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 Post subject: New data suggests angler's felt soled boots NOT responsible
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:28 am 
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Rainbow Trout

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Max Bothwell, a research scientist for Environment Canada, who wrote an influential article that linked angler's felt soled boots to dydimo spread has now reversed himself and said that anglers are not responsible.

Here is his original article, On the Boots of Fishermen:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wat/wq/studies/didymo-blooms.pdf

He now believes that dydimo has been in North American waters and that it is a change in water chemistry, specifically lower phosphorus levels that has caused dydimo blooms.

Read the article in the current issue of American Angler, July-August, 2013, pp 8-9.

"'I no longer believe the problem is North American streams is the result of it (dydimo) being moved around.' …. Scientists are now convinced that dydimo lives in many streams, but blooms only when the water has far less than the normal amount of phosphorus…… The most damaging dydimo episode in the US seems to have been on Rapid Creek in South dakota, where a six-mile bloom dramatically impacted a blue ribbon brown trout fishery. In 2007 and 2008, Bothwell and other scientists added phosphorus to sections of Rapid Creek. Sure enough, the dydimo mats shrank."

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 Post subject: Re: New data suggests angler's felt soled boots NOT responsible
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:31 pm 
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Warpaint Shiner

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I guess we can dust off our felt soled boots now.


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 Post subject: Re: New data suggests angler's felt soled boots NOT responsible
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:15 pm 
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I was speaking to one of our state biologists a few years ago and he shared then that research was beginning to suggest that didymo existed in most streams naturally.

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 Post subject: Re: New data suggests angler's felt soled boots NOT responsible
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:37 am 
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Brown Trout

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Like anything else, the manufacturer's jumped on the "non felt" big time. No one ever said anything about the tounge area, gravel cuffs, anchor ropes, big flies capable of carrying it, fish, turtles birds etc.
I always carried 2 pair of boot's when i got to fish the SoHo & was planning on fishing a freestoner up there for precautions & have been just as happy with the felt vs rubber controversy being i use both.
Heck, i can trip & fall bare footed :oops:

Grumpy


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 Post subject: Re: New data suggests angler's felt soled boots NOT responsible
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:32 am 
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I never got on board with the no felt movement . but then again I ain't left the Little Red in years. now that I'm on the mend maybe I'll get out more.

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