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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:48:17 PM(UTC)
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I'm just curious for the brave few who hit the creeks and streams this time of year, how do you handle the bugs? I tried it once and the mosquitoes ate me alive. Had everything covered except my hands and forehead....had about 20 bites on each hand that evening.
#2 Posted : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:10:34 PM(UTC)
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You gotta hit the back of your hands, it’s 100% necessary. I have some 99% deet that I spray on my hat and vest. 40% spray for the neck and face, arms get it too. A long sleeve shirt helps too, try getting the sleeves wet first. It’ll keep you cool and you’ll discourage the bugs.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:28:55 PM(UTC)
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Truth be told, I just deal with them lol
Deet helps, sometimes. Sometimes not.
They seem to wax and wane - two weeks ago they chased me off my favorite stretch of water, but then last week they were practically non-existent in the same spot.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:41:47 PM(UTC)
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I don't really run into mosquitos very often and almost never at a nuisance level. One or two here or there that I can swat.

The gnats are my bane this time of year.

I've tried this…


But have found that this is the best solution to the trout stream gnat issue…


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#5 Posted : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:50:37 PM(UTC)
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Bug shirt w netting over face and gloves if its really bad but haven't seen that down here in a bit. A cigar numbs the sorrow and fills the solitary hours while smoking those bastards out.
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, August 1, 2018 11:19:11 AM(UTC)
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They do make insect proof shirts as well. I wear a long sleeve tick and mosquito barrier shirt. It works and is pretty lightweight. Also if u wade, there are fewer bugs over the water than in the woods. But there are hellish inferno moments at times. I left a stream twice this year due to mosquitoes. R
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Bug shirt and then a buff over my face. I used to hose down my clothing with Deet-based product, but have started using the Buggins stuff this year and have been happy with it.

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Life of Riley  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:57:22 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for all the tips guys. I was already doing most of what everyone said. Actually I looked like a complete mummy. I figured it out a little late, but I rubbed mud all over the back of my hands. I think another important lesson I learned that day was to fish more open stretches. The places where the mosquitoes were bad was where there was heavy tree cover and the breeze couldn't get through and of course bugs love the shade.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, August 1, 2018 4:26:43 PM(UTC)
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Buggins for gnats sprayed around the head and neck, and deet on the back of hands or other exposed surfaces. A head gaiter is a must in the summer to keep the biting critters off your ears and neck. It's hot, but better than getting bit. I have a big fat head and ended up making a gaiter out of a cheap child's synthetic t-shirt. Just cut the arms and neck opening part off, and instant plus-size gaiter!

Wind is the best mosquito repellent. 3-4 mph will send them to the the ground and they stay there. Of course, fishing early and late are the least likely times for wind. But a nice breeze will knock more bugs (hoppers, ants) into the water which can really energize the bite.

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#10 Posted : Friday, August 3, 2018 11:53:20 AM(UTC)
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I tip my hat to you summertime trout fishers.

I tried it a few times.

Weeds, bugs and heat were a little too much for me.
The places I like to go are more of a challenge in the summer than I can handle.

I think I love to fly fish during the winter season.
I don't keep the fish anyway.

No bugs, no sweat, no weeds, not very many fisherman and lots of fish.

Again, I salute your desire and perseverance!

Stan b
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