As you may have heard, Alaska recently became the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide ban on felt soled wading products to help protect the state’s freshwater lakes, rivers and streams from becoming infected with aquatic invasive species (AIS.) It takes effect in January 2012 and Trout Unlimited applauds the move.
Alaska did this as a preventative measure because felt soles on the bottom of waders and boots easily carry AIS, which can threaten native species and the ecological stability of native waters, as well as cause harm to commercial, sport fishing and subsistence fishing, all of which is big business in Alaska.
Many anglers are asking about alternatives to felt soles and gear manufacturers are quickly responding. Here’s some information about a deal that Orvis is offering on the company’s new River Guard boots.