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Conasauga River 2017


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#1 Casper

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

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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"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#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 ;)


Kevin Wilson


#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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#8 Casper

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 06:13 PM

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A few photos from the first 2 outing of season 2018.

2 scout troops, 2 days.

 

 

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Listening to safety concerns.

 

 

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Geared up.

 

 

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Turtle talk.

 

 

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Blue Shiner.

 

 

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Tricolor Shiner.

 

 

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Loggie, Mobile.

 

 

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Slow go.  More snails as the Drum did not return in mass.

 

 

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Lots of Quartz Veins in this boulder.

 

 

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Sill not ready to pick and put in your pocket.

 

 

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Graffiti of minimal note.

 

 

 

 

 


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

#9 Casper

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 06:26 PM

Our GA Convention host J. Davis brought a group of his Young Harris students to the Conasauga River.  They arrived about noon so i brought Connie along to make it a full day.

 

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The professor and youngsters from Young Harris.

 

 

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We checked out the plunge pools downstream of the snorkel hole and took a few turns diving the 10 or 12 feet deep.

 

 

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Gotta watch for ear aches when you go deep.

 

 

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Wolf on the bank.

 

 

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After the students left i wanted Connie to see the late Summer beauty of the forest so we took a long slow drive.

That is Ironweed, the purple, such a rich contrast to the yellows of the field.

 

 

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Wet areas are favored by the velvety red Cardinal Flower.

 

 

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A nice flutterfly on the Joe Pye.

 

 

 

 

 


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

#10 Casper

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 07:07 PM

My last group for 2018.  So many sessions got rained out and in addition a 3 in a row classes of middle schoolers were cancelled because they were too wee tiny for our wetsuits.

:(

I had planned on camping for the 2 nights of the 3 days they would be in the river.  Bonus time for me which is always valued and offers extended adventures, walks, wanders, night sounds and night snorkels.

 

This group, my 5th and last, was my favorite, an attentive group of wide eyed home students with 4 of their Moms along.  Everyone was happy, excited and enjoyed the day fully.  Amanda, Hollie and i stayed an extra hour giving them bonus time on such a beautiful blue sky day.

 

 

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The fella on the left is a new snorkel friend who drove down from Knoxville.  Bradley is a fishy student at UTK, I met him at an Optimist Club meeting a few weeks back.  If you frown you must leave.

 

 

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We finally found a couple Musk Turtles whom never smell musky.  So very cute.  Years ago i would see maybe 50 each day.  Only a few nowadays.  Hum.

 

 

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The crayfish were out with minimal concerns.  Many were just going about their business, crawling in the open.  Maybe because the Drum are gone?

 

 

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Some of the girls were diving down trying to get the nerve to recapture a Stripeneck.  I had them hold on for a moment.  What a great group of youngsters and Moms today.

 

 

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This guy lost an eye.

 

 

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An odd bug i do not know we encountered while gently moving stones.

 

 

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Bradley provided a nice shot of the ever scurring Stone Fly.

 

 

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I never get tired of observing those Bama Hogs with their orange pectorials.

 

 

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Mr. Holiday offered several close poses.

 

 

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Interesting view.  Fresh beaver activity upstream, green leaved branches scattered about.  Plenty of gnawed clean, white Beaver sticks too.  They make great pointing sticks when snorkeling.

 

 

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Ripples.

 

 

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Mysteries.

 

 

Another great year.  My 9th.  I'm glad i got to the Conasauga a few more times beyond the CNF 5 with Tim's micro fish camp, Mushroom walks and the Young Harris students.

 

 

 


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

#11 Chasmodes

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 09:26 AM

Great report and pics Casper!  Thanks again for sharing! I always look forward to your reports.


Kevin Wilson




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