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#21 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 2:45:19 AM(UTC)
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Gnats were extra thick in the N Driftless tonight. I ate a few but also landed a tank. :)


Not the longest, but tank of an 18.

#22 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 2:45:22 AM(UTC)
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin during the week and Lincolnshire, Illinois on weekends.

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Today a buddy of mine told me he was on his way up from Delavan to fish Vernon Creek and did I want to join him? Nothing against my buddy, but the stories about the gnats made me reluctant. Nevertheless, I said I would meet him there after I finished work for the day. He got there around 3PM, and I was expected to turn up around 5. At 4 PM he called me to tell me he'd had enough, the gnats had sucked him dry, he was going home. I dodged a bullet there.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
#23 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 2:53:34 AM(UTC)
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i've fished 2 or 3 evenings a week the last month and haven't found the gnats to be bad. there around, but nothing a cig and some buggins doesn't take care of

did fish sunday afternoon and they were terrible when the sun finally came out. plus i got a few decent parsnip burns on my arms
#24 Posted : Monday, June 17, 2019 2:22:52 PM(UTC)
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I now know all too well that the gnats aren't just a problem in the Driftless: they're making fishing difficult south of the border too. My wife got home Friday afternoon and commented on the high winds. I thought that sounded perfect, that it would keep the mosquitoes and gnats off of me; no such luck. I was covered up pretty well but anywhere there was a break in the wind, from a few trees or some low ground, the biting insects were there. My hands were about the only things exposed and they found them. Lots of antihistamines and anti-inflammatories are making life bearable, but next time, I'm going out with permethrin-treated gloves.
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