Felt-Soled Waders and Wading Shoes Are On the Way Out – Effective March 21
Didymo, also known as Rock Snot, is an invasive, non-native alga of cold flowing waters.
Individual didymo organisms are microscopic, but infestations include enormous numbers. Each individual produces a long stalk from the stream bottom resulting in a yellow-brown slime layer, which can dominate a once beautiful cold water stream.
Didymo is gross, and it can obstruct fishing to the point of being insufferable.
Didymo has also caused destructive changes in stream biology in some of the finest cold fishing waters on the planet.
Resource managers in North America and New Zealand suspected early on that the felt-soled waders and boots of traveling fly fishermen were the pathway for its spread. Subsequent field and laboratory research has confirmed that the felt used for waders is an ideal medium for collecting and transporting microscopic organisms.
DNR scientists and anglers have found seasonal infestations of Didymo in the Gunpowder River and traces of the organism in the Savage River.
Other diseases and injurious species such as Whirling Disease, which is fatal to trout, may be carried on felt soles.
Felt has been banned from New Zealand streams since 2008.
Alaska and Vermont have moved to prohibit felt soles.
Maryland is doing the same.
Maryland’s proposed regulation to prohibit felt soles in all waters is scheduled to become effective in March 2011. DNR welcomes public comment until February 28 via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or mail, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service, ATTN: Felt-Soled Wader Ban Regulation, 580 Taylor Ave., B-2, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Felt-Soled Waders and Wading Shoes Are On the Way Out – Effective March 21 | Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service News
If there was something you wanted to know about BEARS you can go the site below, it has all the info that you were looking for. Enjoy
The following is from Paulsangling Blog. I remember the article, I wish I had saved it, I do remember him say and I paraphrase, Teach every one to play Golf, it will keep them off the Trout Steams.
In Praise Of Trout And Also Me is a May 8, 1964 Life Magazine article I found thanks to Justin at Hudson Valley Angler. I should add a praise to Google Books as well, for making this find possible.
It’s a great read: ruminations of a long time fly angler on one of the Catskills best and most beleaguered streams – The Esopus!
Connecticut Anglers Face $500 Fine for Using Lead Jigs and Sinkers – Make Your Voice Heard
Send a message to your state legislators opposing burdensome and unwarranted fishing tackle regulations today
A bill has been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly to prohibit the sale and use of the most commonly used lead sinkers and jigs in state waters. This comes on the heels of a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that a federal ban on lead fishing tackle is unwarranted. Further, anyone found in violation of this proposed ban will be fined $500 per incident. That is six times more severe than the penalty for fishing without a license! A ban on lead fishing tackle in Connecticut will have a significant negative impact on the state’s recreational anglers and fisheries resources, but a negligible impact on the waterfowl populations that it seeks to protect. There is no scientific data to support such a ban.
How You Can Help
KeepAmericaFishing™ needs your help to protect your right to fish in Connecticut. By sending thousands of letters to the EPA and Members of Congress, anglers like you helped ensure that the federal lead ban petition was rejected. You can do the same to defeat the lead ban bill in the Connecticut General Assembly.
Please take action now to ensure that this lead ban legislation will not be adopted. There will be a public hearing on this bill on January 31, so please send a message to Connecticut state legislators today! Connecticut residents are also encouraged to attend the hearing to voice your opposition.
In an attempt to ban the sale and use of the most commonly used lead fishing sinkers and jigs in Connecticut, S.B. 59 was introduced in the General Assembly on January 10. Connecticut anglers generate over $268 million in retail sales with a $445 million impact on the nation’s economy. A ban of lead sinkers and jigs in Connecticut is not reasonable or warranted without the scientific data to support such a ban. Fishing tackle made from alternatives to lead can be much more expensive and do not perform as well. Adding to this, S.B. 59 proposes a $500 fine per violation, while the penalty for fishing without a license in Connecticut is only $77. If anglers don’t act soon, the cost of fishing in Connecticut may significantly increase.
The ban proposed by S.B. 59 is unjustified. The impact on loons and other waterfowl is the most often cited reason for bans on lead fishing tackle, yet Connecticut does not support a breeding loon population and wintering grebe populations are isolated to a few select waterways. Waterfowl populations in Connecticut are subject to much more substantial threats such as habitat loss, water acidification and mercury poisoning. Any lead restrictions need to be based on scientific data that supports the appropriate action for a particular water body or species. The bottom line is that this proposed ban on lead sinkers and jigs is not supported by science or an identified need.
Please follow this link to send a message to a Connecticut state legislator to express your opposition to this scientifically and biologically unjustified fishing tackle ban. Please take action now to ensure that the Connecticut General Assembly does not adopt this unwarranted legislation. Send your message today!