10/02/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Slate Drakes
2.     Little Yellow Stoneflies
3.     Needle Stoneflies
4.     Mahogany Duns
5.     Little Yellow Quills
6.     Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7.     Blue-winged Olives

Most available - Other types of food:
8.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
9.     Grasshoppers
10.   Ants
11.   Beetles
12.   Craneflies

Fishing Tales - The Whole Creek Blew Up In My Face
I was born and raised in the small, north Alabama town of Arab, Alabama. During
those years, I fished the numerous farm ponds, Guntersville Lake and the
Tennessee River below the dam from as far back as I can remember. I had spinning,
casting and fly tackle consisting of a fiberglass fly rod and an automatic fly reel. Both
my grandfather and father took me fishing quite often, including several deep sea
trips to the Gulf of Mexico to fish for snapper and grouper.

Back in those days in the late 1950's, there was large, unpopulated valley with a
beautiful little creek flowing through it near the little community of Ruth between Arab
and Huntsville. I would wind off the mountain down a narrow dirt road, first on my
bicycle and later my car, to what we called Cataco Creek in the Valley. That's
probably spelled wrong but I cannot  find it on a map and I'm not sure it is even called
that anymore.

At the foot of the mountain, a little wooden bridge crossed the creek that probably
averages about 15 to 20 feet wide at the most. That point was the only place you
could access the creek. The little creek was alway full of sunfish which we just called
bream. Wherever you could get to it without being bitten by a cottonmouth snake,
you could catch a stringer full of bream. The largest pool in the entire creek was
just above the one-way wooden bridge. There wasn't a house within a couple of miles
of the creek.

In the early 1960's, while I was attending college, I dated and married a girl that lived
on a farm in the little community of Ruth near the top of the mountain above Cataco
Creek. One day I mentioned to J.C., her father, that I wanted to fish that little creek
again. It resulted in him telling me the following fishing story.

He first asked me if I knew what a carbide headlamp was. I wasn't sure but I
had experimented with carbide in college chemistry. If your not familiar, it is a
headlamp that was worn by coal miners in the early days. When calcium carbide
comes in contact with water, it reacts to produce acetylene or C2H2. It was used for
beacon lights and even car lights in the early days. If the resulting gas is enclosed,
and not allowed to escape a container, it will explode. If you put some of it in a glass
jar with a tight lid, punch a tiny hole in it and throw it in the water, it will explode.

When J.C. purchased his farm many years prior to that time, he found a large
container of carbide stored in the loft of the barn. For a long time, he just left it there,
knowing it was dangerous. One day someone told him that if he put some of it in a
fruit jar, tightened a lid on it and punched a tiny hole in the lid, that water would drip
in the jar and it would cause a big explosion. You also have to put a rock or weight in
the jar to get it to sink.

J. C. got one of my mother-in-law's gallon jugs for canning pickles, filled the bottom of
it with carbide and headed for the creek. It had been raining a lot and he was afraid
to drive off the mountain on the old dirt road, so he parked his truck at the top of the
mountain and walked down  to the creek. He said he threw it in the pool just above
the bridge and ran as fast as he could for about fifty yards. He got behind a tree and
waited.

He waited and he waited and nothing happened for a few minutes. About that time he
noticed an old man coming down the creek towards the bridge with a cane pole
fishing. He said he wanted to yell at him, but he felt stupid telling him to run. While he
was trying to determine what he should do, he said the old man climbed up on the
bridge and must have seen the bubbles coming up from the jar, because it appeared
he put his bait right in the exact spot he threw the jug in the water. He started to yell
at him but before anything came out of his mouth, the entire creek blew up. He said it
looked as if every drop of water in the creek went up in the air as high as the trees.

He started running towards the creek to see if he has killed the old man or what.
When he first spotted him, the old man was running as fast as he could in the
opposite direction. He said the old man never looked back and never saw him. His
cane pole was lying on the bridge. He didn't know the man and never found out
anymore about it.

I always wanted to hear the old man tell the same story. Imagine fishing a quite,
peaceful stream in the middle of no-where and the entire creek blowing up in your
face. Don't you know the old man confessed his sins and begged for forgiveness. I
know I would probably have done that. I wonder who would even believe his story.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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