Nate O wrote:
Ok, ban felt. What next, boot laces,wet wading, anchor ropes? The only thing that will work 100% is to close contaminated waters to fishing. Traveling anglers should know better than to even risk fishing a didymo water. If they do risk it it is up to them to sterilized their gear( note I said gear, not felt ). Felt isn't the problem, its ignorance. What's the saying? If guns are killing people, then pencils are misspelling words. Another favorite, once we make everything idiot proof, we are just creating more idiots.
In the 1950s, cigarettes used asbestos as part of their filters. These filters gave smokers a sense of security against the new data showing the harms of cigarette smoke. Asbestos was the natural choice as it was heatproof and insoluble.
The problem with felt bottom boots is that they are difficult to clean and dry and thus a great host for didymo.
There are many other ways to spread this very invasive algae, including eyelets, rubber treads, interfaces between metal studs and soles, etc., etc.
The real winner in all these debates are the boot manufacturers...
What works for now: Freeze your boots and any gear that gets wet - felt or not.