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In My Backyard (Charlotte, NC)

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#1 nviole

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  • Congaree/ Lower Saluda River Basins, Columbia, SC

Posted 07 November 2017 - 06:32 PM

Today I set out to try to document the species that live in a small stream in my parent's backyard by micro-fishing. When we first moved to this house, I was 11 years old, and I remembered begging my parents to pick this house because I saw some small fish in the stream when we initially moved in. I remember my parents and neighbors saying, "there's no way there's fish in there," which I'm sure we have all heard a thousand times as micro-fishermen, but I caught fish in here the first time I ever tried fishing and have been catching ever since When I was young, I thought every fish I caught was a "creek fish," except the occasional sunfish that migrates up the stream in the warmer months, but now I want to know what these "minnows" actually are.


This stream is a tributary of Reedy Creek which is in Charlotte, NC and part of the Rocky River and Pee Dee River Basins. 


I hope to just keep adding pictures to it as I identify more species, I know there are several Lepomis species in addition to the Cyprinidae species I am posting today. 


The first fish today was the tried-and-true Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus). These fish introduced me to micro-fishing at 11 years old, before I even knew about the hobby. I have caught them on home-made hooks, small artificials, flies, and just about every insect I could fit onto a micro-hook. 



The second species was the Rosyside Dace (Clinostomus funduloides). These fish love hitting bugs on the surface, and have huge mouths for their size. Not to mention a gorgeous touch of color. Only my second location documenting these guys. 


#2 mattknepley

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  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 07 November 2017 - 06:37 PM

Nice! I love the big honkin' mouths on those Rosysides.
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#3 taldridge0321

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  • Pigeon Watershed, North Carolina

Posted 08 November 2017 - 12:37 PM

Cool catch, I'm from Charlotte, born and raised. If you're interested in a few more species I have a solid location near Southpark for you, maybe a few others.

#4 nviole

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  • Congaree/ Lower Saluda River Basins, Columbia, SC

Posted 02 April 2018 - 05:24 PM

Just caught this beautiful breeding male Tessellated Darter from the backyard creek!


#5 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 05:50 PM

That is cool. Funny as it may seem, I do not see many jacked up johnny darters, common as the are here. I am always tickled when I find them.

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#6 Chasmodes

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  • Central Maryland

Posted 04 April 2018 - 04:10 PM

Very cool.   :D/

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