This may seem a bit odd, but I thought I would go ahead and ask for opinions about it anyways. I fish in the Nolan River. It runs right behind my house, and even though it's small, it holds some beasts in it. I think because of the relatively mild winter that we had in Texas this year, a lot of the insects did not die off. The first weekend that I spent down at the river fishing (pulled out a 10 pounder also), I quickly learned that there is a serious tick problem. I didn't even think about it, seeing as how it usually isn't THAT big of a problem. I was looking around when I suddenly spotted one on my minnow bucket.. and then one on my tackle box.. and then another one on my chair.. and then three or four crawling up my pants.. more crawling up my boots. It was almost like something out of a horror movie. I quickly grabbed my stuff and high tailed it to a cleared out spot a little ways down the river where I set up again (caught a channel and some bullheads). I got all of the ticks off of my person, and tried to get them off of my things that I had with me. I was standing there watching the leaves next to the cleared out spot.. and one by one they would start crawling out onto the cleared out dirt, and towards me. In all I must have killed 30 or so. Later on after I loaded my stuff up in my car and went home (and checked myself in the mirror) I went out to my car to get some things out, and got another one crawling up my arm from the stuff in my car. I left the next morning and drove back up to Arlington. Went to bed that night, woke up in the morning, took a shower, and as I was getting dressed, had one crawling on my shoulder. I couldn't believe how much of a problem I had that weekend. Do you guys ever face such problems when in the woods fishing? How do you handle them? And is there anything I can do to reduce their numbers?