I found myself in Detroit, Michigan this week with a few hours of free time one evening. As I usually will pack my Soyokaze rods, (I recently received a 10 foot 31SR to join my 6 foot 6 inch 20 SR) I was prepared to pursue some Metropolitan micro fishing. About a half mile from my hotel in Southfield meandered a small stream with the interesting name, River Rouge, so with a ittle effort I found access and was in business. A nice river walk park is being developed which provided for a very pleasant evening.
This stretch of water was generally quite featureless with a slow flow. It was here that I encountered a new life lister for me, the Common Shiner, Luxilus cornutus. I also caught several Creek Chubs from the same water.
My shiner catches varied in size from under 3 inches to 5 and a half inches long. I used the Soyokaze 20SR as the water was small enough for me to reach the far side if needed, and I like its ultra sensitivity. I probably caught a dozen in the two hours I fished.
While photographing, if I kept the angle of sunlight just right, I could easily see the true colors under the scales. Some had dark blotches on their sides. The bright green was quite stunning! In normal sunlight angles, they were a bright shiny silver.
Here is one of the Creek Chubs I caught that evening.