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Felt Soled Waders Banned In Mo Trout Waters!


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If I read this right, MDC has just approved a ban on felt sole waders.

The Commission also approved:

• Banning the use of porous soled waders or footwear incorporating or having attached a porous sole of felted, matted, or woven fibrous material when fishing in trout parks and other specific trout waters.

August Conservation Action

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Dang. Before long it will be illegal to fall down in a trout stream, because your clothes will also retain the rock snot micro what ever it is. No more wool gloves, and don't you dare let your hat get blown into the water. You will have to soak your fly line and your flies in salt brine before using the wire brush on them. Them vibrating soles are slicker than the rock snot. By the way, are wader "boot laces" suspect, or is that something they just conveniently overlook?

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Its probably something that will have to go into the rule book in the Spring of 2012, but Parks may start posting it immediately. Good point about the laces, cordura material, neoprene, or any other porus material. What if you slip and bust your but on a slick rock in the White River, transfer rock snot to your neoprene on the butt of the wader and sit down at a trout park and transfer it that way?

Finally found the cleaning station at Montauk this weekend up by the hatchery bldg. It was full of leaves and nasty tepid brown water, did not look like it was money well spent.

Oh well, another good reason to stay away from the Trout Parks and smallmouth fish.....

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This is a piece of junk, I really hope this statute does not read as this web posting does right now, because this is as close as vague for voidness as I have seen in a while. MDC really needs to define these terms; "specific trout waters" "porous" "matted" and hopefully they do this before too long. And we still have to talk about enforcement... Just another tax for the honest as I see.

Think about it, if you were dropped in the middle of this from Mars, or Canada, would you know what this means? It could be spun by a creative person who had a dictionary, and I don't know if there is a MDC version of a "legislative process" which would give some background to the rules they enact.

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This is a piece of junk, I really hope this statute does not read as this web posting does right now, because this is as close as vague for voidness as I have seen in a while. MDC really needs to define these terms; "specific trout waters" "porous" "matted" and hopefully they do this before too long. And we still have to talk about enforcement... Just another tax for the honest as I see.

Think about it, if you were dropped in the middle of this from Mars, or Canada, would you know what this means? It could be spun by a creative person who had a dictionary, and I don't know if there is a MDC version of a "legislative process" which would give some background to the rules they enact.

I dunno...seems pretty straight forward to me that they don't want anyone using felt soled waders or shoes anymore...

And I'm sure they'll let us know which waters this includes to relieve the vagueness of where it applies...

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Wow this sucks....Considering I love felt soled boots. And I just bought my girlfriend some new boots that I guess she only gets to use once.

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I dunno...seems pretty straight forward to me that they don't want anyone using felt soled waders or shoes anymore...

And I'm sure they'll let us know which waters this includes to relieve the vagueness of where it applies...

If they are truly concerned about the rock snot, then there are alot more items that need to be put on the ban list. We will see how this plays out.

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Dang. Before long it will be illegal to fall down in a trout stream, because your clothes will also retain the rock snot micro what ever it is. No more wool gloves, and don't you dare let your hat get blown into the water.

You're absolutely right, it's tough keeping clothes, gloves, and hats clean. Here's a link though, that may help you out:

Proven clothing disinfectant method.

You will have to soak your fly line and your flies in salt brine before using the wire brush on them.

If your fly line is absorbing water and sediment from the stream, you may have bigger problems.

Them vibrating soles are slicker than the rock snot.

Why not educate yourself on the issue at hand before forming an opinion?

By the way, are wader "boot laces" suspect, or is that something they just conveniently overlook?

No, because it's much easier to disinfect a boot lace than a felt sole. We've been over this already.

The facts haven't changed. Didymo still threatens our fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. It's still easily transmitted by felt-soled wading shoes, and there's still no way to effectively clean all the live didymo cells from those felt-soled wading shoes. You guys keep deflecting the issue to waders, boot uppers, laces, fly lines, etc, and it's still a red herring- their are plenty of ways to effectively clean and disinfect those gears.

And the language doesn't at all seem vague to me- if the sole of your boot is made of a porous material, it's banned. I'm sure they'll define what they mean by "porous," in the Wildlife Code glossary. It's a shame it only applies to trout waters, though.

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