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Old 11-27-2000, 03:39 PM
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RE:Whirling Disease

Great article Terry!

One anachronism and a slight error in the report - steelhead *are* rainbow trout, and WD has since been reported in eastern Washington state on the upper Columbia tributaries where native steelhead, salmon and trout are clinging to their existence.

Very informative though.

For the record - People once believed that angler's waders were not instrumental in the spread of WD. I argued vehemently that our waders were instruments of infection across regions. The spores reportedly survive up to 30 years in dried mud, it was a no-brainer to me. Still anglers refused to take actions to prevent spread by felt soles, etc.

I am proud to say I left my WA state wading boots out in Seattle when I moved in anticipation of my once-a-year visits. I have never cross-pollenated streams with my feet!

thanks for the link,

Juro
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