Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Martinlf on Nov 30, 2013November 30th, 2013, 8:43 am EST
Hi Casey, When I've frozen boots, I just made sure to thaw them fully before trying to move anything. I think it could weaken or break the fabric otherwise. Drying things out beforehand would probably reduce potential damage. I haven't frozen waders, yet. The last time I was worried about them for didymo I let them dry for well over a month (during the summer) and used a different pair. When I fished out west once where mud snails were I just used an old pair of wading shoes and threw them away when I finished up. Now I'll probably be freezing things more.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"
Wbranch on Dec 8, 2013December 8th, 2013, 12:22 pm EST
Thanks for the information on how to treat your gear to kill the invader. Why didn't you provide info on how to get rid of the person(s) who brought them here. Now you can add NZ mud snails to the hundreds of other invasive species that are infesting the trout waters of the United States.
Entoman on Dec 11, 2013December 11th, 2013, 2:30 am EST
Boots aren't the only problem. Neoprene booties and even the wader legs themselves can get infected with the spoor of invasive species. They need to be disinfected as well. Don't know why this isn't mentioned more. The cat is out of the bag in too many places now, but perhaps to protect the remaining, out of state licensees should be required to rent local wading gear?
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman