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LastchanceDecember 17th, 2010, 7:40 am
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
This requires a one letter reply. I realize I'm asking a lot because brevity is a word foreign to this board. Please, no long winded, esoteric, essays about nothing.

A small creek with fish in it is called:

A.)a rivulet

B.)a rill

C.)a small creek with fish in it

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GutcutterDecember 17th, 2010, 8:35 am

Posts: 470
D.) - none of the above.
it is called a "crick"

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OldredbarnDecember 17th, 2010, 12:20 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608
He isn't talking about me or you is he...Paul? :)

I kind of agree with Tony but I'll just call it a nursery.

Merry Christmas...Right back at you!

Spence the Muted

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
JADDecember 17th, 2010, 12:41 pm
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
I'll take a guess and say.

D-- It"s home to the fish.

Merry Christmas


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MotroutDecember 17th, 2010, 1:35 pm
Posts: 319
Well, you see, a small stream with trout in it can have a variety of names. If you're in Vermont, New Hampshire, or the Adirondacks, it's a brook, in parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, it's called a kill, in southern Missouri it's a "crik" or a "branch", in some parts of the east it's a run. Now which is the best, now that's a hard one. Personally I prefer "creek" because it's generic and most people will know what you mean when you say that, but if you ask my friend in New York, he'd be upset and say that is not a refined enough name and that all small streams shall be referred to as brooks, and if you ask my friend in the southern part of Missouri, they'll tell me to stop talking like one a them northerner-it's a crik for goodness sakes, or a branch if you have to be too awful particular about it. And the same people would refer to a very small stream (one that doesn't always hold water)as a wash. And I almost forgot that in some parts of northern lake country, they call the rivers that connect lakes narrows.

Okay, that's all I've got I think. I was gonna see how long I could make that go (since a short answer was asked for), but I think that's it.

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PaulRobertsDecember 17th, 2010, 1:36 pm

Posts: 1776
OK I get it...I think...

A rill by definition could not contain trout.
A rivulet might.
But...C is ...redundant.

Oh, I could go on alright. A meager sampling:

E, F, G,…:
…, river, stream, creek, brook, beck, headwater, reach, spring, seep, feed, tributary, stem, nursery water, flow, current, spate, torrent, cascade, falls, riffle, pool, cut, pocket, basin, head, tail, broken, flat, slick, ‘nervous’ water, ... and on and on….

Let there be no shortage of creative descriptors. But, agreed: if they are used more than once (not tongue in cheek), they should at least be accurate.

LastchanceDecember 17th, 2010, 2:35 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Just playing. Gees I can't even tick you guys off.
PaulRobertsDecember 18th, 2010, 6:56 am

Posts: 1776
Now why would you want to do that?
LastchanceDecember 18th, 2010, 8:35 am
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
I don't really want to make you mad just thought I might start a humorous exchange.
BippieDecember 19th, 2010, 6:36 pm
Altoona, PA

Posts: 25
Well..... I'm originally from Portage PA and we always called it a "creek" (pronounced "crick"). ;-)
OldredbarnDecember 20th, 2010, 1:55 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608
humorous exchange

My grandmother (she grew up in the mountains of Maryland) was stammering one time and trying her damnest to remember its name and blurted out, "You know what it's called Spence! That big ditch out west. What's it's name?"

She was trying to remember Grande Canyon.

This has become a standing family joke many, many years after she has passed...No one can bring up the Grande Canyon with out someone chiming in..."You know! That big ditch out west!"

So, here's my thoughts...If you can actually straddle it with a foot on each side and the damn thing's running between your legs, and it has trout in it, we shall call it a crick (creek)...No trout...It's just a damn ditch.

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
LastchanceDecember 20th, 2010, 3:39 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Yep. It's crick where I come from.

I also studied ballogy in high school.

Youns's is the plural of youns.
BippieDecember 20th, 2010, 6:06 pm
Altoona, PA

Posts: 25
I concur with Lastchance!

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