It that time where we are out to our hot spots for fly fishing. As part of our extrusion, we should be ready for unexpected critters. One of the most hated are ticks. This year, ticks are to be really bad, especially parts of the countries that had a mild winter.
What are you doing to protect yourself from them? What works best to keep them off?
I lived in Newnan Georgia for a while and in the woods and stream environment there were also chiggers. The best protection was long pants - tuck them into boots - a cap if you were ducking through the trees & shrubs - and repellent sprayed on the pants especially at the lower legs. For ticks there was never a sure shot that I found. Checking ones self for hitchhikers after an outing was always a must. If you wet wade don't forget about leech's Sounds like a good time huh.......
Back in PA I had the reputation as a real "Tick Magnet" believe it or not!
All kidding aside, whether it was back-packing, camping, fishing, whatever... I seemed to pick up more ticks than the rest of the party put together. I never took any extra precautions and was fortunate enough to escape the northeast without contracting Lyme. The ratio of Deer Ticks to Wood Ticks steadily increased over the last decade-and-a-half that I lived there and it became a year round thing (I was picking up the occasional tick in Jan/Feb).
Some of my pal's sprayed their socks liberally with high-DEET bug dope and claimed that it helped, but word of caution; be very careful with any type of repellent around your waders and or fly line... it will ruin it.
Same goes for sprays that you might use for other biting insects, it's best to spray it on your hands and wipe it where you need it, then wash your hands before handling your line or touching your waders.
On a side note, still waiting to see my first tick since moving to Utah.
Waders cinched up , taped sleeves and pants legs , bug spray , ball cap and on and on. Don't matter if they want to get in they do. The best thing is a full body check when you get home. Helps to have somebody to check the spots you can't see. Favorite spoton my kids was under there arm pits. The good thing is so far most lyme disease cases don't come from my part of Pa. The bad thing is we seem to have alot more of the bigger ticks than the deer ticks and they're a little harder to remove.
I've found the best way to back them out if they're deep and coating them with Vaseline doesn't work is a hot rope tip or cigar. Gives me an exuse to buy a good stoogie!
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It's a good reminder to have these types of threads. Just yesterday I went out solo for a longggggg hike on a superb trout stream. I was wearing waders, long sleeved shirt tucked into waders, buff, and a hat, and I still found 3 ticks! I've almost decided that there is no way to keep them off. I've become a HUGE fan of the Buff. Has kept those nasty gnats and biting flies off my face and neck.
I was assuming that since you're in Kansas you are not wearing waders all the time. If you are you have 2/3's of yourself protected already. Stay in the open, don't be crawling through the bush and you should be fine. If you aren't wearing chest waders refer to first reply.
For mosquitos I use Cutter's Advanced, a non DEET repellant that uses Picaridin. Try to get the sportsman formula. It is safe for fly lines and plastics and can be used on the skin. It is non oily and has no odor.