Finally a Great Lakes
Are Fearsome propaganda thread I can get behind!
I can recall
in my youth countless windless midsummer motors across the lakes plagued by vicious flies the likes of which would cause the saltiest ocean sailors to cower.
Always seemed like just around the time we first dropped the shore behind us and were finally out of sight of land that they would make their appearance as relatively small and uninspiring hatchlings that spawned from the glassy water
However, as the day would wear on and morning became afternoon these demons would grow in size before your eyes as they matured into menacing adulthood. They were mercilessly cruel, bloodthirsty, and fiendishly sadistic buggers not to be countered by the most motivated crews armed with flyswatters and ball caps as they swarmed from their redoubt upon the transom while our blood stained the decks with splotches of red.
I was taught by a devious crew memebr that a cup with frothy soapy water would be their demise when held up underneath them as they alighted on the cabin
but even this tactic could not even be counted on to decimate their hoards.
The most learned and wisest of our party taught me that battle could never be won and the best strategy to stave off attrition was retreat into the confines of a fitted sheet and pray for wind
. The elastic on the edges of the fitted sheets
provided the surest bastion against their incessant probing while the lightness of the fabric
was the least stifling in the dull hot stagnant air.
The sea may be a cruel mistress but she is no equal to the most wicked bane that torments the Great Lakes
Haha. Just kidding, I actually think the sand flies of the Low Country in South Carolina and Georgia
are worse. Like ten times worse. Those bastards are the definition of evil. Flies on the Great Lakes got nothing on estuarian insects.