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WNCFLY
10-06-2008, 12:28 PM
I noticed this set up shortly up Lost Bottoms creek and was just wondering what it is. This creek is over four miles from the road, so it was unusual to see it here.


This is the sign when you enter the creek from the trail.
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/lostbottomscreek.jpg

This is the contraption I am curious about. It was about two hundred yards up stream from the mouth of the creek..
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/lostbottmscreek2.jpg

mtnman2888
10-06-2008, 12:32 PM
Although i haven't seen that contraption before (and have no clue what it is), i have seen that sign on that creek before and thought it was a little out of place. I would think that if you're that hardcore of a fisherman to walk that far back you would know the regs.

WNCFLY
10-06-2008, 12:45 PM
Yeah, That's what me and my friend were thinking. We passed two guys with spinning rods on the way out, so you never know.

MBB
10-06-2008, 03:08 PM
The regulation sigh comes from some not so old regulations where the Park opened a few previously closed brook trout streams. They wanted to do some studies on the effect of angling on brook trout in order to justify opening most all brook trout streams to the public. Lost Bottom Creek was one of those "experimental" streams opened. Fortunately, the study revealed that angling had a negligable effect on populations of brook trout. That's why they opened most all streams, but they needed the evidence to do so.

I don't know, but would guess the photograph is some form of water guage.

ijsouth
10-06-2008, 08:01 PM
There are old regulation signs in other areas of the park. I found a few along an abandoned trail alongside Straight Fork, after it leaves the road. These ones were really old - you could tell.

GrouseMan77
10-07-2008, 07:11 AM
If you head up Jake's Creek you can find the same contraption near where the gravel road ends. I saw a UT truck up there but no one around.

Speckleman5
10-07-2008, 08:30 AM
I believe that sign is on the bridge there because it is the first time the trail crosses the creek after leaving heintoga road. Your 4 mile hike in there could have been cut in half if not more had you parked where the Palmer Creek trail runs into Heintoga Road.....I saw a couple monster fish about half a mile up Lost Bottoms a couple years ago.

kytroutman
10-07-2008, 08:48 AM
The contraptions appear to be data loggers. One set will measure the water pH, alkaline and water quality while the other set measures temperature, flow, etc.