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Default Invasives in the Big Thompson of Colorado?

I fished/waded in the Big Thompson below Lake Estes recently and will be going into Missouri waters soon. Is there anything I need to know or do as far as presence of invasives, treating gear, etc?

It will be at least 17 days between the two trips. I'll be using a new pair of boots, but the same neoprene waders.
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Default Re: Invasives in the Big Thompson of Colorado?

Hi...I don't know those waters, but there are plenty of invasives to worry about in Ca. When I've been in doubt I froze my stuff for 24 hrs and figured I was good to go. There might be old threads about invasives, but I forgot to search before starting this...-Mike
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Default Re: Invasives in the Big Thompson of Colorado?

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I fished/waded in the Big Thompson below Lake Estes recently and will be going into Missouri waters soon. Is there anything I need to know or do as far as presence of invasives, treating gear, etc?

It will be at least 17 days between the two trips. I'll be using a new pair of boots, but the same neoprene waders.
The major threat is whirling disease. Gear treatment advice at the bottom of this page: Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers.
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Default Re: Invasives in the Big Thompson of Colorado?

I wash my waders, wading socks and boots anytime I go to a different drainage or even in the case of the Big Thompson fishing above the Lake Estes dam, aka the park and below lake estes.

I fill up the laundry room sink with scalding water and dunk everything for 60+ seconds, drain the water and repeat with my boots only. I then fill up the inside of my waders and or wading socks with hot water. Drain turn inside out and hang to dry.
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Default Re: Invasives in the Big Thompson of Colorado?

Raises an interesting question, when you worry about invasives how big of a drainage do you worry about? Big Thompson goes into the S Platte, into the Platte, into the Missouri. I suppose if you go into the Missouri upstream of the confluence and above a series of dams that invasives couldn't cross it would still be a concern.
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