Northern Illinois Greater Redhorse, April 2012

How often do you get to meet a new fishing buddy, discover half a dozen excellent multi-species fishing spots within an hour of home, sample the fish resident in those new locations while learning a bit about handling several different types of seines, learn a bit about photo tanks and fish photography, and see and handle dozens of new fish species, including one that’s listed as endangered in the state?

Not very often.

In April I had one of those days when good planning led to an experience that exceeded the daydreams leading up to it. Continue reading

Le moxôstome doré

I’ve been working on several posts for the moxostoma blog, but none seemed worthy of being the first. This old sucker is just the thing to break that barrier.

1897 color plate of le moxostome dore

From Les poissons d’eau douce du Canada (1897) by A. N. Montpetit. More to come from this book.

(This image is in the public domain because it is too old to be under copyright.)

Redhorse prints finally available!

I have finally managed to align all the planets and get printing started. These are giclee prints on heavy matte paper. This is not a thin, glossy poster that a teenagers would tape inside a locker. If you have a wall, a hammer and a nail, you might even consider putting it in a frame and hanging it next to pictures of your kids and Cranky Aunt Ethel.

Identification of six species of redhorse, by Olaf NelsonNow available through Etsy.com, if you’re into that.


There are two sizes available: large (32″ x 24″: $50.00, including $5 for shipping) and medium (24″ x 18″: $45.00, including $5 for shipping priority mail in a tube). A discount if you order more than one (but I don’t know how much, since it depends on the actual shipping cost). Every order gets some free stickers, too.

(If you’re into fish posters, check out the tiger trout poster.)

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