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Driftwood Outdoors: A step in protecting waters

Driftwood Outdoors: A step in protecting waters

New soles can help stop spread of disease

March 4th, 2012 by Brandon Butler, columnist, in News

Maryland, Vermont, Alaska and now Missouri have all banned felt-soled wader boots.

Although felt soles may be the best bet for keeping anglers from slipping and taking a plunge, they are also potentially damaging to fisheries, as the felt allows for spores and larvae of non-natives to transfer from water to water.

Missouri is a wade-fishing state. We have many beautiful warm-water streams and enough cold-water fisheries to make our Midwest neighbors green with envy.

Felt-soled waders and wading boots are usually found in high numbers in states where cold-water fisheries draw out-of-state anglers, like Missouri. Anglers can transport invasive species in felt from out-of-state waters, which is exactly why they had to be banned.

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