Friday, June 6, 2014

2014 NANFA convention part 3 - New drainage

Friday was our first full day in North Carolina. I had intentionally planned the days according to drainage, with the French Broad being on Thursday, the New on Friday, and the Catawba on Saturday. Greenwood and I hit the road early, arriving at the South Fork New River a little after sunrise. This spot was right in town and had a nice place to park. Bigmouth and bluehead chubs were the dominant species here, and we were glad to see them colored up with tubercles!

Bigmouth Chub (Nocomis platyrhynchus) - new hook & line species #228

Bluehead Chub (Nocomis leptocephalus)

Chub (Nocomis sp.) - didn't bother trying to ID without tubercles

Northern Hogsucker (Hypentelium nigricans)

Further north we fished a small creek near the border between North Carolina and Virginia.  We caught a nice variety of smaller fish here.

Mountain Redbelly Dace (Chrosomus oreas)

"Tennessee / New River" Fantail Darter (Etheostoma flabellare ssp.)

Redlip Shiner (Notropis chiliticus) - new hook & line species #229

Redlip Shiner (Notropis chiliticus) - gravid female

Our last New River drainage stop for the day was Big Laurel Creek.  This spot was very good to both of us.  Greenwood and I each got several lifers here in a short amount of time.

New River Shiner (Notropis scabriceps) - new hook & line species #230

Kanawha Rosyface Shiner (Notropis sp.) - new hook & line species #231

Rosyside Dace (Clinostomus funduloides)

Tonguetied Minnow (Exoglossum laurae) - new hook & line species #232

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