Cumberland Times-News


July 20, 2013

Calling them crossguns is OK with me

... and what’s up with rock snot


“The not so good news is that more than five years after didymo was confirmed in the Gunpowder, and after at least two major flooding events, it’s still there.
“... in the Gunpowder, didymo seems to be, at worst, a seasonal nuisance for anglers, with no evidence so far of adverse ecological impacts.”
Maryland Natural Resources Police Sgt. Dave Marple said this week that he and his fellow officers have not encountered many anglers violating the ban on felt soles this year.
“The first year we saw felt soles fairly frequently, but we issued only warnings because the regulation was new,” Marple said.
“Trout fishermen are for the most part people who want to do right. Every now and then we might run into somebody from out of the area who heard about good fishing on the North Branch (Potomac) and comes to try it, but didn’t know about the felt sole regulation, but I haven’t actually written a ticket for it.”
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