?


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#6 Kanus

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 01:54 PM

 

Beer or polluted water....same thing?

 

 

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#7 mattknepley

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 08:16 PM

Beer or polluted water....same thing?


Depends; are we talking Ten Fiddy (proper beer), or Natty Lite (watered-down fish pee)?

At any rate, I like the realistic-yet-still-arty darter on the ad.
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#8 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 08:44 PM

Depends; are we talking Ten Fiddy (proper beer), or Natty Lite (watered-down fish pee)?

At any rate, I like the realistic-yet-still-arty darter on the ad.

Ask DLV, he's a Natty man

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#9 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 09:23 PM

Yeah, I usually do the watered down fish urine that most call Natty Light. I suspect "Ten Fiddy" is 10.5%? That's a bit too much for my tastes, though I can drink the occasional IPA as long as it has a cool name and label. I collect fish named craft beers. Really love that Sculpin IPA. The beer is okay, but the packaging is what sold me.


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#10 littlen

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 12:46 PM

So what we've gotten from this is.....


"Yes. It is a nicely drawn darter and a festival that no one knows of. Some people like light beer. Some people like heavy beer."

If it eventually makes your face tingle---whether it takes 27 or 5, it's doing its job.

So aside from a festival named after a fish most of us have at the top of our lists, does anyone know anything about the specific fish itself that the festival is held for?
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#11 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 04:42 PM

It looks like "no" Nick. I love it though. May have been very small and not super successful?

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#12 mattknepley

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 04:50 PM

Found this on Google, so it must be true.

http://www.birmingha...Darter_Festival

If there is a 2016 edition (looks like there's been three so far) this is right up NANFA's alley. Something to consider being a part of?

DLV- There does indeed appear to be a fishy craft brew backing this one. Something new for the collection? And fwiw, Ten Fiddy is 10.5% imperial stout sublime heaven...
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#13 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 10:16 PM

So aside from a festival named after a fish most of us have at the top of our lists, does anyone know anything about the specific fish itself that the festival is held for?

 

The Darter Festival creates civic pride by celebrating the Watercress, Vermillion, and Rush Darters. Alabama surpasses all eastern states in plant and animal diversity, ranking fifth in the nation. The Festival will highlight our Darter populations within the Turkey Creek Watershed and the extraordinary gift of Alabama’s biodiversity...


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#14 Casper

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 06:38 PM

Nick whom is tattooed with a common Darter...

 

Years ago several NANFA members converged in Birmingham at Stott Noble's home.  I recall Stephen Ellis, Dave Nelly and maybe Ranger Bob attending.  I wrote a report about it, back in the pre-forum days on the old NANFA list.  Text only.  Maybe someone could track it down.  We had a good time in the field 2 days, stayed up late talking fish.  We grilled wild mushrooms and Stott smoked his Beer Can Chicken.  I slept on the stubby couch with cats running up and down me all night.

 

I snorkeled with the Vermillions, a spring run access, thick vegetation, big creek alongside and low rustic railroad bridge.  CFI was going to work with the Vermillions but last minute regulations got involved.  Current CFI status unknown.

We seined up Watercress Darters at a park site but the creek was very gnarrly with culverts and rubbled trash.

We dipnetted  Rush Darters from a disturbing commercial urban site next to culverts, gravel parking lots and cluttered trash.  Amazing that this site is for a lone specie.

This was pre-camera days.  We were just out exploring new waters.  A NANFA BoD member fussed at us afterwards but Dave had permits so we could legally catch and view the little fellers.  The habitats were all very urban.

 

As for the DarterFest it would be fun to attend but i do not think Stott is active anymore.  Bruce is 2 hours north in Huntsville.  And unless they have a parade with the 3 Darter species as floating fishes i doubt i could be lured to B'Ham just for the beer.  Nice city though.  A fine garden and Vulcan overlooks much of downtown.  Love the poster and always like to see pretty belly dancers... if any of you bothered to look at the TV link report.  The festival did not seem too darter like but surely there are some nice exhibits.

 

What would be cool is to organize an outing on that same weekend at the next DarterFest.  Sounds like a job for an Alabamian fishy representative.


Edited by Casper, 02 November 2015 - 06:41 PM.

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#15 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 08:11 PM

Here's the link to your old email discussion...

http://www.nanfa.org...oct02/0131.html

 

And I thought I heard from Stott on the NANFA facebook or something not too long ago... but you are right, he is not active with NANFA much anymore.


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#16 littlen

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 06:51 AM

Casper, thanks for the summary and write-up.  And thanks, Michael, for finding it.


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#17 Casper

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 05:27 PM

I was a bit wrong... there are a few interesting accounts and perspectives on the NANFA rep site for Bama.  Pictures included.  Stephen Ellis had compiled an account with photos.  2002.  Lots of time for memories to fade.  Fishhead Ellis was a good active NANFA member for a number of years.  I think his life has taken him in other directions since.  I certainly miss his participation.  He was a good writer and travel buddy to share fishy stories.

 

Here is one link.  Four more offer other trip accounts.

 

http://nanfa.org/NAN...haba/cahaba.htm

 

I would think the Darter Festival poster features an artistic melding of all 3 species.  I would assume there are plenty of true photographic images for each on the net for those inclined to Google.

 

We use to Alabama camp on the Little Sipsey near Double Springs.  Those were fun adventures.  And then Bruce hosted the NANFA AL event in 2003 or so.  People fussed at me for putting a dead fish on the back of the convention shirt.  I thought about stapling a live one.  It actually was a cool X-Ray of the extinct Whiteline Topminnow.  Might be a variant of the Barrens Topminnow.


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#18 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 07:27 PM

We use to Alabama camp on the Little Sipsey near Double Springs.  Those were fun adventures.  

 

I don't want to totally change the subject, but that is a very cool location.


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#19 Casper

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 07:53 PM

A tease and a bit of motivation.  I miss those active SE wandering days.  President Bruce and the Stott could provide remedy.

I think we got fussed at by AL lurkering authorites on a last organizational attempt.  I just wanna swim with the fishes... maybe cook an unfortunate Redhorse streamside.

 

If i recall you were the last to visit on your way to camping along the Buffalo.


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#20 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 07:59 PM

yup, the logperch there were very active and friendly... and my camping was remote and comfortable... until the rain got out of hand...


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