01-24-2014, 02:08 PM
Re: Seventh US State Bans Felt-Soled Footwear
Originally Posted by ts47
I support the ban. I live in MD. Both MD & WVA have banned felt. I and the 5 other guys I fish with on a regular basis all went out and bought boot with rubber soles and metal studs. While they are not quite as good as felt, adding an extra stud or two in each boot really did the trick!
A little more info... We do a 4 day fishing trip twice a year where we fish 4 separate bodies of water. We often fish two different rivers each day. I would really hate to see didymo (sp) in any or all of those waters much less know that I may have been one of the guys responsible for it!!
How do you decontaminate between the different watersheds on the same day? Do you take harsh chemicals and washtubs to clean your gear? Unless you do, you are risking being the Typhoid Mary
of invasives. Going from one watershed to another on the same day is absolutely the best way to spread invasives.
When I go to Montana, I use a totally different FELT boot that I only use for the Madison River and leave to dry off during the other 11 months in a Montana garage.
Read the most recent science on dydimo. Fishermen are NOT responsible for the dydimo blooms and dydimo is NATIVE to North America. Dydimo has been in Western and Eastern rivers for over 100 years,
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy
Last edited by silver creek; 01-24-2014 at 11:35 PM.