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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. 

Creek_Chub_11_7_17.jpg

 

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. 

Rosyside_11_7_17.jpg



#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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  • Catawba Watershed, Waxhaw, 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.





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