Don´t panic - it´s only mozzies.

Don´t panic - it´s only mozzies.

t.z. | Thursday, 16 July 2015

Trout and similar feed on insects - fly fishers make use of this behaviour. So the presence of insects are a good thing - mostly. However, due to unknown reason som of these insects do feed on blood. I assume on all sort s of blood - but I am pretty sure they feed on my blood. The fact that the suck my blood sucks … really.

To get my blood they have to inject some poison which itches very badly. I give a rats ass about the scientific explanation. Why has god not designed this better? I had no problem to shed a few drops if it helps the environment.

So why this itching? I guess I can´t change the anatomy and function of Mosquitos, Sandflies, Knott (Scandinavian term for tiny, tiny and even smaller) insects which give a real burn. My friend „Lasse the flybox maker“ calls them „little mouthes with wings attached. Here in Scandinavia it can be quite severe, but remember - itching normally means that some hatch is going on and you´ll be catching fish soon. I promise. ;-)

What I propose is to deal with the problem. 

- try to be in windy place when it gets too tough 
- make sure to dress to the occasion - tight sleeves on the shirts and trousers, sting proof fabric 
- a cap is essential 
- a buff impregnatetd with some kind of DEET product
- thin neoprene gloves 
- sunglasses which cover the eyes tightly does help against the „knott“ 
- get insects repellent with a high concentration of DEET (given you have kids already and do not want more)
- a net for over the head - make sure it is tight enough for the smallest of the bastards - you won´t see much when you use it, but it is really a last resort measure ;-) 
- after bite medicine to ease the itch
- insect repellent which can be burned
- make a campfire and stand in the smoke
- insect spray 
- coffee for staying awake 

onlymozzies - 4selection of armory agains the "biting bastards"

onlymozzies - 1
mozzie net - I can´t see (pun intended) how one can possibly fish efficiently wit this,
so for me this is more of a "last resort solution when the panic kicks in

onlymozzies - 3
DEET is "the shit" - max legal concentration to sell in Norway is 20%

Important is tactics and calmness. It is a good idea to dress and protect the exposed skin before you go „out“. Generally it is too late once you are in a mozzie zone . Stay calm.

Don´t panic! - frantically fighting hem off by waving your arms just attracts them and makes them even more agressive.

So again - Don´t panic! - it´s only mozzies

Enjoy the fishing.  /t.z.


picture by Al Pyke

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. You can book Thomas for guided trips, flytying classes and presentations. He regularly gives speeches and demonstrations at fly fishing fairs. Thomas is member of the ProTeam at Partridge of Redditch as well as Regal Vises.