Oregon film team points underwater camera at Southern Appalachians

898874_t607This Article was in the Knoxville News Sentinel

RELIANCE, Tenn. — The Hiwassee River has a reputation as one of the finest trout fisheries in the Southeast, but that’s not why Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk came here last week all the way from Oregon.

Instead of fly rods, they plied the river with an underwater camera.

After snorkeling for half an hour, Herasimtschuk spotted a pile of gravel on the river bottom where a male river chub had built a nest. A school of Tennessee shiners flashed their bright-orange breeding colors as they circled the gravel pile, and several warpaint shiners hovered nearby in a holding pattern against the current.

“The rivers that drain these mountains are like little Amazons,” he said.  “Out West, we might see a few trout species, but the underwater ecosystems around here are much richer. Snorkeling in the Southern Appalachians is a different world.”  For the full story go to  Knoxnews.com (link).  You can see the video Hidden Rivers: a film series about the vibrant waters of Southern Appalachia.  At this (link)

Good Fishing

Joe <((((<


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