A few months back we wrote a post about the battle of the “felt bottom boot”. In the post we were telling how our Felt Bottom Boots affect our river and streams. Not long after writing that post we found an article in one of our local newspapers about using a patato brush to clean up our felt boots from river to river..
Our latest weapon in the war against aquatic invasive species is low-tech but seems effective..
Just buy a $1 potato scrub brush for your fishing vest, and when you get done fishing, just scrub off the felt soles real quick,” said Rick Boatner, the Invasive Species Program coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
That will take the mud off your felt-soled waders or boots along with parasites such as whirling disease, pieces of noxious water weeds and one of Oregon’s imported invasive species, the New Zealand mudsnail.
“That’s going to prevent most things from moving on like New Zealand mudsnails, because they like to get in those little grooves,” Boatner said. “And then the whirling disease, just clean the mud off and you’re not going to move that spore around.
“So just a couple of minutes before you leave the stream.”
“For prevention’s sake, it makes sense not to have them,” Boatner said about bans on felt soles. “But right now it’s simpler to just use a scrub brush before you move on to your next stream and just scrub the bottoms of the soles, and that cleans most things right out.”Just take a few seconds for some precaution.”
I guess bottom line is if we can prevent even the remote possibility of spreading a disease into our rivers and streams why not take an extra step to do so. 🙂