Wader Wash Stations at Missouri Trout Parks & MDC Open Forums on Diddymo

2010-10-16pic008(edited)(resized)It looks like the Missouri Department of Conservation is going to get serious on Diddymo in the State of Missouri.  In the coming weeks, they will be holding workshops throughout the state to discuss the effects of Diddymo and hopefully educate anglers about the topic (although I wonder why they didn’t reach out to some of the fishing organizations such as the various FFF clubs or smallmouth alliance clubs throughout the state, or have some of the meetings in more populated areas).  In addition to the meetings, they have installed wader wash stations at each of the trout parks, that are set to help rid your waders / wading boots of invasive species by using a 5% salt water solution.

As I have stated before on my blog, I am not 100% sold on the idea of banning felt soled boots.  To me, there are just way too many other places that could transfer invasive species.  I think the answer lies in angler education and understanding the effects of the invasive species and how to eradicate it once in the stream.  That being said, I did just order a pair of Korker boots with the kling-on rubber soles (both regular and studded), but I couldn’t help but order the studded felt too…..just in case and have been very proactive in the cleaning and drying out of my fishing gear when i go anywhere.

Here is what was written on MDC’s website regarding the wader stations and Diddymo:

One new feature at all four parks this year is the availability of wader-wash stations. These are baths with a 5-percent salt solution for boots and fishing gear. They are designed to kill the aquatic invasive species, Didymosphenia geminata. commonly known as Didymo. It’s less appetizing nickname, “rock snot,” captures its slimy experience and general undesirability.

Didymo is an invasive alga that forms dense mats on stream bottoms. It can become so thick that it disrupts natural food chains, making fishing impossible. Its arrival in trout streams around the globe probably is the result of its ability to cling to the porous surface of felt-soled fishing waders. Didymo is known to infest streams in 19 states. The infested stream nearest to Missouri is in northern Arkansas.

“We strongly encourage anglers to make use of the wader-wash stations to clean not only waders, but any fishing equipment that has been used in other states,” said MDC Hatchery Systems Manager James Civiello. “Anglers can unknowingly spread the microscopic alga on fishing gear, waders, and especially in any porous materials on wader soles.”

Civiello said anglers can help prevent the spread of rock snot by cleaning fishing gear and waders and drying them in the sun for 48 hours when moving between waters. They also can help by replacing felt-soled waders with rubber-soled ones.

You can also plan on attending one of the MDC Public Forums on Diddymo on the following dates:

  • Montauk State Park Seacy Building Tuesday March 15 at 6 p.m.
  • Bennett Spring State Park Bennet Spring Hatchery Building Monday March 21 at 6 p.m.
  • Sheperd of the Hills Hatchery Lake Taneycomo Table Rock Dam Dewey Short Visitor Center Saturday March 26 1 p.m.
  • Roaring River State Park Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center Thursday April 7 6 p.m.
  • Maramec Spring Park James Memeorial Library Meeting Rm. 300 w. Scioto, St. James Monday April 11 6 p.m.

You can read the whole article regarding Missouri Trout Parks opening day and trout fishing in Missouri, by clicking on this link.

–Matt Tucker

Dry Run Creek; A Trip Report by Hannah Tucker

Dry Run Creek

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending Friday afternoon and Saturday morning on Dry Run Creek with my 8 year old daughter Hannah and my long-time fishing buddy Brent McClane, as well as the Wise family (Brian, Jenny, Parker, and Carter).  It was Brent McClane’s first trip to watch the kids fish Dry Run, and afterward, I am quite certain he feels that this is a special place and that many more states should create a special area like this for the future of the outdoors.  It is with that logic, that I have asked Hannah if she would do the write-up for the site and tell the story of our fishing trip.

Hannah’s Fishing Trip To Dry Run Creek

By: Hannah Tucker

My fishing trip started by meeting Brent at Crackle  Barrel.  We ate breakfast before we hit the road.  I had 2 pancakes and 2 pieces of bacon. (F.Y.I.  I love bacon and pigs are my favorite animal.)  After we ate Dad helped Brent move his stuff.  Then we left to go to dry run creek.  When we were in Rolla we stopped at Wal-Mart to get me a fleece coat.  At lunch we went to Fred’s fish house.  I had a pulled pork sandwich with French fries.  Once we left Fred’s fish house we were almost there.  Brent and dad wood not stop farting. Mostly Brent was farting.  I know because I sat behind him in the car.  About 1:00 on Friday we were  at dry run.  Brian, Parker, Jenny, and Carter came to0.  On Friday the flies I used were a worm and an egg.  Carter caught the biggest fish on Friday.  We fished some more and I hooked a big brown.  We went to an Italian place and I got chicken alfrado.  Me Brent, and dad went to a hotel.  We went to bed and fell a sleep.  When we woke up we went to western sizzlin.  I got a cinnamon roll and more  bacon.  Then we left and went back to dry run.  In  morning I hooked a giant brown.  We moved up stream and saw a bunch of fish.  I fished it and got some really beautiful  fish.  There were purple and red strips on the bottom of some of them.  I got tired so we left.  We went to Colton’s Steak House but it is not worth writing about.   The end.

As you can see, it isn’t always about the fish catching when we take Kid’s fishing, but it is often the catching that will help hold their interest long enough to continue to do it.  Dry Run Creek never disappoints, and I look forward to every trip I get to take down there with Hannah.  Admittedly the report above leaves out alot of the fishing details, about the countless fish she landed or the numerous fish she lost (including the fish that Carter Wise later hooked and fought by himself); and maybe we should take note of that and realize that it isn’t always about the catching and to appreciate the entire trip; I know Hannah definitely reinforced that with me.  So, if you want more details of the trip, you will just have to ask Hannah….next time you see her on the stream or at her favorite fly shop.

–matt tucker