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Old 03-27-2012, 08:17 AM
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Default Didymo video

Owl Jones posted a link to this video on his blog. It's worth a watch, IMO.

http://vimeo.com/39075187

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Old 03-27-2012, 08:46 AM
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That is one video I will remember. That river looks very similar to Smokies streams. It makes you think that maybe in our lifetime the streams in the Smokies will look like that. Just a horrible thing to watch.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:51 PM
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The gunpowder is a tail water, much like ours here in east tn. Just like the gunpowder our tailwaters have didymo, and somehow the mountains year after year stay clear of it. I believe the video did say that extremely high flows help to scouge the bottom clean of the didymo, so maybe our 2 or 3 mini floods a year in the mountains helps actually keep the rivers from getting it? I also wonder hour didymo affects spawning? Surely it cannot help. With that said, I will keep wearing my felt soles. I dry them completely, and do not hop from tailwaters to the mountains in one day. I also believe that it is useless to ban felt when our fly line, flies, gloves, pants, anything neoprene, birds, and who knows what else transports as much if not more micro organisms than our felts soles do.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:36 PM
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That is a good point 2weight I have never seen a mountain stream anywhere with Didymo that I noticed. I wonder if it just isn't possible due to the high flows or maybe would only be possible in the lower reaches of places like Abrams or the Little River. I have seen the slime on the rocks through Townsend and wondered if that was Didymo.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:16 PM
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I seem to recall reading somewhere that either the wider variation in water temps or the comparatively lower amount of direct sunlight on mountain streams vs tailwaters is believed to account for why didymo is not generally found in the mountains. I'll have to see if I can find where I read that and post a link.

Also, FWIW, I think I recently ran across a report that said recent research in New Zealand(?) showed improved populations of scud and other small aquatic critters in the didymo infested rivers that might actually lead to improved trout food sources in those rivers. Therefore didymo might not be the harbinger of doom that folks have been worried that it would be. Certainly something that may deserve more research.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:26 PM
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I have an old refigerator in my garage and when I get home from a tailwater. I stick my boots in a wal-mart bag and freeze them.I was told this to be a great alternitive to bleach water.
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