Saturday fishing (1/13)
Fished Bradley Fork and a small brook trout stream Saturday (1/13). No fish were caught, unfortunately. Anyone else have a rough day Saturday? It's almost like the streams were void of fish. :confused:
This is a bat I knocked out with my fly rod as he was flying right for me....
However, there was good food and god drink:
Deer backstrap with bell pepper and onion wrapped in bacon....
Quail with cream cheese wrapped in bacon...
I had a little better luck on the Tuckasegee...
What's up with all the bats out during the middle of the day? I fished WPLR on Saturday and had bats flying all around me in the early afternoon.
I caught 4 fish, not bats, in about an hour. Missed several rises. The storms from 2012 had a lot of trees and debris in the stream and it just wasn't fun, so I packed it up earlier than intended.
Fished LeConte Cr. on Saturday and got buzzed by
several small bats. Fishing slooooow...spent a lotta time
looking up for little bombers.
I got a few rises and one on...that was it. I fished the middle and west prongs. I was only using a dry though. I thought about Bradley Fork but opted for closer water.
Unfortunately, bats being out during the day in the winter is a very very bad thing.
A fungus called White Nose Syndrome is killing bats across the country. Some estimates say many species of bats will be extinct within the next decade.
It is a fungus not unlike athletes foot that infects the soft membrane of the bat's nose. The fungus itself is not necessarily fatal, but it irritates them and wakes them up during hibernation. There are not enough bugs out in the winter to sustain their lives and they die of starvation.
The bat was probably hungry and trying to eat anything that remotely resembled food (i.e. your fly).
This is sad indeed. I had heard it has been spotted in the Smokeys. This may be confirmation.
I had the same thing happen on Sunday with Bats. I have sent an email to the parks biologists reporting this and sent them a link to this thread in case this information helps them. I understand white nose syndrome was confirmed back in march.
Look at all the trouble your causing
Great Smoky Mountains News Release
Contact: Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov
Phone number: 865-436-1207
Date:January 14, 2012
Park Reminds Visitors to Avoid Contact with Bats
Great Smoky Mountains National Park wildlife staff recently received numerous reports of unusual winter bat activity. Normally, bats should be hibernating during the winter, but bats have been described as flying erratically during the day and diving down toward people. Park biologists do not know the exact cause of this unusual bat activity, but urge all visitors to exercise caution as bats are known to carry diseases such as rabies. Skin to skin contact should be avoided.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the transmission of rabies virus can occur from minor, seemingly unimportant, or unrecognized bites from bats. For human safety, it is important not to touch or handle a bat. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends you seek immediate medical advice if you have had skin to skin exposure to a bat.
The park is home to at least 11 species of bats that play a critical role in the health of ecosystems by consuming insects including mosquitoes and agricultural insect pests. One of the species in the park, the Indiana bat, is federally endangered and another, the Rafinesque's big-eared bat, is a state listed species of concern in both Tennessee and North Carolina.
If you see a bat or any other wild animal that is acting strange and you suspect it may be sick or injured, avoid the animal and contact Park Communications at 865-436-1230. Unusual bat activity outside the park should be reported to state wildlife agencies.
For more information regarding bats and rabies, please visit www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/Bats_&_Rabies/bats.htm.
Glad you made the post. I had a similar experience on Gunter Fork Easter weekend, although my swat wasn't as accurate:rolleyes:
You even got Freddie to make a post WOW:eek:
I took the twins on thier first backcountry overnighter (still free right now) to campsite 18. Saw 2 fisherman hiking out that said they caught a few little ones. I'm pretty sure I passed Buzz on my drive up to Bote Mtn trail. I brought my new Crystal River 8 piece 5 weight, but didn't get a chance to even get it rigged up:frown: Had an awesome time with the family and the kids loved it so no regrets:smile:
Had toads attempting to breed this weekend at the house. They shouldnt start till the end of March at the earlist.
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