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: boot cleaning and whirling disease


josko
04-05-2007, 08:44 AM
What am I supposed to do to my boots after fishing a river with whirling disease? Could those boots actually transmit the disease? How long would I need to let them sit before the disease germs die off?

teflon_jones
04-05-2007, 10:02 AM
This site has some very good info on how to prevent it (non-commercial link :) ):
http://www.protectyourwaters.net/hitchhikers/others_whirling_disease.php

scruffy fly
04-09-2007, 04:26 PM
What am I supposed to do to my boots after fishing a river with whirling disease? Could those boots actually transmit the disease? How long would I need to let them sit before the disease germs die off?

Can your boots spread it? Yes they will. Read this from the whirling disease foundation:


http://whirlingdisease.montana.edu/pdfs/newsletter_v2_1_screen.pdf

Here is some more information about whirling disease with lots of links.

http://www.westdenvertu.org/NZMS/WhirlingDisease.htm

This page talks a lot about New Zealand Mudsnails but the wading equipment cleaning methods also has information with respect to Whirling Disease and Didymo.

http://www.westdenvertu.org/snails.htm

The protect your waters website referenced above has good general procedures for not spreading invasive species but some of the methods do not provide positive killing of the invasive species (the upside is they do not involve chemicals that may be harmful in other ways) or are not practical for many situations faced by a fisherman.

Pick your own method of inconvenience and help prevent the spread of invasives.