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I'll never forget the hot summer day a group of friends were swimming in the Watauga at a hole affectionately named "lower snake pit falls". I was picking up rocks looking at crayfish and then the unimaginable happened. I picked up a hippie's dreadlock. An actual dreadlock from some hippie...Later that evening I got really sick, fever and all. Was it the disgusting mat of hair and who know what else? dunno. In short, I blame hippies for this.
 

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I'll never forget the hot summer day a group of friends were swimming in the Watauga at a hole affectionately named "lower snake pit falls". I was picking up rocks looking at crayfish and then the unimaginable happened. I picked up a hippie's dreadlock. An actual dreadlock from some hippie...Later that evening I got really sick, fever and all. Was it the disgusting mat of hair and who know what else? dunno. In short, I blame hippies for this.
I blame hippies for a lot of things. Heck 2 of them cursed you all with me!


Gene Red >X< Asheboro
 

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...I picked up a hippie's dreadlock. An actual dreadlock from some hippie...
It's Rastafarians from Jamaica that wear dreadlocks....like the late Bob Marley...."...I shot the sheriff but I did not shoot the deputy..." I think they put mud in their hair to make those strands stick together. They really might spread Whirling disease! A fair skinned, blond girl I went to high school with came back from Jamaica with muddy lookin' dreads....and red eyes. I was near her at a class reunion and her hair literally smelled like dead fish.

Could Whirling disease spread all over Watauga Lake? ....or. does it only thrive in streams?
 

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It was inevitable. You have people who fish out west, come home and not clean their felt soles.
The demonization of felt needs to stop. There's no evidence whatsoever that it meaningfully contributes to the spread of either didymo or whirling disease (the former is a stream chemistry issue, the latter is spread almost exclusively through hatchery reared fish). The state is urging folks to clean their equipment not because it meaningfully contributes to stopping g the spread of whirling disease, but because it distracts from the real issues, namely terrible management of the fishery and lax efforts in keeping diseased stocktards out of our trout waters. NCWRC is the problem, not the solution.
 
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