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Conasauga River 2017


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#1 Casper

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 12:48 PM

I did not post any of my trips this season.  My 8th leading snorkeling trips for the Cherokee National Forest.

However this was passed on to me and some my find it of interest...

 

The Dynamic Darters...

 

http://nrcs.maps.arc...3b7a8fe41dd5bfe


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

#2 ShadetreeIchthyologist

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 01:00 PM

I still want to catch a shadow bass down there. Really interesting read.


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#3 Casper

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 02:29 PM

Stomp on a brush pile. There they be.  I do not see them while snorkeling much, but as twilight descends out they come, a blood red eye watching you.


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

#4 mattknepley

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 06:57 PM

Pretty cool presentation.
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#5 Chasmodes

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 03:28 PM

Nice presentation!  I still would like to see your reports in the future, Casper ;)


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#6 Casper

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:31 PM

My 4th trip for Conasoggy CNF season 2018 just got washed out for tomorrow Saturday 8/11/18.  We have had so many cancellations this year due to ongoing flooding.  The water rose up to the bottom of the sign a couple 3 weeks ago.  The snorkel hole was scoured and Jim tells me the Darters get thrashed and ground up by the tumbling stones.  Big rocks get moved further down stream reformatting the substrate and watery crawl canyons.  Im eager to get back and see the results but the rains keep coming.  I have 3 days in a row scheduled late August and plan on camping if it cools from sweltering to tolerable.  A Chattanooga School returning, 3 groups of middle graders.

 

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Some of the scouts and Halley my new co-assistant and lifeguard.  Imagine the water up to the bottom of the sign panel and flooding reaching the parking lot.  Broken branches stuck high in the trees along the river

 

 

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Some of the boys spotted this watersnake.  A copperhead was seen sunning few weeks before.

 

 

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A new addition to the snorkel hole.  About 4'... i wonder it it is the same 50 incher from a few years back?  My guess is he was probably blasted well downstream.  Snorkel Boss Jim tells me these torrent floods are really hard on fish.

 

 

 


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

#7 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:41 AM

I really dig that water snake photo. 

 

I always figured that floods were challenging for fish, but never really thought about how it affects smaller bottom dwelling species. Makes sense. I imagine it also affects their food supply.


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