As the first full day in Pennsylvania wore on, it started to seem to Noah, Jake, and I that larger predatory fish were just not that active. Though we were on a fantastic watershed for big fish, the more we focused on them the less likely we would be to catch lifers. So I focused more and more on micros.
The Allegheny was teaming with small fish, and many were species I'd never caught. Some were also visually very striking. Peering into a riffle, I could see numerous longhead darters and a few small common logperch. These species are both in the same genus, Percina. They are a bit larger on average than other darters, and also quite aggressive. This meant they were pretty easy to catch on small flies, and with minimal effort I had another lifer darter species in hand.
|Lifelist fish #172, Longhead darter, Percina macrocephala. Rank: Species|
|Lifelist fish #173, Streamline chub. Erimystax dissimilis. Rank, species.|
Though the Allegheny was being oh so stingy with it's larger fish, these small fishes were not a bitter consolation for me at all. I love catching fish, with no exceptions.
Until next time,
Fish for the love of places fish live.
Fish for you.
And stay safe and healthy.