Monday, September 10, 2012

Dry

From a stopping invasives perspective my practice is to thoroughly dry equipment. Cleaning and Inspecting in my opinion is a tricky game but if things get bone dry then you can kill Didymo, the primary threat in my neighborhood.

After fishing the Farmy two weekends ago, I put my boots in their normal drying spot -- the oven that is my garage.

This past weekend I was going to try for Smallmouth on the Housy so before departing I checked my equipment. Dry waders. Check. Dry fly line. Check. Dry boots?

They feel dry. They're dusty.

But then I pull the insole.

Wet. Not just damp, but wet. So, now my boots are baking in the sun drying off.

Keep it clean out there folks. Keep it dry.

Wet
Oh, and there were Smallmouth too.


10 comments:

  1. Wet wade and then go home and take a shower with your boots on...then let them dry. Damn Didymo!

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    1. Yeah, wet wading definitely has its advantages.

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  2. Dry is good. I use the sunniest spot on the front porch to dry my boots and I usually leave them there for a couple days just to make sure they are really dry.

    Mark

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    1. Yeah, the back deck in the morning gets baking hot. It's my boot's new home.

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  3. Good info. I didn't know drying them completely would do the trick (even though mine are usually quite dry between trips).

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    1. For Didymo the protocol is: Clean, Inspect, Dry. Ideally all three though drying will do the trick for Didymo. Some invasive can survive drying so if you're in a stream with other problems check specifically for it. The challenge with drying is some equipment is harder to dry than others -- especially boots.

      http://cvtu.org/didymo/

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  4. Good call Steve...sadly, my boots are so dry it's a sin...damn low flows.

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    1. Fortunately the cool evenings will be cooling off the low water. Get out and get those boots wet! (and then dry them thoroughly)

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  5. For didymo, the greatest concern is for those anglers who travel large distances between fishing spots in a single day (or overnight). After all, if you're just hopping in the truck and running 5 miles upstream or downstream, you're not doing anything the deer aren't already doing.

    But if you move 4 counties in one day, you could indeed spread this nonsense in a hurry! Be careful!

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  6. Yeah, the Farmington is about a thirty minute drive from the Housatonic. That's a concern never mind the countless small streams in the area.

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