By John Merwin
The felt-versus-rubber-sole wading-gear debate continues to heat up, now having garnered more national attention via a New York Times article published yesterday. The newspaper cites “... fly fishers who pride themselves on a conservationist ethic...” as being concerned about invasive-species transport via fabric-soled wading boots.
First, this kind of stereotyping is really dumb. As if spin fishermen and baitcasters, who also sometimes wear felt-soled wading gear, have no conservation ethic. That’s ridiculous. Please, it’s not just fly anglers, although the fly-fishing community has certainly made the most noise on this issue.