Help Stem the Spread of Aquatic Invasives — Inspect, Clean, & Dry Your Gear.
As the threat of Aquatic Nuisance Species
(ANS) such as New Zealand mud snails
and Didymo grows, anglers wonder what’s
the best way to care for gear to help stem
“The best way to care for your gear to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives is to
Inspect, Clean, and Dry your gear."– Dave Kumlein, Whirling Disease Foundation
- Inspect gear and remove mud and vegetation before leaving a fishing location.
- Clean gear with hot water (= or > 104° F).*
- Dry gear thoroughly before entering new water.
* Chemicals used to clean gear are harsh on gear and environmentally harmful. Orvis and most leading
conservation organizations do not recommend them.
Felt-soled wading boots - one source of the spread of ANS
While birds, wildlife, and outdoor pursuits other than
angling can carry ANS from watershed to watershed,
we anglers play a part. Felt soles on wader
boots are the primary concern of anglers,
as they make the most contact with the
river bottom where ANS live. Combine that
with felt being absorbent and slow to dry, and they
become the #1 carrier of ANS due to angling.
The Innovative Design of River Guard Wading Boots with EcoTraX™ Soles
Our new River Guard Wading Boots with
EcoTraX™ Soles help stem the spread of
ANS because ANS can’t cling to them as well as to
felt. EcoTraX soles also dry exponentially
faster than felt, which can take days to dry thoroughly enough for absorbed ANS to die.
New EcoTraX sole treads, exclusive to Orvis,
have special sharp edges on the lugged cross
pattern to grab better
than other rubber soles.
We include PosiGrip™
screw-in studs, so you get the best traction in varied conditions for
While there’s no panacea to stop the spread
of ANS, new River Guard boots go a long
way to help.
“Our higher purpose as a company is to introduce our customers to the natural world;
show them the infinite reward of the experience and the lifestyle that surrounds it;
and perhaps most importantly, work with them to ensure its survival.”
– Perk Perkins, Orvis CEO
Wash invasives away! Rubber soles make
washing off invasive species far easier. The smooth
non-absorbent surface, unlike felt that absorbs water
and spores that can remain in it for weeks on end,
gives spores and the like no place to take
root or “hide.’’