The Tangerine Darter may be a nongame species, but it’s one beauty of a fish! Nicknamed the River Slick, this perch makes its habitat in the streams of the Appalachian Mountains. Averaging 5 inches, these small orange gilled darters are true to their name, darting to and fro while eating aquatic insects from vegetation. This can cause an angler with a small hook to catch one on his line. But this one piece should be the only Darter you try and catch! Government protection makes wanting to hook one unwarranted! Follow the old adage: look but don’t touch!
When dealing with a nongame species, here at Gill McFInn’s we turn to our resident diver and underwater photographer Professor Vanderpoof. This fishing Romper has his blessing as being a true representation of the Tangerine Darter’s immense beauty. He wishes more anglers would appreciate just viewing them in their habitats. The Appalachian Mountains are quite a sight to behold in themselves and the streams where the Darter resides are full of species waiting to be viewed… and caught!