Clean Angler Be Reponsible! Keep Our Waters Clean!

As aquatic invasive species increasingly threaten our waters, each of us must be responsible in protecting our fishing resources. Rubber soled wading boots are effective in preventing the spread of invasive species ONLY because they can be thoroughly cleaned, but it is up to you to clean them! Make the following Clean Angler steps your habitat habit every time you fish:


1 Inspect: Immediately after exiting the water, remove any visible vegetation or organisms.

2 Clean: Transport boots to a field, lawn, or area away from waterways – including city sewer drains, and then thoroughly scrub and rinse boots with clean, fresh water. For more detailed cleaning tips, click here.

3 Dry: Always begin each wade with clean, dry boots.

River Water
For more information about aquatic invasive species and how you can prevent their spread, check out the online sources below:
Recent Articles:
Legislature Considers Ban On Felt-Soled Waders
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP), April 12th, 2010
Invasive Species Could Spoil Pennsylvanians’ Favorite Trout Habitats
Bob Jarzomski, April 16th, 2010
Rubber Tread Joins Fight Against Invasive Aquatic Species
Dave Buchanan, March 24, 2010
  Felt vs. Rubber Soles
The Science of Felt
Bob Wiltshire, Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species
“When researchers looked at this question it became obvious that felt presented disinfection problems that other materials did not...This is dramatic evidence that felt soles present a much greater risk of transport than rubber soles.”
An Interview with Dave Kumlien
Answers about whirling disease and Trout Unlimited’s position on aquatic invasive species January 2010
  What Are Aquatic Invasive Species:
Frequently Asked Questions About Aquatic Hitchhikers
“In this FAQ, you can find answers to general questions about the national aquatic hitchhiker problem. ”
Aquatic Species
“Listed below are the aquatic species for which we have completed species profiles - general information about aquatic species commonly known as invasive.”
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
Trout Unlimited
Species of Concern
“The species listed below are only a few of the many aquatic nuisance species that are potentially harmful to environments in which they are not native.”
FAQs about Rock Snot in New Hampshire
Federation of Fly Fishers
”Join the us in our commitment to protect our fisheries resources from aquatic invasive species.”
  What You Can Do:
Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
What Anglers Can Do
Trout Unlimited