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Old 01-28-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Default Cleaning felt soles?

I understand that felt soles are on their way out because they transport invasive species. I certainly want to be on the safe side of this issue, but my wading boots are fairly new so I'm not ready to buy a new pair.

So how do I clean the felt soles so that I won't carry any unwanted hitch hickers? Do I need to clean them if I'm going back to the same water the next day?
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Default Re: Cleaning felt soles?

Same water I wouldn't sweat it, different water, put a little Clorox (and a tad of water) into a pan and get em wet. That oughta kill whatever. I wouldn't let them soak for too long in case the Clorox eats glue. I know it'll kill anything that lives in a creek.
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Default Re: Cleaning felt soles?

We have those invasive species here in MD. All of the good streams have washing stations with a (I think) 5% salt water solution. You stand there for 30 seconds and you're done.
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There was an old thread on cleaning equipment for whirling desease. There is a lot of good info there..

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...html#post23580
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Default Re: Cleaning felt soles?

Is it good practice to clean waders and such or just the boots? I haven't heard of any reports of Whirling Disease where I fish, but I don't want to help migrate anything from one watershed/stream to another. All my stuff is new so I'm looking to the future.
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I would just be deligent in getting any moss, mud or debris washed off your boots at each stream you fish. Also check you laces for any hitch hikers, primarily snails. Taking the boots home with you when they have mud etc.. will only put that stuff in your home drainage. As far as cleaning your gear with bleach or other solutions it may help but it is probably only going to destroy your boots faster.

There has always been a debate about whether any of the cleaning solutions really destroy some of our aquatic invaders such as Whirling Disease, PKD, Mudsnail and the like. Whirling disease spores are tough little critters and they are not easily killed. Being diligent with cleaning your gear, which also includes draining water from your boat, is the best approach for not transporting aquatic hitch hikers.

Most likely Whirling disease has been spread by hatchery stocking programs or migratory birds that have a fancy for eating fish. A anglers equipment could never compete as a carrier of spores with the likes of a Pelican or Merganser who eats an entire infected fish and then flies to another drainage to discharge the digested spores.
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Biggie, what you say makes a lot of sense.
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Default Re: Cleaning felt soles?

We stepped in a lot of Clorox washing stations last season. This year it's Vibran soles all around / no more felt.
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