As awareness has built up over the past few years about aquatic invasive species and the damage they can do to our fisheries, anglers have been paying a lot more attention to the soles of their wading boots.
Felt soles on wading boots are a great way for nasty critters like the New Zealand mud snail to hitch a ride from one piece of water to another. Responsible companies like Simms have been working hard on alternatives to felt soles, and quite a few anglers have started cleaning their felt soles religiously, or switching to non-felt soles made of materials like Vibram.
Some regions have banned felt soles entirely, but in most places there’s a more gradual transition taking place.
Where do you stand on the wading boot sole topic? What’s on the bottom of your boots? Are you cleaning your felt soles when you move from one river to the next? Have you abandoned felt in favor of Vibram?
We’ll start things off! Our loaner wading boots live permanently on one river (the Kanektok or the Dean), so we’re not replacing our felt-soled loaner boots. For our personal gear, most of our boots are still felt but we clean them well when we travel, and we’re generally buying Vibram-soled boots when we get a new pair.
What’s on the bottom of your boots? Let us know – leave a comment on this page using the form below. We’ll post the results next week. Thanks for your input!