Update: States Moving Toward Felt Sole Bans

February 22, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

Are U.S. states planning to follow the lead of New Zealand in tightly controlling the use and cleanliness of wading gear?
A ban on felt soles is currently set for January 1, 2011 in southeast Alaska. But New Mexico and Vermont are also looking at either outright bans on use or sales prohibitions. Maryland, Utah and Colorado have banned the use of felt by their fisheries research crews.
If you want to read more opinions about the “rightness” or “wrongness” of felt, check out Phil Monahan’s article “The Truth About Feltless Soles.”