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PostPosted: March 9th, 2018, 7:43 pm 
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For those heading to YNP this year:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/yellowstone_national_park/yellowstone-announces-felt-sole-ban-new-boat-season/article_a720020d-a9fa-5c4c-86c7-4075acf31d5f.amp.html

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PostPosted: March 11th, 2018, 4:41 pm 
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PostPosted: March 12th, 2018, 10:46 am 
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I don’t fish the Park as much as I used to. As a matter of fact I don’t believe I’ve actually fished the Park since 2011......so I can’t truly say this will affect me much at all.

The Park streams are mostly.......at least the ones I normally fish......
Sand bottoms, so rubber is actually just as good as, or better than, felt anyway.

Felt is also useless, or actually dangerous, on mud.....
So I don’t use felt on the Spring Creeks either. Rubber or studded rubber is a much better choice there, too.

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PostPosted: March 12th, 2018, 11:53 am 
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Somewhat confusing. In recent years the trend has been more accepting of felt as fishery science seems to point to the transmission problem being lower than expected. Some states (Vermont I think) have actually reversed the ban. Could this just be the gears of big government simply grinding slowly?

For myself I have felt with studs, rubber with studs, rubber only, so no issue with most any regulation.

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PostPosted: March 12th, 2018, 1:27 pm 
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I don't know what the thinking for the Yellowstone ban was, but I think the felt/no felt argument in general comes down to a risk assessment.

For those places that put felt bans in place due to fear of Didymo, I think there is a lot more understanding of Didymo, where it is native, and how it spreads than was the case when it first emerged as an issue.

But there are a ton of other aquatic species that could be moved on wet felt that a place like Yellowstone might worry about. Concern about zebra mussels is increasing as they have reached Montana; New Zealand mudsnail is already in the park; whirling disease may be of concern.

The precautionary approach is not to use felt. I know it is possible to treat felt with hot water, freezing, or chemicals, but I don't harbor any illusions that 100% of us will do so.

I've used studded aqua stealths for my two Yellowstone trips without any problems. I also did quite a lot of wet wading last year in sneakers.


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