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#21 Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe
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  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:29 PM

I'm famous in MO!
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

#22 mattknepley

mattknepley
  • NANFA Member
  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:22 AM

Great work, Casper!

Looks like Michael is gonna have to be the featured model in the upcoming "Studs of NANFA" calendar...
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#23 Chasmodes

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  • NANFA Member
  • Central Maryland

Posted 17 August 2017 - 09:20 AM

Sweet!!!!!


Kevin Wilson


#24 Isaac Szabo

Isaac Szabo
  • NANFA Member
  • The Ozarks

Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:53 AM

Cool. Nicely done, Casper.



#25 Casper

Casper
  • NANFA Fellow
  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 02 October 2017 - 09:46 AM

Day 5 Gravel Bar Boil
 
That morning we rendezvoused at the Visitor Center and took a quick tour as folks gathered.  Lots of history, displays and quite a few photos of my hero's work, Dr. Roston, the grandfather of freshwater photography.
The day before Michael and i had come up with a plan to hike a spring run all the way to the river, checking out different pools of clear spring water for unique species.  But later that evening several people expressed the desire to tag along on the adventure.  That site did not offer conditions for a mass movement of humanity so to be fair we lead the snorkel group back to Indian Creek, the beautiful site from the day before.  Convenient, plenty of thrashing feets and elbow room, clear water, spawning fish and good parking for all, eventually becoming a 5 or 7 vehicle caravan.  Upon arrival, and again driving through the purple hued tree bracketed entry way Cyan, Michael and i parked and hotfooted upstream to the Bleeding Shiner site and spent the first early morning hour enjoying it.  As the others slowly meandered about eventually working their ways upstream i advanced even further scouting for more sites and was pleased to observe several active Rock Bass nests near a log jam.  I was almost to the bridge when i saw Josh beelining towards me and upon arrival told me the local Sheriff had evicted our clan of river snorkelers.  I didn't fret none too much and slow walked back snorkeling here and there as the time was almost our designated departure time anyway.  The color purple is not a nice color in MO land and the 2 bracketing trees were marked with long faded paint.  I thought about returning with a fresh coat of blue paint and marking the trees "FREE RIVER PARKING".
 
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Harvest at the weir.
 
 
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Dr. Roston's nearly famous photo.
 
 
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Cyan amongst the Shiners and Minnows.
 
 
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The Bleeders were going strong in the cooler morning hours, Ozark minnows by their sides.  As the morning warmed the activity seemed to diminish.
 
 
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This was a great nest i wish the Sheriff had not pulled me from. Rock Bass i think as opposed to Ozarks. Shadows to my south at home.
 
 
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After leaving Indian Creek we had enough time to check out the spring run again.  Being already wet it was an easy dip and dunk for a few minutes.  Much colder than the Indian though.
 
 
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64 brrrr.
 
 
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Orangethroat in the chill.
 
 
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Southern Redbellies too, and Creek Chubs.  Crayfish.  It would have been a fun adventure to do that snorkel walkabout.
 
 
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Our vantage point looking up to the culverts.
 
 
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Close by were these furnace ruins.
 
 
 
The Gravel Bar Boil was awesome.  I have included several pictures of attending folks on the forum under "Fishheads of Missouri" located here...
 
 
 
 
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Getting there via Jet Boat, a high speed, up river run.  Hold on!
 
 
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Cyan and Michael made the float down from upriver.  I rested my behind and waited in the cool shade.  I heard they made a great team.  Thank you Michael. :)
 
 
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Iowa Scott caught him a high falutin' Yankee Studfish.
 
 
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Michigan Bob came with a Meramec.
 
 
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Gravel bar sprawlers dining on corn, taters, shrimps, sausages, pies, cakes and cookies..
 
 
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After the feeding i urged Bob to assemble the group for one massive photo as the sun lowered and just before the canoes and boats departed.
 
What a wonderful day it was!
 
 
 
 
 

Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#26 Chasmodes

Chasmodes
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  • Central Maryland

Posted 02 October 2017 - 10:44 AM

Great report and photos again Casper!  Thanks for sharing.


Kevin Wilson


#27 Isaac Szabo

Isaac Szabo
  • NANFA Member
  • The Ozarks

Posted 03 October 2017 - 05:43 PM

Nice photos. That was a fun day.



#28 mattknepley

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  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 04 October 2017 - 06:01 AM

Nice group shot! I admire the patience of those who wrangled us all together for it. I won't say it was like herding cats, but not far off!
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#29 Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe
  • Board of Directors
  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 04 October 2017 - 12:27 PM

Nice group shot! I admire the patience of those who wrangled us all together for it. I won't say it was like herding cats, but not far off!


Herding redhorse?
Herding buffalos?
Herding stonerollers?
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

#30 mattknepley

mattknepley
  • NANFA Member
  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 06 October 2017 - 04:20 PM

All I know is it was a good thing we were stuffed to capacity with some quality eats or we would've scattered...
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#31 Casper

Casper
  • NANFA Fellow
  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:04 PM

I discovered a product embracing 2 of Chattanooga's cultural culinary icons recently.

 

Being appreciative of their 2 case baked fresh pie donations to NANFA over the years i delivered a carton, waffle cones and a scoop to the Moon Pie Lady at the Chattanooga Bakery this Halloween morning.

 

Surprisingly most of them had not tried it.

 

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Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#32 Casper

Casper
  • NANFA Fellow
  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:27 PM

Day 6 Talks
 
Bob had found a nice meeting room for us complete with a kitchen, room to stretch and storage areas.  It was located at the end of a dead end road next to the state park's "hotel" that many attendees stayed at.
I will let others relay the various talks but i enjoyed all of them.  Cyan and i sat in the back of the room hawking NANFA goods while Olaf sat next to us promoting his wonderful NANFA Missouri shirts. ( Some sizes still available at NANFA's store, www.nanfa.org. )
Later on they brought in and spread out an excellent banquet dinner and even later the auction concluded.  My item of regret is not winning the metal sculpted darter fish seen on the table corner, created with fire by Bob's son Chris.
I heard the auction was a big success financially.
We appreciated all the different speakers throughout the day and the dinner cooks and auction folks late into the night.
I was worn out after 3 or 4 days of snorkeling and to bed early i went.
 
 
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Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.



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