We are going into our fifth year of living on our little farm. The earlier years were spent in just getting things more or less the way we wanted them. Last summer I started working on clearing vegetation in our farm pond (about half an acre) that we share with our neighbor. One thing I found out very quickly is that the pond is loaded with leeches, some of them pretty darn big! After the first foray I wore knee-high cotton socks, but still got bitten some. I had also put some fish into the pond earlier in the summer, but couldn't find any when I started cleaning in September. I know there are turtles and muskrats, so I might have just given those critters a nice catered dinner. Now in the depths of winter, my thoughts are turning to better ways of cleaning out vegetation and also stocking appropriately. We can't afford to drain the pond and dredge. Besides, it's spring-fed so wouldn't drain completely anyway. I've looked at some pond sites on the internet, but wondered what kind of experiences and advice HT folks could share with me. BTW, the vegetation I'm working on is mostly lilypads and arrowheads, with some filamentous algae. I actually like all of them, but in mid to late summer they almost completely cover the pond surface.