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!
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