I had the privilege to spend a week of lifelist fishing with my dad through the Appalachians. We covered Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Wow! What an amazing find of Appalachian treasure I found!
I love the bulbous head of the Bull Chub.
I was able to connect at the farthest southern range of the Fallfish. Several were caught under this obscure little bridge.
Inspecting some of the local mountain streams proved to be fruitful as well. After taking a walk up one shallow, clear water stream looking for new species, I came across this school of Dace spawning on what might have been an old chub nest.
They appeared to have some distinct coloration along their sides but I never thought they would be so handsomely dressed up.
Mountain Redbelly Dace
Spawning along with them were a few Rosyside Dace.
Then a slight detour off the Appalachian trail to hit the Eno, looking for Uncle Steve. If you don't know what I'm talking about go to youtube. Uncle Steve is Eno River icon found with his many simple fishing videos.
Onward to Georgia & Tennessee
Rainbow Shiner losing its brilliant colors.
The coolest thing about these Alabama Hog Suckers is that they were all sight fished in this gem of a gem spot. I caught about 5 or 6 of them.
Alabama Shiner all lit up.
Another spot proved to have an abundant supply of Tangerine Darters.
And I just can't get over that Redbreast in his bright orange colors.
Overall, it was an awesome trip of new species collection. We camped along the way to keep the cost down. I was amazed at how cheap one can keep a cool lifelist trip like this. Freecampsites.net helped the cause. Check that out on your next lifelist endeavor. Camping is more work but it helps to stretch the dollars. Hope you all enjoy!