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09-19-2006, 08:24 PM
What is the recommended (easy) method of decontaminating wading boots, etc to prevent moving parasites from one water to another one. Just returned from out west and do not want to put anything into Tennessee trout streams?

Paula Begley
09-21-2006, 07:01 AM

No method of decontamination is easy. Here is one I read about a while ago.

Mix equal parts FORMULA 409 DISINFECTANT and WATER then soak gear for 5 minutes. Dunk gear in a bucket or put in a [ch8220]dry[ch8221] bag, shake, then let steep for 5 minutes. If these options are not available, spray equipment with a squirt bottle and keep wet for 5 minutes. Pay particular attention to the inside of wading boots, under laces and inside tongue gussets.

Hope this helps.


09-21-2006, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the information. Will purchase some 409 and get to work.

09-21-2006, 12:16 PM
The Whirling Disease Foundation located at whirling-disease.org suggest using Chlorine(household bleach) and water in a 50/50 solution by dipping or spraying it on waders or other equipment. Use a boot brush and rinse off with clean water and allow to fully dry. This is also useful for cleaning up boats and trailer bunks to prevent the spread of parasites. There are some pictures of nasty creatures and the damaging effects they can have on the fisheries. I would hate to see this problem spread even worse and I hope everyone will take the time to clean their gear after use.

09-21-2006, 02:18 PM
I personally use a bleach mixture similar to that recommended by TWDF. The only difference is I was the boots and waders first with 409 or Simple Green. I then dunk the soles of the boots in the bleach solution and allow to dry. I don't rinse the bleach solution out.

Paula Begley
09-21-2006, 03:53 PM

I would not recommend not rinsing the bleach solution out of the boots and waders. Bleach is very caustic and could cause damage to the fabric and threads of the items if left on them. Whatever disinfectant you use...and bleach is a good idea...should be rinsed out of the boots and waders, IMHO.