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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-08-2020, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ban on wading at Westmoreland casting pond

I recently got this response from the Portland Parks Supervisor, banning wading at the Casting pond. This appears to be random, arbitrary, and let's throw in capricious. She can be reached at [email protected] if you want a different outcome.

"We will be filling the pond sometime around May 15. Please be aware that we will no longer allow people inside the pond for any reason due to safety and health reasons.

Casting from the pond edge will be permissible.

Thanks and take care,
Heather"

PS: I wrote back asking who made this decision, and on what basis of change after many decades of wading and casting in the pond. I got an auto-response she will be back May 18th and that you can direct your inquiry to another person's email address (which I did send as well).

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I don't know on what basis they made their decision. However, a simple google search indicates that other forms of coronavirus can survive quite a long time (weeks) in freshwater.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7091381/

That study was in the dark.

Survival would be less in UV light, but the UV levels required to kill viruses are higher than typical sunlight. This remains a big unknown

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2...-with-uv-light

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I totally disagree with the rules. Most likely I will be the one who will not follow the rules.
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This ain't gonna be what you want to hear from some guy in Alaska but...

I'm a Glass Half Full guy, there's always a silver lining type for sure and hears my take. There's no better way to learn forward anchor placement and a more vertical start point for the cast than a wading prohibition. I fish on occasion where it is counter productive to wade and so have learned how to cope. You learn how to create a very narrow D and to execute a very quick and sharp casting stroke shortened nearly by half due to not going over the shoulder by much. You could say that all my casting has been fashioned to fit into various environmental constraints encountered on these rivers. SO when they deliver lemons make lemonade.

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