Legislature Considers Ban On Felt-Soled Waders

04/12/10 6:06AM

The Vermont Legislature is considering a bill that would outlaw felt-soled fishing waders.

Experts say the felt-soled waders offer anglers better traction on wet rocks, but they stay wet for a long time, making it more likely they could spread invasive species or disease from one body of water to another.

The bill has been approved by the Vermont House and is now being considered by the Senate.

One threat lawmakers hope to reduce through the ban is the spread of the invasive species of algae known as didymo. Another is the spread of the fish ailment known as whirling disease.

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