Last Driftnetting At The Flint Last Sunday
It's only taken a week, but here are some photos from last Sunday's trip to the Flint River. This was our last driftnetting session for this project, we now have a full year's worth of collections from last October. We also were interested in netting more silver shiners and blotched chubs. The driftnetting went well, with fairly low water. But it was a lot harder this time with the silver shiners; we only caught 11, half of them by Josh with a cast net. And we also netted 18 blotched chubs, along with 1 bigeye chub that we kept by mistake.
This first photo is of Josh watching Jeremy and Kelly cross the river to pick up some gear we'd left there as we prepared to leave. Even in low water it's a challenge to walk across the broken bedrock.
Here's a view of Josh with downstream behind, down to the old bridge supports. The best place to catch silver shiners is along the far bank in the medium distance.
And of course, a view of the Winchester Road bridge as a standard for gauging river height and flow. The river was just about at the median height and flow for the date over 12 years, according to the USGS online river monitor.