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Felt:  friend or fo?

August 16, 2010
Author: Trouts Staff


Recently, there has been a lot of controversy and debate of the proposed ban of felt soled boots.  Alaska and Vermont have officially banned felt soled boots, and other states like Maryland won’t be far behind.  I’ve remarked in previous posts on where I stand on this issue, and have had insightful conversations with customers and business colleagues alike.  So I was thrilled/amazed/disappointed to read the latest article put out by none other than the New York Times on the issue (read the full article).

Now putting the debate and accompanying science to the side for a moment, what struck me most about this article is how poorly it makes our industry and sport look to the general public.  The author does a great job of using published science and the opinions of those that matter most to paint a picture of a bunch of sportsman who are more concerned about what material stands between them and the bottom of a river, than they do about the future health and viability of our nations fisheries.  So whether or not you believe in the need and viability of a ban on felt soled boots, I think it’s fair to say that the time has come for all of us to put petty personal beliefs and differences aside, and open our eyes to what this debate is truly about.

But hey, these are just my thoughts, what do you think?

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