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    midge repellent review - Smidge

    I know it is sort of the wrong time of the year for this but, in my defence, the midges were out in the Hebrides yesterday.

    After reading some comments here about "Smidge" I thought to give it a try and picked some up in Inverness at the start of September. The first day I headed out fishing in the Hebrides saw it flat calm and so I thought it was a good chance to test the Smidge. I slapped it on. It smells nice and doesn't appear to have disolved my fly line or rod varnish. Also that I can see my skin has had no bad reaction to it, something I'm prone to.

    In terms of repelling midges the performance was mixed. Some people are mostly annoyed by the midges landing on them and crawling about etc. and it certainly didn't seem to prevent this. Nor did it prevent me getting eyes, nose and ears full of them. However, despite them crawling all over me there is no question that Smidge stopped them biting me and I don't think I had a single bite for the day.

    So, specially if having midges crawl all over you annoys you a lot, it is no replacement for a head net however my experience is that it works quite well in stopping them biting and it seems to be relatively mild on plastic and skin.

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    I used it a few weeks ago in Sutherland and it did not seem to have much effect at all. Mind you neither does anything else.
    I would say that Skin So Soft is the best of a bad bunch but if you really want to stop them, get a Bugwear jacket.

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    Is it the midge bites or the midges crawling all over you that annoys you Purdy24? The reason I ask is that I've watched this for a while now, spending as I do a lot of time in the Hebrides, and it seems to me that for most people the annoyance actually comes from having the midges crawl all over them, get in eyes and ears and so on. This results in a feeling like an itch when in fact the midges my not actually be biting much but are just crawling around. If this is what bugs you (couldn't resist it) then I suspect smidge will do nothing for you. I took the following photo on the first day I tested smidge, you can see that it is an ideal midge day and they were out in their millions, and although the midges crawled all over me I had no actual bites


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    Depends on your body chemistry so they say.
    Nothing seems to work for me against the midge-just have to wear a veil and lump it

    Buckstalker

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    I used Smidge for the first time the other week while competing in the Loch Ness Monster Challenge (a team relay Duathalon round the shores of Loch Ness) I used the Smidge and did not get one bite, my team mates used nothing and go bitten. Bit early to be 100% but maybe I was just lucky that time, it might be next year before I need it again as the weather is turning.

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thar View Post
    I used Smidge for the first time the other week while competing in the Loch Ness Monster Challenge (a team relay Duathalon round the shores of Loch Ness) I used the Smidge and did not get one bite, my team mates used nothing and go bitten. Bit early to be 100% but maybe I was just lucky that time, it might be next year before I need it again as the weather is turning.

    ATB

    Tahr
    you wernt running hard enough to bring a sweat on mate!!! Either than that you were too quick for the little buggers........


    I swear by SOS but like all if you wipe or sweat it aint going to work......... Nothing worse when they are crawling over you, then you wipe then the bites start..


    cheers
    nutty

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    Is it the midge bites or the midges crawling all over you that annoys you
    Purdy24? The reason I ask is that I've watched this for a while now, spending as
    I do a lot of time in the Hebrides, and it seems to me that for most people the
    annoyance actually comes from having the midges crawl all over them, get in eyes
    and ears and so on. This results in a feeling like an itch when in fact the
    midges my not actually be biting much but are just crawling around. If this is
    what bugs you (couldn't resist it) then I suspect smidge will do nothing for
    you. I took the following photo on the first day I tested smidge, you can see
    that it is an ideal midge day and they were out in their millions, and although
    the midges crawled all over me I had no actual bites
    That certainly looks like midgie conditions in your pic Caorach.
    It is the bites that bother me and I did have a few after using the Smidge.I am told that it is only the females that bite.However I am sure that I have heard that somewhere before.

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    Tried this stuff for the 1st time at the weekend and despite the little fekers being out in force never suffered a single bite ( and I react badly to the bites so fairly sure I would have noticed). When we first got out of the car they decended but after a quick application of Smidge, despite seeing loads around our heads they never troubled us again. Even seemed to help Bella, my Lab.

    So far very impressed.

    Tesco has it at the moment for 6.99
    "Imagine you're a deer. You're prancing along, you get thirsty, you spot a little brook, you put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water... BAM! A f**kin bullet rips off part of your head! Your brains are laying on the ground in little bloody pieces! Now I ask ya. Would you give a f**k what kind of pants the son of a bitch who shot you was wearing?"

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    and here's the app http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/scott...375094872?mt=8.

    I started using smidge last year with great results well worth buying it.

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    There is an SD member currently selling Smidge who will post it out to you, worth a look if you can't get it locally:

    https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/showthread.php/41129-Smidge-Midge-Repellant?highlight=smidge

    (
    no connection, never had any dealings with him so just mentioning this for info as it may not be readily available in some areas)
    For self catering accommodation on the Isle of Lewis please visit:
    http://www.7south.co.uk/




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