Have you ever had a bad relationship...with Poison Ivy ? This irritating plant can ruin a summer. When I look down and realize I am standing in a Poison Ivy patch, I freeze. My mind races as I ponder my next move. Fortunately waders are the best deterrent. Hands held high, I slip into the river and submerge the parts of my waders that had contact.
Getting in and out of the river is your most vulnerable time. Sliding in you put your hands down on the river bank...getting out you grab a hand full of foliage...look first! This is the time of the year when you are exposed to the possiblity of grabing a handful and it is hard to get rid of of that rash and itch. Hot and humid weather makes it almost impossible to beat that rash. If exposed to bare skin, rinse off those affected areas and visit a church on the way home!
Spending time along the river in remote areas you must always be conscious of the environment. Bees, Deer flies, Mosquitoes, Black flies and Poison Ivy can be more of a problem than a bear. Your knowledge of Mother Nature, simple alertness and preparation, will give you a fruitful outing. You are here to fish...not itch.