For the first time since 2011, anglers will once again be allowed to wear felt sole wading boots in Vermont starting July 1. Felt boots were prohibited because of concerns about the spread of didymo, an algae also known as “rock snot,” which was appearing as nuisance blooms in trout rivers throughout North America, including some rivers in Vermont. But recent research has revealed that didymo is not an introduced invasive algae but is actually native to Vermont and other regions of North America.
It will be interesting to see if other felt-banning states like Alaska, Maryland, and Missouri follow in Vermont’s footsteps…pun intended.
Link (via Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)