Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sites: Near Drama, Upper Aggitis River

Mid May 2013

Near the City of Drama is a really unique river, the Aggitis. I have been here on three occasions before and sampled fish (electrofishing that is). But every time you step into a river it is always different*. So on our last road trip with Tassos and Elias we visited yet another site; about 10 km from Drama near the village of Symvoli. The river has springs in this reach and it's waters are cool; we caught 5 species of fish. Alburnoides strymonicus, Chondrostoma vardarense, Oxynoemacheilus bureschi, Squalius orpheus, and Barbus strumicae are pictured here. Thanks to Elias Dimitriou for some really nice shots of us fishing. I will add captions to the fish shots in the near future. And I will try to go back to Aggitis, carefully stepping into....a different river next time.

*Actually, Heraclitus said: "No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man".

...And I could humbly add...every time we take snapshots of a fish we learn about a different fish; its never the same fish....

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