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  1. #11
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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    Bringing in felt bottom boots into Oregon is 'no big deal.' However if you bring in a boat IT IS A VERY BIG DEAL. You are required to have same inspected for 'invasive species' (small charge at the OSP sites) or you face one hell of a fine. Like big time fine.

    When the program first started several years back I was one of the 'Vollies' who helped with these things. It was AMAZING the amount of 'say what's' we found coming out of California. One boat was the treasure trove, fellow lived in Redding (or close to that) and the boat had sat in 100 degree heat for well over a week.

    Damned things were all over his boat trailer and very alive and well.

    End game is you come into Oregon with a boat in tow, get the inspection. 98% of the time you'll end up with a 'Have a nice time and catch some fish.' The other 2% can get interesting?

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    Love the logic NOT


    QUOTE=fly_guy12955;687483]I don't see felt carrying anything between waters that birds and animals don't already carry in their feathers and fur,,,,so what's the point in banning felt ?[/QUOTE]
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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    Quote Originally Posted by tail of the pool View Post
    Love the logic NOT

    Didymo study disputes assumptions on spread and control of 'rock snot' algae - Environmental Monitor

    Try to keep up current events

    It kills fish, fouls up waterways and its appearance has earned it the name “rock snot.” Seven U.S. states, Chile and New Zealand have passed legislation to prevent this notorious algae’s spread. However, a recent study suggests that Didymosphenia geminata is an algae poorly understood both in origin and function.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    Seems a simple enough solution to take fishermen out of the picture
    I think I fish, in part, because it’s an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. –John Gierach

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    I don't use felt soles, and not so much talking about trout streams, but boats are a much, much bigger issue IMO. I try to be very careful, but there are about 10,000 places my boat or trailer can hide something bad and transfer it to new water.

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    Well , Tail of the Pool, for sure I am not an expert,,just muzing out loud. Excuse me please.
    I find my meal by finding my meal's meal.

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    Sorry if taken as being difficult, but as fishermen it is hard for us to rally for positive change if we do nothing to help out that is all.

    No harm no foul

    Quote Originally Posted by fly_guy12955 View Post
    Well , Tail of the Pool, for sure I am not an expert,,just muzing out loud. Excuse me please.
    I think I fish, in part, because it’s an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. –John Gierach

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    I did not mean to come across that we should do nothing,,not at all..so sorry about that. I for one, would fall in line with any good conservation efforts. Our waters are indeed precious to everyone, and I'm all for protecting them.
    I find my meal by finding my meal's meal.

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    The minimalist in me almost always wins the debates, so I use rubber for the simplicity of not having to ever think about it.

    That aside, the latest rubber soles being designed and made now are far, far better than those of even the recent past. I can't believe how well the soles of my wet wading Simms Riprap shoes grip!
    Jim

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    Default Re: felt sole controversy

    After trying rubber soles on the Bitteroot when guide Eddie Olwell raved about them, I was hooked. They worked great there. They work fine in other places...not so great in others. So I wear them and hope that I'm doing something to prevent spread of rock snot. They're certainly better than felt for walking/hiking over dry rock.

    I do hate sending them back to Simms for resoleing every year because that soft rubber wears down so fast. I guess I'm a "shuffler".

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