States Banning Felt Sole Waders

Felt-soled waders, long a mainstay piece of gear for fishing in rushing rivers and streams, are facing statewide bans because of the environmental problems they can cause.

Maryland became the first state to ban them as of March 21. They became illegal in Vermont April 1 and will be prohibited in Alaska next Jan. 1.

The soles, valued by anglers as sure-footed protection in slippery places, can trap spores and larvae of non-native plants and animals, allowing the invaders to hitchhike by shoe from one stream to another.

Read more (Via: USA Today)

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