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Old 01-18-2011, 05:01 AM
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Yesterday, I went to Cabela's in Wheeling WV. I see a poster...Maryland has passed a law on felt soles. The year of 2011 is a "grace period". After that....no more felt soles. I was also told that Pa. will be following suite on this.
Apparently, we are carriers. Personally, rubber soled boots w/ studs kinda make me nervous with some waters I wade
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2012 for all of Alaska too. A small part of the state was 1-1-11.
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I saw the trend coming, so I wore vibram and studs all this past season. I have to say it wasn't as bad as I thought, but rubber is definitely NOT felt. I hope the companies can devise some new material that can satisfy the new market. Whether they do or not I will stay with the rubber. The ecology has to come first.
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Vermont went "no felt" as of this season. Not too happy about it

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Default Re: The end of an era

Everyone fished with Hodgen rubber bottom boots for many years with no studs or no felt. I think most of us will get along fine with out felt.

I recall one year at the San Juan that the water was about 500cfs and one area of rock that you couldn't normally wade was available. The rock was covered with a tough, slick moss and I started with my felts. One or two steps and the bottom of the boots was caked with this moss and the felt didn't work at all. I went back to the car and put my slip on overshoes with aluminum cleats on the bottom. Between the cleats and my wadding staff I managed to get into position and hook up with a big trout.

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Does anyone have any definitive information about PA enforcing a ban on felt? And while I am asking, any word of MI following suit as well? It looks like I may need to get some new boots soon...
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Does anyone have any definitive information about PA enforcing a ban on felt? And while I am asking, any word of MI following suit as well? It looks like I may need to get some new boots soon...
only if u want just go ahead and grasp new boots.
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